(written from a Production point of view)
De Agostini S.p.A., often referenced to as DeAgostini (without the spacing), was founded in 1901 and is an Italy-based holding company that specializes in publishing magazines and collectibles for a number of licensed entertainment properties such as Star Wars and Marvel, among many others.
These publications are published in sixty-six countries primarily under the De Agostini Publishing, De Agostini Editore, Editions Atlas, and Planeta De Agostini imprints.
The company often focuses on "partwork" magazines and publishes Eaglemoss Collections's Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection partwork in Japan. It also published the short-lived The Official Star Trek The Next Generation: Build the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork in Japan. For that country De Agostini also published the edited Japanese-language versions of the GE Fabbri productions, Star Trek Fact Files and Star Trek: Best Episode Collection. For the latter three publications, the Japanese branch of De Agostini entered into a joint venture with GE Fabbri, whose staff was responsible for the editing and writing, whereas the Japanese branch was responsible for the translation and marketing. To monitor the cooperation on these publications, Fabbri's chief editor, Tim Leng, resided in Tokyo for a number of years.
For Italy itself they published the truncated Italian-language version of the Star Trek Fact Files.
- De Agostini Group - official website