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LAZY JOY & SAGA EGMONT ACQUIRE CHINESE AND FRENCH PUBLISHING RIGHTS TO THE RED HARLEQUIN

17 Feb - 2021

The YA fantasy book series The Red Harlequin, by Roberto Ricci has secured two new publishing deals with China’s Lazy Joy Digital Technology Company, Ltd. and Saga Egmont France. 

The deal, negotiated by multiplatform rights agency Pantomimus Media, will see the books made available to nearly half the world’s population, with translations in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, and Turkish.

Beijing based audiobooks platform Lazy Joy Digital Technology Company, Ltd. will distribute audio, print and eBook versions of all five books in the The Red Harlequin series to the Chinese market, including the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and anywhere Chinese language books are sold, starting in 2021 in China. Lazy Joy now distributes over 390,000 ebooks and 130,000 audiobooks in 54 languages all over the world. 

Mr Yu Meng, CEO and Founder of Lazy Joy stated: “Lazy Joy is an audiobook and ebook platform in China, Europe, Russia, APAC, Africa and the world. There is a great appetite in China for stories with epic, legendary stories, featuring strong heroes and villains in the battle of good against evil. The Red Harlequin series is a timeless, sweeping saga with great drama, engaging characters and gripping plots that will appeal to our readers.”

Digital publishing specialist Saga Egmont France has acquired the French audio rights to the first three books of the series. Book 1 of the audiobooks, De Masques et de Chromes, is already on sale across all digital outlets, with book 2 following on February 8th, and Book 3 on March 1st. Founded in Denmark in 2014, Saga Egmont has expanded into seven European markets with a catalogue of over 27,000 audiobooks and 50,000 eBooks from across the globe.

We are delighted to include THE RED HARLEQUIN in our growing catalogue,” said Sophie Debefve, Editor at Saga France, “and to expand our reach in the key French market with such a strong and compelling title. We very much look forward to working with author Roberto Ricci to make the launch of this book series an enduring success.”

The deals follow the launch of Dreamscape’s Red Harlequin audio books in English, Fabler Audio’s Red Harlequin audiobooks in Italian and SonoLibro’s The Red Harlequin audiobooks in Spanish, which were produced with high-end actors, custom music and realistic sound effects that give the stories an exciting cinematic feel, and an extra layer of drama. 

To sample Dreamscape, Saga France, Fabler Audio and SonoLibro’s audiobooks, click below:

https://www.audible.com/series/Red-Harlequin-Audiobooks/B084RSPJL1

https://www.sonolibro.com/audiolibros/roberto-ricci/el-arlequin-rojo-i- 

https://samples.pubhub.dk/9788726703641.mp3 

https://www.fableraudio.it/collections/the-red-harlequin/products/maschere-e-cromi-the-red-harlequin-volume-1 

Roberto Ricci comments, “I am thrilled to welcome these new publishing partners to our rapidly expanding Red Harlequin family. Audiobooks are enjoying tremendous growth all around the world and are also being listened to by younger generations. Digital platforms are the perfect way for us to make The Red Harlequin‘s stories universally available to our target audience.” 

Pantomimus Media has partnered with audio, ebook, comic and traditional publishers across the globe, making the YA Fantasy Series available to half the world’s population, with translations available in Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Turkish and Kazakh.

Created by ex-journalist and kids’ entertainment executive Roberto Ricci, The Red Harlequin is an epic YA series that features Asheva, an aspirational teenager living in a complex world divided among Chrome Nations, where everyone lives hidden behind a mask. Backed by Finnish Media Fund, IPR, the series is being developed as a TV show with Showrunner Robert Butler (BAFTA winning co-creator of the BBC/DHX Creeped Out anthology series), and Rick Porras (co-producer of The Lord of the Rings). 

For more information: www.theredharlequin.com

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