With 2600 employees and about 44 publishing imprints, Editis holds leading positions in three segments of the publishing business, in particular Literature (trade and mass market formats), Education (scholarly, scholastic aids, middle school, high school, university, legal and medical), and Reference (dictionaries and encyclopedias), as well as in the field of publishing services (promotion and distribution). Prestigious publishers and efficient group-wide services have made Editis number two in the world of French publishing and a major player in Europe. Editis has a clearly stated objective: to strengthen its position on the French market, to continue its growth, and to expand its influence throughout the French-speaking world.
The second-largest publishing group in France
Editis: prestigious publishing houses in three sectors
> Literature - Editions First-Gründ: essays, practical guides, IT, travel guides, children’s books, art books and other non fiction. - La Découverte: essays and non-fiction, humanities and the social sciences, economics, history, sociology, geopolitics, philosophy, psychology, foreign literature. - Le cherche midi: non-fiction, French and foreign literature, poetry, humor, practical guides and art books. - Les Editions XO (Oh! Editions): novels, essays, current affairs. - Place des éditeurs (Presses de la Cité, Belfond, Convergences, Omnibus, Hors Collection, Le Pré aux Clercs, Solar, Acropole, Lonely Planet, Hemma, Langue au chat): foreign literature, French novels, biographies, essays and other non fiction, illustrated books, personal stories, science fiction, fantasy, detective fiction, anthologies, tourist guides, humour, comics, practical guides, illustrated books, books for children. - Plon: essays, history, novels, ethnology, non-fiction, practical guides, children’s books, French and foreign literature, dictionaries. - Perrin-Presses de la Renaissance: history books in large format and paperback, general literature, spirituality, philosophy, essays, biographies, personal stories, fiction, illustrated books, travel writing and other non fiction. - Robert Laffont, NiL, Julliard, Seghers: French and foreign literature, essays, documents, narratives, personal narratives, biography, poetry. - Univers Poche (Pocket, 10/18, Fleuve Noir, Pocket Jeunesse, Kurokawa): five imprints whose publishing lines complement each other perfectly, covering all types of fiction and non-fiction: novels, whodunits, thrillers, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, psychological self-help guides, spirituality, non-fiction, essays, mangas, learning foreign languages, etc.
> Education - Bordas: educational tools, textbooks, classroom material, scholastic aids, works on educational methods, cultural reference books. - De Boeck: academic publications, secondary, university and professional education; legal publications, in French and Dutch. - CLE International: textbooks specializing in teaching French as a foreign language. - Nathan: educational games, textbooks, pedagogical manuals, reviews, touch and feel books and classroom materials, scholastic aids, children’s literature, nature guides. - Retz: educational methods for primary school, pedagogical manuals, scholastic aids and remedial education and individual development.
> Reference - Le Robert: expertise in French language and culture, monolingual, bilingual and thematic dictionaries and educational works on all media.
