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People, Etc.: Clegg Leaves WME; Editorial Layoffs at Atria; and More

Bill Clegg is leaving William Morris Endeavor after 8 years to set up his own literary agency. Clegg had not yet responded to our request for comment, so further details of his new venture are not clear, but WME svp Jennifer Rudolph Walsh told us: "For the 8 wonderful and…

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Lia Ronnen has been promoted to publisher at Artisan, effective September 2. She succeeds Ann Bramson, who will now acquire books across Workman’s imprints with the new title of executive director, special projects at Workman. Of Ronnen's appointment, Bramson said in the announcement: "Lia is an amalgam of everything one…

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Robin Straus and Andrew Nurnberg have jointly acquired the Wallace Literary Agency, four months after the death of Lois Wallace, who founded the agency in 1988.  Jeff Hoffman, who worked for the agency for the past 18 years, will stay on staff. Nurnberg handled foreign rights for her clients for…

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Ten Speed Press announced a number of promotions and new hires. In the publicity and marketing departments, Lorraine Woodcheke has been named marketing & publicity manager, cookbooks, while Natalie Mulford moves up to marketing and publicity manager, Watson-Guptill and Amphoto Books. In the design department, Betsy Stromberg has been promoted…

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Kerry Eltman has joined Fox Chapel Publishing as chief financial officer. Previously he was controller at The Jay Group, a logistics and supply chain company. John Aardema has joined Sourcebooks in the newly created position of art director in the entertainment & gift group. He spent the past nine years…

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Lance Fitzgerald will join the Crown Publishing Group as vp, director of subsidiary rights on August 4. Previously he was director of subsidiary rights at Simon & Schuster. Succeeding Fitzgerald at S&S is Marie Florio, who has been promoted to director, subsidiary rights, overseeing rights for all books within the…

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Lisa Yoskowitz will join Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as executive editor on July 21. Previously she was senior editor at Disney-Hyperion. At Chronicle Books, Kelli Chipponeri has been promoted to editorial director, children's. Noah Ballard has joined Curtis Brown as a literary agent. He had previously been with…

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Agreements: Curtis Brown UK Unit Pairs with BBC, and More

Cuba Pictures, the film and tv development arm of Curtis Brown UK, has a first-look deal with BBC Worldwide, which will "provide investment, co-production expertise, access to their market research and development initiatives in addition to their global marketing reach." Cuba Pictures ceo Nick Marston says, "Our aim is to bring together…

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At Penguin Random House in the US, Tom Cox has been promoted to vp, adult mass merchandise and distributor sales, the company's newly formed cross-company division, reporting to Jaci Updike. In addition, Penguin vp, director of distributor sales Ken Kaye will retire at the end of 2014 after more than…

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Arabella Stein is stepping down as co-director of Abner Stein after a leave of absence to "pursue a new direction", the Bookseller reports.  Stein began at Abner Stein in 2002 and moved up to co-director in 2011 after the death of her father (and the agency's founder & namesake). Sandy…

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