William Morris Endeavor has hired former Microsoft chief financial officer Peter Klein. He will oversee the global finance operation for IMG Worldwide once that acquisition closes, along with WME. (Approvals for the acquisition are expected to take a number of months).

First published last August but only available online now, Esquire ran an extensive look at Proof of Heaven author Dr. Eben Alexander, depicting him as "a neurosurgeon with a troubled history," including documenting accusations of malpractice and in one case a "purported cover-up" in which he changed his surgical notes to eliminate evidence of an error. Reporter Luke Dittrich  quotes the one doctor who treated Alexander when he had his brush with death who was willing to speak for the record: Dr. Laura Potter says his coma was medically induced rather than brought on by his bacterial meningitis.

Author of books including the Alex Rider series Anthony Horowitz was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) on the Queen's annual New Year's Honors list for services to literature. K.M. Peyton, author of almost 70 books, was given an MBE for services to children's literature.

Douglas Coupland and Louise Penny were among the newest Order of Canada appointments.