BEA show manager Lance Fensterman has done such a good job with Reed’s fast-growing comics and pop culture shows that he has been promoted to group vice president and will focus exclusively on the company’s pop culture business. With no replacement for BEA in place yet, Fensterman “will remain on BEA through the transition.”
Fensterman’s boss–and one-time BEA show manager herself–Courtney Muller has also been promoted, now a senior vice president. Muller’s portfolio of shows continues to include oversight of BEA.
After yesterday’s announcement from Random House in the US, a separate announcement noted that Kristin Cochrane will move up to publisher of the Doubleday Canada group, reporting to ceo Brad Martin, as of January 1. He writes: “Kristin has been with Doubleday Canada for just four years, but in that time, and particularly since assuming the position of Deputy Publisher one year ago, she has been directly and vigorously involved in all aspects of the Doubleday Canada publishing program. Her strategic approach and publishing instincts have had a clear and tangible impact on Doubleday Canada and its success.”
Meanwhile, former Crown group president and publisher Jenny Frost gave the NYT the impression she was surprised by yesterday’s restructuring. She was not “anticipating” a career change and says: “I think that Markus has a different strategic vision.”
The latest round of a dozen firings in the executive ranks of Borders UK includes chief executive Philip Downer, the Bookseller reports.
They also say that Hachette has sued the bankruptcy administrators to establish title to their inventory ensure payment of their claims.
In other personnel news, Paul Fedorko has left Trident Media Group and joined N.S. Bienstock as a literary agent.
The Mystery Writers of America will give their 2010 Grand Master award to Dorothy Gilman, author of the Mrs. Pollifax series of spy novels. Their Raven awards for “outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing” will go to the Mystery Lovers Bookshop and Broadway producer Zev Buffman.