Puzzler celebrate Dame Vera Lynn’s centenary in charitable special edition book


Puzzler Media have produced the Official Souvenir Special to celebrate Dame Vera Lynn’s centenary this month with the blessing of her family. This beautiful, glossy one-off 100-page bookazine celebrates the life of one of the nation’s most iconic figures, ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn, as she celebrates her 100th birthday. Filled with photographs taken throughout her life, this wonderful souvenir includes a background to her career, using exclusive, unseen images from family archives. This special edition also highlights her devoted support for children under 5 with cerebral palsy. In this special centenary year, Puzzler Media Ltd will be donating 50p from each copy sold of the beautiful, specially produced bookazine to the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

Vera Lynn was born in London’s East End on 20 March 1917 and captured the British public’s hearts. Most famed for her songs We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, Vera Lynn became known as The Forces’ Sweetheart after a newspaper poll named her as British servicemen’s favourite musical performer. She was made a Dame in 1975.

The Dame Vera Lynn Celebration Issue is on sale on sale now, priced £7.99. Available here.


For further information please contact Rebecca Moncrieff on rmoncrieff@dcthomson.co.uk or 01382 575697.







Beano announce the new voice of Dennis!


CBBC and Beano Studios today reveal that actor Freddie Fox has been cast as the voice of the comic’s  much – loved mischief maker, Dennis, in the all new CBBC series Dennis and Gnasher: Unleashed, set to hit screens in late 2017.

Freddie [The Mystery of Edwin Drood; The Three Musketeers; Worried About The Boy] makes his animated CGI debut as the 10-year-old rascal in Beano Town with his best friend, Gnasher, by his side.

A behind-the-scenes clip released today shows Freddie getting into character as the spikey haired scamp at a voice record.

The much anticipated 52-part TV adventure will showcase a brand new look and feel using CGI 3D techniques to bring Dennis bang up to date for the next generation of fans.

Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed will follow the daring duo and a gang of friends as they get into scrapes in a world full of action packed adventure where rules just get in the way. There will be lots of high energy humour and Dennis’ trade mark inimitable sense of fun where imagination knows no bounds.

The gang, which includes familiar friends alongside some brand new faces, will battle with the boring conventions of the adult world, not least Dennis’ life-long adversary, Walter, who is forever trying to ruin their fun.

Freddie says: “As a life-long fan of Dennis, I am honoured to voice him for a new generation. I am so excited to be carrying on the red and black striped legacy of a character adored for his mischievousness, energy, live in the moment attitude and full-on imagination. To borrow Dennis’ catchphrase, ‘this is going to be BLAM!’”

Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed is produced by Beano Studios and is Executive Produced by Michael Elson alongside Jo Allen, Executive Producer for CBBC.


DC Thomson launches Sweet magazine

DC Thomson is launching Sweet, a new magazine for primary girls who love collectables, shopping and all things cute.

The 36 page monthly magazine is a new launch aimed at girls aged six to 10.  Content will cover all of the latest trends for girls, packed with stationery, accessories and cool, funny content.  Puzzles and make-its will sit alongside current crazes such as collectables.

Sweet is a trend focussed magazine that features brands that are current and in the readers’ lives.  This ensures the magazine evolves with the reader and contains the best and most popular brands and packages.  Confirmed creative content includes Trolls, Squinkies ’Do Drops, Shopkins, Animal Jam, Num Noms, and Santoro’s Kori Kumi. Exclusive covermounts on Issue 1 are an Animal Jam in-game unlock for every reader, Shopkins trading cards, and a cute collectable trio of fruity lip-glosses.

General Manager, Mike Watson, said, “We’re thrilled to be launching in the primary girls’ market and expanding our portfolio.  The magazine sector is not one to stand still, much like trends in children’s lives.  This magazine is a great opportunity to capture everything current and popular, and pull it together for readers to enjoy.”

Maria Welch, Head of Publishing for Magazines at DC Thomson, said, “We have an enviable track record of launching successful magazines in this constantly evolving market and are delighted to extend our award-winning, primary girls’ portfolio with Sweet. We’re confident that combining the hottest licensed brands with the experience and passion of our editorial team will produce an exciting and engaging magazine.”

Sweet launches this Spring.  Issue one comes with six free gifts.

If it’s in their life, it’s in Sweet!



DC Thomson titles, the Beano, 110% Gaming, No.1 and The Scots Magazine are celebrating year-on-year growth.

Weekly comic, the Beano, has reported sales of 34,778, its second consecutive year-on-year ABC increase.  The period January to December 2016 has seen a 3.2% increase on 2015.

