Jenny Jackson has been promoted to vice president, executive editor at Knopf.
Weslie Turner has joined Versify as senior editor. Turner was previously associate editor at Imprint.
Patrik Bass has been promoted to executive editor at Amistad.
Tiffany Shelton has joined Amazon Publishing as acquisitions editor for Little A and Skyscape. She was previously at St. Martin’s.
Allie Merola has been promoted to assistant editor at Viking Penguin.
Olga Filina, Ali McDonald, and Cassandra Rodgers have left The Rights Factory to launch a new literary agency, with details to follow.
Shira Schindel has joined Blackstone as head of content acquisitions. She was senior manager, strategic content partnerships at Audible.
Milena Brown has been promoted to associate director of marketing at Atria.
Abigail Novak has been promoted to publicity manager at Scribner, and Zoey Cole has been promoted to marketing manager.
At Gallery, Rachel Brenner has been promoted to senior publicist; Rebecca Strobel to associate editor; and John Vairo to art director.
Lucy Abrahams has been appointed literary scout for London-based production company New Wave.
Disney has reorganized its media and entertainment businesses to focus on streaming, putting their studios, general entertainment, and sports all in one big, