Creators Syndicate to Purchase Copley News Service

By: Dave Astor

Creators Syndicate announced late Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with Copley Press to buy Copley News Service (CNS). The selling price was not disclosed.

The Los Angeles-based, 1987-founded Creators is one of the five largest syndicates in the country. The San Diego-based, 1955-founded Copley is one of the eight biggest.

The sale is scheduled to take effect July 1, at which time Creators will change the name of Copley News Service to Creators News Service.

Creators President Richard S. Newcombe said in a statement: “Copley News Service provides a great product and has a base of loyal newspaper and Internet customers. This purchase opens new markets for Creators columnists and cartoonists. By acquiring Copley’s services, Creators will have an even stronger product.” E&P could not reach Newcombe for comment today.

“We believe this is a good fit for our operation,” added CNS Vice President/Editor Glenda Winders. “We are confident this will provide a good home for our contributors.”

CNS syndicates its content via packages and individually. One of its creators is Investor’s Business Daily editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez, who won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his work. Other creators include editorial cartoonists Steve Breen and Scott Stantis, opinion columnists Phyllis Schlafly and Jack Kemp, business writer Malcolm Berko, and many more.

Creators’ lineup of 100-plus features includes editorial cartoons by Mike Luckovich, Steve Benson, Gary Varvel, and Chip Bok; columns by Robert Novak, Bill O’Reilly, Susan Estrich, Roland Martin, Pat Buchanan, and Connie Schultz; and comics such as “B.C.,” “The Wizard of Id,” and “Speed Bump.”

Over the years, Creators has also syndicated Hillary Clinton and the late Ann Landers, Molly Ivins, Benazir Bhutto, and Herblock.

Past syndicate sales/mergers have included Tribune Media Services absorbing the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Universal Press Syndicate buying Chronicle Features, and King Features Syndicate purchasing North America Syndicate and the Cowles Syndicate.

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