Mike Watson, General Manager of DC Thomson Publishing, said, “We’re delighted with these results.  This ABC figure shows a substantial increase in sales, particularly through subscriptions which have grown to just under 18,000 in the last 12 months.” 

Also in the boys’ market, 110% Gaming, a magazine aimed at eight to 12 year-old kids focused on multi-platform gaming and entertainment, has seen a year-on-year increase of 8.1%.  Sales have increased to 26,139 – a strong performance in the boys’ market.

My Weekly is up 1.5% period-on-period with recorded sales of 101,835.  The title continues to outperform the mature woman’s market.

Regional Scottish titles No.1 and The Scots Magazine have also recorded strong figures.

In the first full period of DC Thomson’s ownership of No.1, the magazine has seen an increase in sales to 15,449.  This is a year-on-year increase of 3.6%.  Editor, Nadine Hawkins, said, “I’m delighted with this result.  We’ve introduced new features for our readers including ‘Humble Abode’, a monthly feature that enhances our interiors offering, and bringing in Jackie Bird as our new star columnist.”

The Scots Magazine has also continued to deliver a solid performance in a challenged market,  recording an average issue sale of 24,349, up  0.1% year-on-year.  The title won two awards at the PPA Scottish Magazine Awards.  Robert Wight was named Consumer Magazine Editor of the Year, and the magazine also won the award for Online Presence (scotsmagazine.com).

General Manager, Mike Watson, concluded, “In our magazine business we’ve driven circulation through new launches of both licensed titles and our own IP.  110% Gaming’s recorded 8.1% growth is a great example of how successful new launches can be, even in the competitive children’s market.  This, alongside continued success of existing titles such as My Weekly and the Beano, show the strength of our magazine stable.

“We’ll continue to see significant new launches and will look to add to our portfolio where we can, both through our own and external IP.”

In Spring 2017 DC Thomson Publishing is returning to its Meadowside headquarters in Dundee after an extensive renovation.


For further information please contact Rebecca Moncrieff on 07802 690213 or rmoncrieff@dcthomson.co.uk.

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Puzzler stage gloriumptious puzzle to honour Roald Dahl

The World’s BIGGEST dot-to-dot comes to life!

Relaxing puzzles for adults have gone dotty! The UK’s leading puzzle publisher Puzzler Media launched the monthly magazine CREATIVE DOT-TO-DOT in June and already it’s one of their most successful titles.

To show how creative a dot-to-dot can be they’ve made what is thought to be the world’s biggest line and point puzzle, recreating a classic image from Roald Dahl’s BFG. Dahl’s books often encourage adults to learn from children and embrace the idea of play. It’s a maxim that fans of Puzzler magazines will know well as they take time out from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Everything about the BFG is big, so this puzzle had to be huge. A specially-created 1,000-dot puzzle was commissioned featuring Sophie and the BFG. This was then filled out by hand in the gardens of Surrey’s Botleys Mansion as a giant projector beamed the process live onto the side of the stately home, which is 12m high by 25m wide. It is believed to be the largest-scale dot-to-dot puzzle ever created.

The brilliantly intricate homage to one of the country’s greatest storytellers took an hour to complete on the hottest night of the year, a few days before the UK release of Steven Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved fantasy tale.

Mark Whiteway, Publishing Manager of Puzzler Media said: “We’ve been publishing dot-to-dots in our magazines for over four decades but in the last year we’ve seen requests for this kind of puzzle go dotty. So we came up with CREATIVE DOT-TO-DOT, a magazine dedicated to this jollysome, stress-fizzling pastime.

“Adult puzzlers have taken a leaf out of Dahl’s books by embracing this carefree childhood activity. So it seemed fitting to celebrate the life of one of the most imaginative, magical and best-loved storytellers with a dot-to-dot that’s giant in every way. We had a huge amount of fun solving it and we hope you do too.”

Fans of CREATIVE DOT-TO-DOT will be able have their own go at completing the phizz-whizzing puzzle as it will be included in a special double-page feature of the September issue of the magazine.

Click here to see the gloriumptious dot to dot puzzle come to life.


DC Thomson launch Danger Mouse magazine

DC Thomson has launched Danger Mouse magazine, a four-weekly magazine aimed at primary kids.

Danger Mouse magazine is based on the hit CBBC show that sees Danger Mouse saving London, saving the world and, most importantly, saving Penfold in fantastically absurd adventures.

