ThinkTank Emporium Teams with All Art Licensing to Bring the Popular Published Book Series Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles to Media and Licensing Worldwide

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Created by real-life roller derby skater, Meghan Dougherty, and Alece Birnbach, Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles is a new publishing property for tween-aged girls that has a positive messages of body confidence, anti-bullying, teamwork and diversity, all through the fun and action-packed lens of the sport of roller derby.

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A fast-paced story, with page-popping graphics, Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles is a series ripe for today’s market to provide an active and pro-social message to pre-teen girls of all backgrounds.

Entertainment branding/consulting company ThinkTank Emporium has teamed with All Art Licensing to identify and develop licensing and media opportunities based on the popular book series, Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles. Announcement of the strategic association was made jointly by David Wollos for ThinkTank Emporium and Jeanette Smith, President of All Art Licensing.

Created by real-life roller derby skater, Meghan Dougherty, and Alece Birnbach, Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles is a new publishing property for tween-aged girls that has a positive messages of body confidence, anti-bullying, teamwork and diversity, all through the fun and action-packed lens of the sport of roller derby.

Published by Sourcebooks and highly reviewed, “Rise of the Undead Redhead” is the first book in the series, released July 2014. The second book, “Woe of Jade Doe,” is scheduled for publication May 2015. The strong and memorable characters in the books teach young girls to accept themselves for who they are, appreciate others for what they have to offer, be strong and work together. Most importantly, to not let anyone hold you back from your dreams!

“We are very excited to bring the important positive message of Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles to a global audience through our relationship with the ThinkTank Emporium,” said Jeanette Smith, President of All Art Licensing. “The young girls reading this book are inspired by the mismatched team of characters who drive them to be tough and authentic.”

A fast-paced story, with page-popping graphics, Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles is a series ripe for today’s market to provide an active and pro-social message to pre-teen girls of all backgrounds. With roller derby names like Jade Doe, Booty Vicious, Geekzilla, Dee Tension and Juana SmackHer, main character, Dorothy Moore (aka Undead Red), leads the team through a series of humorously painful and adventurous lessons that all lead to growth.

ThinkTank Emporium plans to introduce Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles at the upcoming NY Toy Fair and Kidscreen Summit to prospective producers and partners.

About the Authors
Meghan Dougherty and Alece Birnbach began developing the concept for the series the year Dougherty began playing roller derby in 2007. Dougherty, who is an active skater today, joined the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls roller derby league as Undertaker’s Daughter, #DOA, and plays with the Sugar Kill Gang. She runs a Denver-based public relations firm, Dougherty Relations. Birnbach is a professional graphic recorder and a nationally recognized illustrator whose images can be found on hundreds of products nationwide. Co-writer Karen Windness is a professional writer and illustrator who lives in Thornton. Meghan and Alece both live in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at http://www.dorothysderby.com.

About ThinkTank Emporium
ThinkTank Emporium was formed in January 2009 by distribution executive David Wollos, and licensing executive Joan Luks, as an entertainment branding company representing content owners and their original properties to the television, film and licensing industries. A key initial focus of ThinkTank Emporium is the children’s and family category, where the company targets classic and original content including published books, unpublished manuscripts and branded family and toy products and cultivate the properties for television, licensing and retail. (http://www.thethinktankemporium.com)

About All Art Licensing
Jeanette Smith, founder and President of All Art Marketing, represents Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles exclusively for publishing and licensing. All Art Licensing negotiated the contract with Sourcebooks to launch Dorothy into the publishing arena in 2012. In addition, Smith is the Official Blogger, Matchmaker and Host of the Resource Center for Artists, Designers, Brands and Agents at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. More than an agent for aspiring properties, Smith has coached, agented and trained artists, cartoonists, brands and properties to success for more than 10 years. Smith is best known for creating the DILBERT brand from its infancy, sky-rocketing it from a cartoon strip in 100 newspapers to a global corporate icon in more than 40 countries, 2000 newspapers and more than $200 million in annual retail sales, with television, books, with more than 750 licensed products.

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The ThinkTank Emporium, David Wollos – david(at)thethinktankemporium(dot)com

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