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People: ICM Pairs with Helen Brann Agency

ICM announced "it has entered into a succession plan with The Helen Brann Agency," while Helen Brann, 82, continues to work along with ICM in representing her clients. Brann says in the announcement, "Although I have no plans to retire from this job I love, I thought it important to put a…

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At Penguin Random House, head of global corporate finance Milena Alberti is being promoted to chief financial officer as July 1, succeeding Coram Williams as he returns to Pearson as their CFO. Alberti will join the Penguin Random House board of directors, as well as the company's North American board and global…

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James Patterson Launches New Children's Imprint

James Patterson will launch a new dedicated children's imprint, jimmy patterson, at longtime publisher Little, Brown, that will release eight to 12 middle-grade and young adult titles annually (4-6 of those titles will be Patterson's, with the other acquisitions to be overseen by him.) "We're not going to buy a…

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Briefs: HarperCollins Adds Titles to Shazam; Sierra Club Closes Book Imprints; and More

HarperCollins will be the exclusive global book partner for the launch of music recognition app Shazam's new visual recognition functionality. (Other newspaper and magazine partners include Condé Nast, Esquire, Time and the Wall Street Journal.) Starting immediately whenever Shazam users wave their mobile phone over any HarperCollins book or promotional…

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People: Dlouhy Leads Eponymous Imprint at Atheneum

Atheneum editorial director Caitlyn Dlouhy will start an an eponymous imprint, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, scheduled to begin publishing in spring 2016. With the new title of editorial director, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, she will continue to report to publisher Justin Chanda. The new line will publish approximately 20 books a year, ranging from…

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Faber to Launch US Line in 2016 with PGW and Perseus

Following Faber and Faber's termination of their US publishing partnership with FSG in February, the company has announced plans to launch their directly-published new US line in spring 2016, distributed by PGW. Faber intends to publish 60 new titles a year in the US, along with issuing a backlist of…

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Harper Expands Spanish-Language Publishing, Licenses Lee's Watchman

In the vein of their new Harper Germany publishing line, HarperCollins has created Harper Iberica to publish in Spain and Portugal, and Harper Espanol to publish Spanish-language books in North and South America. Larry Downs is svp and publisher for Harper Espanol, which will publish approximately 50 books a year,…

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At Public Affairs, Colleen Lawrie will join the company as a senior editor on March 9. She was most recently an editor at Harper Collins. Tony Forde starts work there as a publicist on March 18. He was most recently an associate publicist at Twelve. Molly Fonseca will start as marketing manager at Flatiron Books…

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Corporate: Coffee House Press Partners With Emily Books; The Readers Guild; and More

The special committee appointed by the Books-A-Million board to examine the Anderson family's offer to buy out other shareholders and take the company private has hired Houlihan Lokey as its financial adviser. Coffee House Press is partnering with Brooklyn-based feminist publishing project Emily Books, on an imprint for "books that speak to the…

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Paula Deen Books to Return This Fall, Distributed By HBG

Paula Deen returns to book publishing this fall, issuing her titles through Paula Deen Ventures, the company she launched in early 2014 with backing from Najafi Media. The company announced an agreement with Hachette Book Group to sell and distribute her titles throughout the world. The first planned new title…

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