After sharing office space and some employees for the past two years, agencies Kuhn Projects and Zachary Shuster Harmsworth are formally merging to form Aevitas Creative Management. They write in an announcement: “Our every hope is that Aevitas will carry forward the best practices and traditions of both agencies. We’re especially excited to create more growth opportunities for younger colleagues eager to spread their wings and be part of an organization that we’re confident will thrive for years to come. We remain a boutique enterprise, but a stronger and more capable one, with an ever more impressive list of clients, agents, and combined achievements.” Apparently, “Aevitas is a Latin word with multiple meanings—Forever, Immortality, Unending Time—and we intend to create a firm that fulfills its name.”
David Kuhn, Todd Shuster, and Esmond Harmsworth all serve as managing partners of the combined firm. Jennifer Gates, Laura Nolan, Janet Silver, and Lane Zachary are all senior partners, and Rick Richter and Jane von Mehren are the additional partners.
Penguin Young Readers Group vp, manufacturing Ginny Anson will retire at the end of the year after more than 31 years with the company, Shelf Awareness reports. Succeeding Anson as of December 15 is Nadine Britt, promoted to vp, executive director of production. Jen Loja calls Anson in a statement “a true and special force in our book world. Her impact has been enormous, both because of her work–and because of who she is, at her core, with her seldom-found ability to be at once forceful and warm, driven and approachable, tenacious yet empathetic.”
Penguin Random House Audio announced a number of recent hires in its audio production and operations department. Linda Korn has joined as executive producer; previously she operated her own company, Kornucopia Sounds. Nick Martorelli moves over to producer, previously working as an ebook production manager for PRH. Finally, Tara Hart joins the operations group as assistant manager, rights and permissions.
At Chronicle Books, Diane Levinson has been promoted to senior publicist, stepping up to full-time on December 5, working on publicity for the ART list as well as corporate publicity for the brand.
Stacy Creamer has left Regan Arts, which she joined as svp, executive editor in April, Publishing Trends reports.