Editis in dates - 1835-2009
From the Agence Havas to Editis - 1835 - 2004 > 1835: Charles-Louis Havas founded Agence Havas. > 1879: the Agence Havas was incorporated. It was the world’s first news agency. > 1920: the merger of the Agence Havas with Société Générale d'Annonces radically changed the company, which became the leading press advertising broker. This activity was then extended into the radio and film sectors. In 1923, it initiated a new business: poster advertising. > 1945: the Agence Havas was nationalized. It entered a new business: tourism. It then extended its activities to include the free press, the trade press, publishing, and pay television. > 1987: the Agence Havas was privatized and became Havas S.A. Ten years later, the group was reorganized into six business units (Audiovisual, Communication consulting, News and Publishing, Local media, Travel and Leisure, and Multimedia), and became one of the world’s foremost communications firms. > 1997: Havas SA absorbed C.E.P. Communication (numerous publications, trade fairs, multimedia activities, as well as Groupe de la Cité - Larousse, Nathan, Bordas, Dalloz, Dunod, CLE International, Retz, Hemma, Plon-Perrin, Presses de la Cité, Solar, Belfond, Pocket, 10/18, Fleuve Noir, Robert Laffont, Julliard, Seghers). > 1998 - 1999: Havas became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vivendi. Acquisitions: Le Groupe Quotidien santé, Doyma (Spain), Anaya (Spain), Groupe OVP Vidal, Cendant Software (USA), L'Etudiant, Barbour Index (GB), Aique (Argentina), Groupe MediMedia, Atica and Scipione (Brazil), as well as a number of American health care companies. > 2000: founding of Vivendi Universal. Havas became Vivendi Universal Publishing, the publishing branch of the group operating in the world of literature, education and games on five continents (the French-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, Spanish-speaking and English-speaking catchment areas) and the mass market and trade press in France. > 20 December 2002: Vivendi sold the publishing business to the Lagardère group, subject to authorization by the European Commission. > 7 January 2004: the European Commission authorized Lagardère to retain ownership of part of the VUP’s publishing assets, representing some 40% of Editis’ total sales. Lagardère decided to keep the publishing firms Larousse, Dalloz, Dunod, Armand Colin, Sedes, Nathan-Université, Anaya group and the Ivry-Rigaud distribution center. The remaining 60% of VUP’s publishing assets were put back on the market. Taking the name Editis, this group refocused its activity on publishing for the French-speaking world. > 30 March 2004: the Anaya group was transferred to Hachette Livre (Lagardère group). > 19 April 2004: the companies Dalloz, Dunod and Education Management (the latter constituting the activities of Larousse abroad) were transferred to Hachette Livre (Lagardère group). > 28 May 2004: the Lagardère group and WENDEL reached an agreement on the disposal of the Editis assets that were up for sale. This agreement was subject to the opinion of the companies’ labor-management committees and the approval of the French monopolies commission. It involved the following assets: Bordas, CLE International, Hemma, Interforum, La Découverte, Les Dictionnaires Le Robert, Nathan, Plon-Perrin, Presses de la Renaissance, Presses-Solar-Belfond, Retz, Groupe Robert Laffont, Univers Poche. > 30 June 2004: Larousse France and Armand Colin were transferred to Hachette Livre (Lagardère group). > 30 July 2004: the European Commission authorized the WENDEL Investissement group to acquire the Editis assets being sold by Lagardère. > 30 September 2004: WENDEL Investissement announced that it had acquired Editis from Lagardère SCA for € 660 million. Alain Kouck was appointed Chairman of the Management Board of Editis Holding and Jean-Bernard Lafonta Chairman of its Supervisory Board.
2005-2009 > 28 April 2005: Editis reached an agreement to purchase Le cherche midi éditeur. The agreement would only become effective after consultation with the usual regulatory authorities. > 1 June 2005: the publishing house Le cherche midi éditeur joined the Editis group. Le cherche midi éditeur’s publications were henceforth sold and distributed by Interforum. > 29 June 2005, Editis announced that it would become a contributing member of the ADELC (L’Association pour le Développement de la Librairie de Création). As such, all of the group’s divisions (literature, education and reference) have now joined the ADELC. La Découverte was already active in the association as a founding member. > 21 October 2005: following the acquisition of Sogides Ltée, whose subsidiary Messageries ADP is the long-standing partner of Editis in Canada, by Quebecor Média, the leading publishing and distribution group in Quebec, Editis Holding announced the signing of a long-term agreement with Quebecor Média. > 2 December 2005: Editis acquired Editions First. > 31 January 2006: Editis acquired Editions XO. > 6 July 2006: Editis acquired the DNL group. > 25 July 2006: Interforum and the subsidiaries of the Média-Participations group, Dargaud and Le Lombard, announced the signing of an agreement on the distribution by Interforum of the publishing