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WME Acquires RWSG

William Morris Endeavor has acquired LA-based agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett. Principals Sylvie Rabineau and Jill Holwager Gillett will join WME as co-heads of the book to film/TV division, and will work in the film and TV departments as well. Geoffrey Sanford continue to represent authors and co-agents for WME. Liza Wachter is said…

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People: Hugh Van Dusen Retires, and More

Longtime Harper vp, executive editor Hugh Van Dusen will retire from the company on August 30 "after an astonishing 60 years with HarperCollins." He first joined what was then Harper & Brothers on June 21, 1956 and helped launch Torch Books, later becoming closely involved with the Perennial paperback imprint…

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At Simon & Schuster, Tracy Nelson has been promoted to director, retail field sales, and Caitlin Nalven has been promoted to national account manager handling Baker & Taylor, Ingram and Perma-Bound for children's publishing. Hannah Fergesen has joined KT Literary as an agent, representing speculative adult, young adult, and middle grade…

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Briefs: Cooke International Bought Out By Its Agents; Hachette Titles on Tapas App

In Canada, Suzanne Brandreth and Ron Eckel are now full owners of The Cooke Agency International, the foreign rights branch of The Cooke Agency, after both being responsible for its day-to-day operations for the past three years. Dean Cooke and Sally Harding will remain owners of the originating agency, and…

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At Franklin & Siegal Associates, Danny Yanez has been promoted to director of adult scouting. In addition, both Nicole Sohl and Joshua LaMorey have joined as literary scouts. Sohl was most recently associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books and Macmillan Entertainment, while LaMorey was previously a literary scout at Barbara…

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At Scribner, Shannon Welch has been promoted to executive editor. At Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency, Danielle Burby has been promoted to agent and foreign rights manager. Paula Canal will join Indent Literary Agency as a literary agent and foreign rights director. She has spent the past 17 years as foreign…

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People: Harlequin Launches Park Row Books Imprint, and More

Harlequin will launch a new imprint, Park Row Books, in summer 2017, with a focus on "thought-provoking and voice-driven novels" that have "mainstream appeal." Executive editor for the imprint Erika Imranyi told the AP: "We've been growing that part of our business for a very long time. It's a small…

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People: Nelson to Join Harper

Sara Nelson will join HarperCollins in the new role of vp, executive editor and special advisor to the publisher on July 18. She will acquire titles and "work closely with publisher Jonathan Burnham, as a strategic advisor." Nelson has been the editorial director for Books and Kindle at Amazon since 2012. Nelson says…

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With the move of Thomas Dunne Books to a boutique imprint, TD Books vp, associate publisher Pete Wolverton becomes vp, executive editor at St. Martin's, reporting to Jennifer Enderlin. Laura Lee Mattingly has joined Present Perfect Dep't as a literary agent and partner to founder Kate Woodrow. Mattingly, previously senior…

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Patricia Hespanha has been appointed executive director of HarperCollins Brasil, responsible for the day-to-day management of operations, establishing strategic direction, and setting the editorial program for profitable business growth. Hespanha, who most recently served as executive director, infrastructure for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for Olympic and Paralympic Games, succeeds…

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