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Rachel Lodi joins Penguin Children's as associate digital publicist. She was at Palgrave Macmillan. Ronald J. Domanico has joined the board of Books A Million. He recently retired from HD Supply, where he was svp and chief financial officer. Former Bertelsmann ceo Thomas Middelhoff, 61, was found guilty of 27…

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People: William Morrow to Absorb Harlequin Nonfiction

The first tangible editorial change following HarperCollins' acquisition of Harlequin has been announced, and Harlequin Nonfiction titles acquired for publication in August 2015 and beyond will become part of the William Morrow list. President and group publisher for the US and Canada Michael Morrison wrote in a memo: "Since the acquisition of Harlequin,…

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People: Bykofsky Associates Takes Over DSM Agency List

Sheree Bykofsky Associates has taken over the list of DSM Agency, as Doris Michaels "decided to make a transition in her life, which meant finding a new home for her clients." Colleagues for a long time, they report: "Sheree and Doris realized that they ran their agencies in much the same…

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People: Cobb to Retire from WaterBrook Multnomah As Crown Names New Leaders

President and publisher of Crown's WaterBrook Multnomah Steve Cobb "has decided that he is ready to embark on the next chapter of his life and will be retiring in March 2015," Crown president Maya Mavjee announced. A founding executive of WaterBrook in 1996, when the imprint was launched as an…

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At Little, Brown Children's, Alvina Ling has been promoted to vp, editor-in-chief, overseeing the publishing program (excluding licensing). Pam Gruber moves up to senior editor; and Allison Moore is now associate editor. Jennifer McClelland-Smith will join group as marketing coordinator on November 10. She was most recently an administrative assistant temp for HBG's international sales department. Morgan Doremus…

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People, Etc.

Christine Kopprasch has joined Flatiron Books as senior editor. Previously she was an editor at Crown. Caitlin O’Shaughnessy has been named marketing manager at Penguin Press, beginning December 8. Previously she was an associate editor at Viking. At Zondervan, Tom Dean has been promoted to vp, marketing. Rob Wall has…

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Vigliano to Sell Agency to Burkle-Backed AGI

The NY Post reports that literary agency David Vigliano is selling his company to Ron Burkle's Y Entertainment Group. Vigliano Associates will be integrated with Artists Group International to form AGI Vigliano Literary, with Vigliano running the literary group. (AGI describes itself as a "live entertainment agency that books an expansive roster of musicians,…

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Margot Schupf has been promoted to publisher of Time Home Entertainment, effective immediately, succeeding Jim Childs, who left earlier this month. Schupf joined the division as associate publisher in June. She reports to svp, consumer marketing + revenue Jeff Blatt. Reporting to Schupf are TIHE editorial director Steve Koepp and Oxmoor House…

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TPG Plans Majority Stake In CAA

The NY Post reports that private equity firm TPG plans to increase their stake in CAA from a 35-percent share to a controlling 51-percent holding. That deal "could be announced within the week, one source familiar with the talks said." The paper's sources say the long-term objective of taking control…

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Briefs: Hachette Launches Author Portal, Yale Moves Up Modiano

Hachette Book Group has launched their Author and Agent Portal as a "channel" within their business-facing site hachettebookgroup.biz. Similar to portals from Simon & Schuster, Random House and others, it includes unit sales information by title, weekly Nielsen BookScan sales data, an "interactive publication timeline for the 12 months prepublication," a feature for…

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