houses Dargaud, Le Lombard, Lucky Comics, Studio Boule & Bill et Kana, in supermarkets and local stores. > 21 September 2006: Editis stepped up its effort on behalf of independent bookstores and became a full member of the ADELC (Association pour le Développement de la Librairie de Création). > 29 November 2006: Editis and Gallimard signed a commercial partnership agreement covering the distribution by Interforum, as from 1 March 2007, of Gallimard group publications in the supermarket network. > 8 March 2007: Reader’s Digest Selections decided to renew its trust in Interforum with a new 5-year contract starting on 1 July 2007 for the distribution in France, Belgium and Switzerland of all its publications. > 1 April 2007: Editis acquired the leading independent Belgian publisher, the De Boeck group, which is present in the education sector in French and Dutch. > 14 June 2007: Editis announced the acquisition of Editions Gründ. This acquisition strengthened Editis’ presence in the fields of practical guides and children’s books in France and brought in a publishing house with a solid reputation for its art books, in particular the “Bénézit”. > 10 September 2007: Editis announces its acquisition of Paraschool, an entirely interactive publishing company specializing in interactive content publishing. It is involved in the two sectors of professional training and learning support. With Paraschool Editis enters the market in interactive content and the professional training sector. > 17 December 2007: Interforum and Volumen sign a commercial partnership deal for Interforum to distribute Volumen’s books in supermarkets from early 2008. > 1 January 2008: Éditions First and Éditions Gründ join forces under Vincent Barbare, head of Éditions First. Together the two houses have a publishing offer primarily covering the IT and practical skills sectors, illustrated books and books for children. Alain Gründ, who has headed Editions Gründ since 1963, joins Editis as international developments advisor to the Chairman. > February 2008: Place des éditeurs creates a children’s division with Hemma. Jean Arcache, Chairman and CEO of Place des éditeurs, invites Philippe Tonnon to head the new division, while also retaining his role as CEO of Editions Hemma and Langue au chat. > 1 February 2008: Editions Perrin joins forces with Presses de la Renaissance. The two houses, each with established editorial reputations, bring their specific strengths and skills together to gain the size and resources they need to develop. > 21 April 2008: Wendel announces it has entered into exclusive negotiations with the Planeta group, market leader in Spanish-language publishing, with a view to selling its Editis subsidiary. The merger of the two groups will encourage the emergence of a new leader in the European publishing sector. > 30 May 2008: the Planeta group acquires Editis at a value of 1,026 million euros. Market leader in Spanish-language publishing, Grupo Planeta is also a leading group in the Spanish media, with a turnover of 2.5 billion euros, including one billion euros across some forty publishing houses. > 6 March 2009 : José Manuel Lara, President of Grupo Planeta, has been appointed President of Editis and Alain Kouck, Vice Chairman and Managing Director.
Corporate Events 2004-2009
> Place des éditeurs - October 2004: license agreement signed between Presses-Solar-Belfond (which became Place des éditeurs) and Lonely Planet, which put the group in 3rd place in the tourist guide market in France. - 2007: a new department, Convergences, was launched, which publishes tourist guides and children’s books.
> Univers Poche - September 2005: a new publishing house that specializes in mangas was launched, called Kurokawa, which joins Pocket, Fleuve Noir, Pocket Jeunesse and 10/18.
> Interforum: in 2006 and 2007, Interforum’s activity was given a boost when new third party publishers joined. - July 2006: Interforum and the subsidiaries of the Média-Participations group, Dargaud and Le Lombard, announced the signing of an agreement on the distribution by Interforum of the publishers Dargaud, Le Lombard, Lucky Comics, Studio Boule & Bill et Kana in supermarkets and local stores. - November 2006: Editis and Gallimard signed a commercial partnership agreement covering the distribution by Interforum from 1 March 2007 onwards of Gallimard group publications in the supermarket network. - March 2007: Reader’s Digest Selections decided to renew its trust in Interforum with a new 5-year contract starting on 1 July 2007 for the distribution in France, Belgium and Switzerland of all its publications. - December 2007: Interforum and Volumen sign a commercial partnership deal for Interforum to distribute Volumen’s books in the supermarket network from early 2008.
> Bordas - March 2007: Bordas made a concrete commitment to environmental responsibility: henceforth all Bordas publications will be printed or reprinted on recycled paper or paper accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council (paper produced from wood from sustainably managed forests). This is the first time that a major publisher has made this type of commitment to protect the planet’s natural resources.
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