Nick Cannon to Produce Multimedia Book Series With Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

59099810Nick Cannon, an internationally known award winning actor, comedian, musician, screenwriter, producer, and business mogul, is joining forces with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division to produce a brand-new multimedia book series to coincide with the Cannon-directed movie, School Gyrls, which will premiere on Nickelodeon on February 21, 2010. To kick off the series, Simon Spotlight will publish a movie novelization in February 2010, and a movie tie-in scrapbook. Aladdin Books will publish six original novels based on the three members of the real life teen pop group School Gyrls who are the stars of the movie. Fiona Simpson from Aladdin acquired World rights through Fletcher & Company in association with UTA on behalf of Nick Cannon.

“We could not be more excited to join forces with Nick on this project,” said Fiona Simpson, Editorial Director of Aladdin. “School Gyrls presents the perfect multimedia opportunity, and we’re proud to be part of an initiative with so much potential!”

“It was always my vision to create a multi-platform campaign for the School Gyrls brand. The girls are rare talents with amazing personalities. Through their movies, music albums, concerts, merchandise, and book series, we have an opportunity to bring the School Gyrls brand to life and connect them with their audience through every avenue imaginable. I’m thrilled to have Simon and Schuster’s support in this endeavor, and I look forward to the School Gyrls series being a huge success,” said Nick Cannon, who discovered the teen pop group and makes his directorial debut with the School Gyrls movie.

School Gyrls tells the story of three students, Mandy Rain, Mo Money, and Jacque Nimble, all talented girls who love to sing and dance, but have very different individual personalities. The School Gyrls movie, which will be the basis for the book series, follows their adventures at an all-exclusive and all-girls boarding school. Signed to Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment, the group officially formed in November 2008 and will be doing a 10-week cross-country tour with Cannon in the spring of 2010 which will coincide with promotions surrounding their debut album to be released by Island Records. A second movie is also being planned, as well as a possible TV-series.

ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, one of the leading children’s book publishers in the world, comprises the following imprints: Aladdin, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Beach Lane Books, Libros para ninos, Little Simon®, Little Simon Inspirations(TM), Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, Simon Scribbles, and Simon Spotlight®. While maintaining an extensive award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and bestselling books for children of all ages. In addition to numerous Caldecott, Newbery, and National Book Award winners, Simon & Schuster publishes such high-profile properties and series as Eloise, Olivia, Raggedy Ann & Andy(TM), Henry & Mudge®, The Hardy Boys®, Nancy Drew®, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts®, Nickelodeon’s® Dora the Explorer®, Blue’s Clues® and SpongeBob SquarePants®, and Mirage studios’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(TM). For more information about Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, visit our website at http://kids.simonandschuster.com.

Simon & Schuster, a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com

ABOUT SCHOOL GYRLS

The School Gyrls not only look the part of sweet high school students, they actually are: composed of Mandy Rain (15), Jacque, pronounced “Jackie,” (15) and Monica (16). These three young pop stars pack major charisma and talent into an adorable adolescent package. Signed to Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment, the group officially formed in November 2008 and have been hard at work ever since. They made their television debut as the School Gyrls with Nick Cannon on the season finale of E! TV Show “Party Monsters” in Cabo San Lucas in January 2009 and have since been busy recording their debut album which will be released under the Island Records imprint in 2010. A self titled, full length feature film written and directed by Cannon which centers entirely around the three teen stars and features cameos from Reverend Run, Justin Bieber, Kristina DeBarge, Soulja Boy, Angie Stone, Pete Wentz and others will debut on Nickelodeon on February 21st, 2010. Though barely old enough to drive, these young ladies are seasoned professionals, with over twenty years of acting, singing and dancing experience combined. All professionally trained triple threats, they have each appeared in countless print and TV ad-campaigns, music videos and performed as dancers for a variety of live stage shows; but at the heart of all of it, they are still sassy teenage girls who share a love for shopping, fashion and roller coasters.

Pictured: DECEMBER 03: In this handout photo provided by Disney, Actor Nick Cannon takes a break from taping a segment for the ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ at Magic Kingdom on December 3, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Cannon serves as a co-host and the ‘man on the street’ for the holiday TV special scheduled to air December 25 on ABC. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney via Getty Images).