After winning a fantastic 3.6 million viewers in its first six weeks on CBBC, the all-new TV series of Danger Mouse has been a massive ratings triumph.  Ready to replicate this, Danger Mouse Magazine is here.  Danger Mouse Magazine is loaded with laugh out loud jokes, tech-defying gadgets, mind-blowing missions, giant spiders and erm… megalomaniac toilets.

Designed to propel the humour and fun off the screen, the magazine is highly interactive and engaging and will keep kids entertained until the next action-packed episode.  There is no better way to start the day than with a twenty-six mile jog, one thousand light sofa push-ups and a read through of Danger Mouse Magazine.

Gareth Whelan, Editor in Chief, said, “We’re delighted to announce the arrival of the world’s greatest super-secret agent Danger Mouse and his sidekick Penfold in the all-new Danger Mouse Magazine.  DC Thomson has a proven track record for successful magazine publishing and our vast experience in the children’s market is backed by commitment, enthusiasm and passion for providing fun, age-appropriate content.  Working alongside FremantleMedia Kids & Family, we are confident that we will deliver a highly interactive and engaging magazine that replicates the fast-paced rollercoaster ride the TV series provides.”

Danger Mouse magazine is on sale from Wednesday 20th July priced £3.99.  Issue one comes with a Danger Mouse eye patch and invsi-pen.



DC Thomson to publish Noddy magazine

DC Thomson has announced it will publish a magazine based on the new DreamWorks Animation television series Noddy, Toyland Detective.

Noddy magazine will follow Noddy, Toyland Detective, now airing on Channel 5’s Milkshake, which sees Noddy and his famous car, Revs and dog Bumpy in the brand new role of Toyland Detective, solving mysteries and encountering Toyland friends old and new.

The magazine will empower kids to create, explore and play.  It will be packed full of their favourite activities like colouring, sticking, stories and puzzles to encourage independent thought and help to build confidence.

Noddy magazine is designed for children aged three to six and will feature a covermount gift linked to the key editorial pillars of the magazine; Problem solving, exploration, friendship, humour and creativity.

Maria Welch, Head of Children’s Publishing at DC Thomson, said, “We’re thrilled to be publishing Noddy magazine.   Noddy has been a staple of childhood entertainment for many years and our experienced editorial team are passionate about creating a magazine to engage and inspire this new generation of Noddy fans.”

Harriet Murphy, Head of Publishing for DreamWorks Animation said, “We are so excited to see Noddy’s return to television accompanied by a wonderful magazine from DC Thomson. As young fans are getting to know the newly expanded world of Toyland onscreen, we’ll be presenting loads of exciting opportunities to keep the fun going on the pages of Noddy magazine.”

Vicky Hill, Licensing Manager at DreamWorks’ UK publishing agent Bulldog Licensing, said, “We’re delighted to be working with DreamWorks Animation and DC Thomson on the new Noddy magazine. DC Thomson produce fantastic content, and we look forward to the new title hitting shelves and giving Noddy fans a new way to interact with the brand.”

Noddy magazine will launch in summer 2016.  DreamWorks’ Noddy, Toyland Detective airs every weekday at 7:50am on Channel 5’s Milkshake.


Jings! Crivvens! Maw Broon’s Kitchen to open in Dundee

DC Thomson has announced that the first Maw Broon’s Kitchen will open in Dundee city centre next year.

Following the retail launch of a range of Maw Broon’s Kitchen-branded food products, the publishing company has worked with a selected Licensee to bring an actual Maw Broon’s Kitchen to life.  The kitchen will offer Scottish staples from mince ‘n’ tatties to “efternoon tea” alongside lighter bites and Daphne’s deli for those in a hurry.

The venue will aim to capture the essence of The Broons family, who are celebrating the 80th anniversary of their first appearance in the Sunday Post in 1936, by merging old-fashioned notions of hospitality and comfort with good honest food and excellent customer service.

Victoria Tait, a Marketing and Business Development professional is leading the licensing project to bring the kitchen to fruition.

She said, “I’m really excited about Maw Broon’s Kitchen.  My family has been in the food industry for over 20 years so it has always been a passion of mine.  I grew up with The Broons and have a real affection for them so I feel extremely privileged to be part of this project.  My family and I are looking forward to bringing such an iconic brand to life right here in DC Thomson’s home city of Dundee.

“We want Maw Broon’s Kitchen to feel like home and offer good food – just like Maw use to make.  Our aim is that everyone leaves Maw Broon’s Kitchen feeling like they’ve had a big hug fae Maw!”

