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Pearson chief financial officer for the past eight years Robin Freestone has told the board "he would like to step down...before the end of 2015 to explore a range of other interests." A search is underway for a replacement and Freestone will remain in the job until a successor is named.…

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Media and entertainment industry executive Lauren Zalaznick has been appointed as the first independent board member of Penguin Random House. Zalaznick currently publishes The LZ Sunday Paper, a newsletter about women in business, media, and culture, and previously held a variety of leadership positions during a 12-year career at NBCUniversal,…

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Bookspan Plans Book-of-the-Month Club Relaunch, and Adds Affiliated Publishing Lines

Still the largest family of book clubs in the US, Bookspan has been quietly at work on ambitious new plans, PL has learned. A few months ago, with little fanfare, their "flagship" Book of the Month Club went dormant as a stand-alone club, integrating BOMC members in the companion club,…

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Tara Singh Carlson will formally move over to Putnam as senior editor. She will acquire hardcover titles for the Putnam list, while continuing to acquire trade paperback originals for Penguin, which will "predominantly" issue the paperbacks of her Putnam hardcovers as well. Joan Didion is the subject of a documentary film…

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People: Green to ICM, and More

Following the dissolution of Jeff Berg's start-up agency Resolution, veteran agent Rich Green has joined the media rights department of ICM, based in Los Angeles. Green was at CAA for 9 years before joining Resolution, and worked at UTA prior to that. He has represented authors including Jonathan Franzen, Matthew Quick, Chuck…

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Open Road announced a number of promotions in its marketing department. Allison Underwood has been promoted to director, digital marketing & analytics. Laura DeSilva has been promoted to senior marketing manager, while Amy Grillo moves up to senior merchandising manager. Jack Palmer has been promoted to marketing & analytics manager,…

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St. Martin's Press announced a number of promotions in its art department. Mike Storrings has been promoted to vp, creative director, while David Rotstein has been promoted to executive art director, with the additional title of creative art director for Minotaur. Finally, Olga Grlic has been promoted to executive art…

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Grisham Apologizes For Interview Comments

In a written statement on Thursday issued through publisher Doubleday and posted on his website, author John Grisham apologized for remarks he made to the UK's Telegraph in an interview: "Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography -- online…

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Eric Schwartz joined the Columbia University Press as editorial director last month. He replaces Jennifer Crewe, who was promoted to president and director of the Press in June. He was senior editor for sociology and cognitive science at Princeton University Press since 2008. Doug Lockhart will join Harper Christian as senior…

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After selling a reported 4.8 million copies of her ebooks worldwide, author Barbara Freethy will use Ingram Publisher Services to distribute her work in print worldwide, published through her company Hyde Street Press. The press launches in spring 2015 with four books, including titles from Freethy's Callaway Series. She expects…

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