Cengage Learning to acquire National Geographic’s digital and print school publishing unit

Cengage Learning has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the National Geographic Society (NGS) including the acquisition of the NGS school publishing unit and extended use of the NGS brand.

Specifically, under the terms of the agreement, Cengage Learning will acquire National Geographic’s digital and print school publishing unit, which includes the National Geographic Science series, an innovative core elementary science curriculum, National Geographic Explorer! Magazines, and Hampton Brown’s literacy and language programs – resulting in the formation of a global literacy, English language learning and content publishing brand.

“Cengage Learning is very proud to partner with the National Geographic Society, one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the world,” said Ron Dunn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cengage Learning.  “This expanded partnership teams Cengage Learning with the National Geographic global brand and content assets in a powerful way that further strengthens our existing English language learning business and enriches our full range of educational solutions.”

NGS assets include over 11 million images, 100,000 hours of NGS video, maps and illustrations and more than 120 years of articles from the Magazine and its other properties.  Building on Cengage Learning’s strong position in both the classroom and the library market, National Geographic’s brand and content will add tremendous value across new and existing products.

“Cengage Learning has been an extraordinary partner to date, and we are delighted to expand our relationship, making Cengage our premier partner in education.” said John Fahey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, National Geographic Society.

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