Maria Campbell Associates is working for Netflix as their exclusive literary scout. Annabelle Saks in New York and Katie McCalmont in London are spearheading the scout’s efforts. Maria Campbell says in the announcement, “Our motto is ‘scouting without borders,’ which perfectly aligns with Netflix’s transformational model to bring stories in every form to people all over the world.” MCA had scouted for 16 years for Warner Bros., New Line and Warner Bros. Television, and that relationship concluded at the end of February.
Allison Lorentzen has been promoted to executive editor at Viking.
Former Running Press publisher Chris Navratil has joined Weldon Owen as associate publisher of their new gift-book business, Blue Streak Books. Focused on popular culture, entertainment, and style subjects the line will launch this spring. They aim to publish approximately 25 illustrated titles for the global market annually, with Simon & Schuster distributing in North America (as they do for other Bonnier lines).
Quercus & Teach Yourself are moving North American sales and distribution of the Michel Thomas and John Murray Languages courses from Oxford University Press to Hachette Book Group, effective July 1.
Finally, and oddly, there is a letter circulating on Twitter this morning — supposedly from Penguin Random House ceo Markus Dohle to a person pretending to be a Penguin editor — that is a complete fake. PRH confirmed the inauthenticity and Tweeted their own alert about it. It appears that the original post was from an artist trying to promote his show.