United Media

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United Feature Syndicate

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Its core businesses were the United Feature Syndicate and the Newspaper Enterprise Association.
Originally part of E. W. Scripps Company, it was part of United Media (along with the Newspaper Enterprise Association) from 1978 to 2011, and is now a division of Andrews McMeel Syndication.

Newspaper Enterprise Association

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Its core businesses were the United Feature Syndicate and the Newspaper Enterprise Association.
Along with United Feature Syndicate, the NEA was part of United Media from 1978 to 2011, and is now a division of Andrews McMeel Syndication.

E. W. Scripps Company

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United Media was a large editorial column and comic strip newspaper syndication service based in the United States, owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, that operated from 1978 to 2011.
In May 1978 Scripps merged United Feature Syndicate and NEA to form United Media Enterprises.

Garfield

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In 1994, Jim Davis's company, Paws, Inc., purchased the rights to Garfield (including the strips from 1978 to 1993) from United Feature.
United Feature Syndicate accepted the strip, then retitled Garfield, in March 1978 and debuted it in 41 newspapers on June 19 of that year (however, after a test run, the Chicago Sun-Times dropped it, only to reinstate it after readers' complaints).

Dilbert

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On June 3, 2010, United Media sold their licensing arm, along with the rights to Peanuts and Dilbert, to Iconix Brand Group.
Dilbert was picked up for syndication by United Feature Syndicate (a division of United Media) in 1989.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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In 1992, United Media donated the Robert Roy Metz Collection of 83,034 original cartoons by 113 cartoonists to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
In 1992, United Media donated the Robert Roy Metz Collection of 83,034 original cartoons by 113 cartoonists.

9 Chickweed Lane

Syndicated by United Media, 9 Chickweed Lane debuted on Monday, July 12, 1993, though comics historian Don Markstein notes that some sources erroneously give August 2, 1993.

Iconix Brand Group

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On June 3, 2010, United Media sold their licensing arm, along with the rights to Peanuts and Dilbert, to Iconix Brand Group.
On June 3, 2010, Iconix and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates jointly acquired all assets related to the Peanuts comic strip from its longtime owner, United Media, using the property to form a new company, Peanuts Worldwide, which is 80% owned by Iconix and 20% owned by Schulz Associates.

Andrews McMeel Syndication

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On February 24, 2011, United Media struck a distribution deal with Universal Uclick (now known as Andrews McMeel Syndication) for syndication of the company's 150 comic strip and news features, which became effective on June 1 of that year.
On February 24, 2011, Universal Uclick signed a deal with E. W. Scripps Company's United Media to handle syndication of the latter company's 150 comic strip and news features (under the banners United Feature Syndicate and the Newspaper Enterprise Association) beginning in June 1 of that year.

Ted Rall

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As cartoonist and former UM editor of acquisitions and development Ted Rall wrote, Comics.com "was the laughingstock of the industry, full of Javascript gone wild, 404 errors and broken widgets."
From 2006 to 2009, Rall was Editor of Acquisitions and Development at the comic strip syndicate United Media.

Peanuts

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On June 3, 2010, United Media sold their licensing arm, along with the rights to Peanuts and Dilbert, to Iconix Brand Group.
Peanuts strips were previously featured on Comics.com.

Cow and Boy

(While branded with UFS, it was offered as part of the Newspaper Enterprise Association [NEA] package; the NEA was part of United Media, UFS' parent company.)

Jane's World

In 2001 United Media's Comics.com website picked up reprints of Jane's World, making it the first gay-themed work to receive distribution by a national media syndicate.

Shortcuts (comics)

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Shortcuts has been distributed through the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) from back when it was part of United Media.

Jimmy Johnson (cartoonist)

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Johnson said, "At the time I sold Arlo & Janis to the newspaper syndicate United Media in 1985, there were a lot of 'talking animal' strips. Newspaper editors reacted to this by demanding more comic strips about human beings, particularly young families. So, it really was a market-driven thing."

Herman (comic strip)

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On 2 June 1997, Herman returned to syndication with a mix of classic strip reprints and occasional new material under the United Media umbrella.

Tony Carrillo

After winning an online contest to determine the best college comic strip, Carrillo was awarded a deal with United Media.

Pearls Before Swine (comics)

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However, Amy Lago, an editor at United Media, saw the strip's potential and launched it on the United Media website in November 2000, to see what kind of response it would generate.

Darby Conley

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Comics syndicate United Media agreed in 1999 to publish Conley's new strip Get Fuzzy about an anthropomorphic cat, Bucky, and dog, Satchel, living with their single young-male owner, Rob Wilco, which premiered on September 6, 1999.

Barkeater Lake

Barkeater Lake is a webcomic by cartoonist Corey Pandolph, originally published by United Media as part of its Comics.com website from early 2004 through January 5, 2007.

Kevin Fagan (cartoonist)

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Shortly afterwards, he was discovered by The Sacramento Union, and was subsequently offered a syndication contract by United Media's United Feature Syndicate, and he dropped out of CSUS in 1978, just 3 units short of his degree, to take up cartooning full-time.

Doctor Fun

Doctor Fun was part of United Media's website from 1995 until 2003, and it eventually concluded in 2006.

Jim Unger

On 2 June 1997, Herman made a comeback under the United Media umbrella.

Little Dee

On May 30, 2006, Little Dee began appearing on Comics.com, beginning with two weeks of "reruns" to initiate new readers.