The concept was tested with a pop-up at The Eat, Drink, Discover Food Festival at Ingliston in September 2014 and received an overwhelmingly positive response.

Victoria continued, “People just loved it.  It created a real sense of nostalgia because everyone was talking about their memories of The Broons.  I’m sure those feelings of warmth will carry through.”

The kitchen will offer a range of fresh locally sourced produce with something to tempt everyone’s taste buds for breakfast, lunch and tea.

Martin Lindsay, Licensing Manager for Consumer Products at DC Thomson, said, “The launch of a Maw Broon’s Kitchen in Dundee, the spiritual home of The Broons, is a very exciting development for the Maw Broon’s Kitchen Licensing Programme.

“This is a vision of bringing to life a treasured brand that is built on tradition and old fashioned values.  We see Dundee as being the first step on a Maw Broon’s Kitchen roll-out across Scotland within 5 years.’’

In addition to the food offering, it’s planned that the Dundee venue will host regular events and activities, such as ‘baking wi’ the bairns’, storytelling and live Scottish entertainment, to ensure that Maw Broon’s Kitchen offers something for everyone.



The Broons
The family is made up of Paw and Maw Broon who are parents to eight children! Maw is the homemaker in charge of all household affairs. The Broons family features two older sons, Hen and Joe, and two grown-up daughters, Daphne and Maggie.  The younger children are Horace, who is the brains of the family, and the Twins (identical boys) plus the Bairn, a cut down version of Maw and wiser than her years. Last, but by no means least, is the roguish Granpaw Broon. Granpaw and the Bairn form a formidable partnership that can usually outsmart the other members of the family.  The marvellous artwork and well observed storylines means that everyone recognises a little of themselves in these classic tales. The strips often feature celebrity appearances and the famous faces that appear in The Broons see it as a great honour.

In 2016, The Broons celebrate the 80th anniversary of their first appearance in the Sunday Post.  The Broons family, Scotland’s happy family that makes every family happy, live at 10 Glebe Street in the fictional Scottish town of Auchentogle.

The Scots Magazine is nominated at The Drum’s Online Media Awards

The Scots Magazine (the oldest magazine in the world still in production!) has been nominated for Best Twitter Feed at The Drum’s Online Media Awards.

The Online Media Awards ‘identify the cleverest, boldest and most original purveyors of news and views from around the world’ and have shortlisted @ScotsMagazine for Best Twitter Feed alongside five others including @BBCBreaking and @Indy100.

Over recent years The Scots Magazine team has undertaken an editorial overhaul – in print and online – to reposition the magazine for a contemporary readership.  The Scots Magazine Twitter feed has been used to cement the brand’s place at the heart of Scotland’s cultural life.   Twitter has been integral to establishing an online “personality” for the magazine. The account is now recognised as one of the most authoritative on Scottish culture.

The Scots Magazine has been using Twitter to not only promote relevant content, but also to encourage interaction between followers.  In September 2014, The Scots Magazine had 6,000 Twitter followers. Their digital strategy has doubled that figure – organically – in 18 months, creating a highly-engaged social media community, with monthly impressions of between 175,000 and 225,000.

Robert Wight, Editor of The Scots Magazine, said, “This nomination is quite an honour and I’m very proud of our whole team – this is fantastic recognition of their hard work.  There’s something very pleasing in the oldest magazine in the world being nominated in a new media category – it’s really symbolic of the journey we’ve made over the last couple of years.

“Our team has completely reinvented the title, reaching a new digital audience around the world while cementing our place as an engaging, authoritative and fun voice at the heart of Scotland’s cultural life.”

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DC Thomson celebrates wins at the newsawards 2016

DC Thomson walked away with a clean sweep at last night’s newsawards in London.

Nominated for three awards at the event, which celebrates the best in news media print, technology and business innovation, DC Thomson won in all three categories.

Discovery Print won Regional Newspaper Printer of the Year and Printed Innovation of the Year while The Courier was named Regional Newspaper of the Year.  The Press and Journal was recognised as runner up in the same category.

Ellis Watson, CEO of DC Thomson Publishing, said, “These awards just go to show that the Discovery Print team are fully utilising the amazing capability of our printing presses.  Whilst judging the Regional Newspaper category, the judges commented on The Courier’s consistent quality and excellent production values which is again a nod to our dedicated production team.  It’s also a brilliant achievement by the editorial team responsible for The Courier, I’m thrilled for all of those who were recognised.”


For further information please contact the DC Thomson Press Office on 01382 575697 / communications@dcthomson.co.uk.