Columbia University Press has acquired the worldwide rights of U.K. publisher Wallflower Press, including nearly 170 backlist titles, and will continue to publish approximately 15 new titles a year under the imprint name beginning in September 2011 as a wholly owned imprint of Columbia University Press.

Wallflower Press was founded in London in 2000 by Yoram Allon, with a focus on high-quality peer-reviewed books in film studies. Columbia has been its exclusive book distributor in North and South America, and the acquisition adds to its catalogue of academic books on film. “When Wallflower Press found itself unable to sustain business on their own after some financial setbacks, we decided to explore an alternative to losing a client that had served us well for ten years," explained Jim Jordan, president and director of Columbia University Press. "Acquiring the publishing rights to their list and creating the imprint is the best way to keep Wallflower Press’s outstanding list around for years to come.” With the closing of the deal, Columbia has taken over international distribution of Wallflower titles through its existing channels.

The Wallflower Press imprint features series such as Short Cuts, 24 Frames, and Directors’ Cut. Allon will continue to work on Wallflower titles as a freelance editor.