Anthony Cheetham has left Atlantic Books, where he was an associate publisher and director on its board, in what he described as a “joint decision” between himself and Atlantic ceo Toby Mundy. “There wasn’t a huge amount for me to do at Atlantic, and the projects that I had envisaged working on were not really happening because it has been a difficult year for the company,” Cheetham told the Bookseller. He added that he was about to launch a new venture sometime this autumn, and while Cheetham did not give many details, evidently the plan is to “develop a ‘specialist publishing list’ using e-books and the web.”
Cheetham has been there less than two years, and retains a 7.5 percent stake in the company. He tells the Bookseller, “The shares are a mid- to long-term investment and I hope they do as well for me as the Quercus shares did.”
Bridget Wagner has joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as an affiliate agent in the agency’s Washington, DC offices. Previously she worked as an agent and foreign rights director at The Sagalyn Agency.
Tara Kennedy joins Oxford University Press as publicity manager, Justyna Zajac has been promoted to publicist, and Betsy DeJesu has been promoted to senior publicity manager. DeJesu first arrived at OUP in 2005.
Hanca Leppink is retiring as managing director/publisher of
Luitingh-Sijthoff on July 1 after more than 22 years with the company. Geneviève Waldmann will succeed her, and Leppink will remain with Luitingh-Sijthoff as an editor-at-large and serve on the advisory board of parent company Veen, Bosch & Keuning.
Ingram’s Vital Source has acquired e-textbook company VPG Integrated Media, which creates enhanced e-textbook applications, interactive learning objects and e-whiteboard content, and state-of-the-art video, audio, and animation production services for educational publishers.