HarperCollins UK hits record profit after Lord of the Rings Amazon TV deal

HarperCollins UK hits record profit after Lord of the Rings Amazon TV deal

HarperCollins Publishers saw record profits before tax of £26.8m for the year ending 30th June 2018, almost double the 2017 figure, partly due to a monster The Lord of the Rings TV deal with Amazon.

An end of year report filed at Companies House showed a £12.9m profit rise from the £14.2m achieved in 2017. After tax profits stood at £24m compared to £9m in 2017.

The publisher said “the main driver” was a deal for an Amazon Prime series based on Tolkien’s appendices for his epic trilogy. A new deal on mono printing also helped drive the surge.

A spike in turnover, up to £194.7m from £185....

This is subscriber-only content

Not a subscriber? Get unrestricted access to all the news, charts, previews, data & analysis by subscribing from as little as £3 per week.


Why Subscribe?

Every issue of The Bookseller magazine

Unlimited access to thebookseller.com (single user)

The Bookseller e-edition app for tablet and mobile

Subscriber-only newsletters

Twice yearly Buyer's Guides worth £50

Discounts on The Bookseller Awards and Conferences

Click here to subscribe now