Carol Nygren has joined Thomas Nelson as evp and managing director of the company's Live Events business in Plano, TX. Previously she was svp of Licensed Live Family Entertainment, part of the Disney Theatrical Group.
In an interview on Waterstone's intranet obtained by the Bookseller, new owner Alexander Mamut claimed the company's existence was "important for UK society" though was vague on the specifics of ensuring the chain's survival beyond saying that "massive work" was necessary: "If we can make a turnaround, improve everything, have good books properly displayed, a good atmosphere, good recommendations [with] marketing and investment of course, then I think we can compete with a company named Amazon.com. I can’t imagine that life can be replaced with a computer universe. I can’t accept it."
Former model Amanda Smith sued Headline in London High Court for £1.8m in damages after they cancelled her memoir, slated for publication in May 2008, on the grounds her work contained "libel or privacy issues on almost every other page". Last Thursday a judge ruled Headline had been in breach of contract, but that Smith did not prove her claims of fraud and misrepresentation, and she would have to pay 65 percent of the publisher's legal costs.