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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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Oxford University Press Results Flat On Year of "Structural Change"

Sales were flat Oxford University Press for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, at £759 million, and profit before tax from continuing operations declined £9 million, to £107 million. The press was able to transfer £50 million to the university. Digital sales comprised 19 percent of total revenues and…

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Penguin Random House Completes the Santillana Spanish-Language Acquisition

Penguin Random House announced Tuesday it has completed the acquisition of the Santillana's trade book business Santillana Ediciones Generales from PRISA for 72 million euros. One component of the deal -- the acquisition of Objetiva, Santillana's Brazilian trade business, is still pending, and "expected to be completed later in the…

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Amazon Replies to German Trade Association Complaint

Following the filing of 22-page complaint against Amazon by Germany's trade association representing publishers and booksellers (the Boersenverein), Amazon has issued a statement that replies to at least a portion of that complaint. The company states: "We are aware of the complaint by the Boersenverein that alleges that we are…

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German Trade Association Asks for Investigation Into Amazon

In Europe, the Germany Publishers and Booksellers Association (the Borsenverein) announced today that it filed a 22-page complaint last week against Amazon with the Federal Cartel Office, asking for an investigation into the etailers' negotiations with book publishers and accusing the company of violating antitrust laws. They are protesting Amazon's intentional…

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People

Deputy publisher of Little, Brown Heather Fain has been appointed to the additional new position of svp, director of marketing strategy, a central marketing function within HBG. She will report to ceo Michael Pietsch for the new role, and he said of the appointment, "The publisher's role as marketer has never been more…

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Corporate: New Sales Structure at Hachette UK; Berteslmann to Exit German Book Club Business

Hachette UK has reorganized its sales force into two groups due to "substantial changes to our markets." The first group comprises Little Brown UK and Orion; the second comprises Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Hachette Children's Books and Quercus. As a result of the changes, sales director at Orion Dallas Manderson is…

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People, Etc.

The winding down of Byliner.com continues with the departure of co-founder and ceo John Tayman. He told contributors in an email on Sunday, "I’ve stepped down as Byliner's CEO, but I’ll be forever thankful for the opportunity to work with and for you," the NY Observer reports. Tayman is the…

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People, Etc.

Lisa Barnes has moved over to the Random House Speakers Bureau as assistant agent director. Previously she was assistant director of publicity at Ballantine Bantam Dell. Julie MacKay has joined The Robbins Office as foreign rights manager. Previously she worked in the foreign rights department at Janklow & Nesbit. Julianne…

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Digital Etc.: More Google Play Books, Guild Statement, and A Wiley Buy

Google Play Books is in the process of adding 13 countries to the roster of territories where their service is live. Norway, the Netherlands and Colombia have already been added, with Paraguay, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama, Honduras, and Dominican Republic coming soon. A Google Plus post…

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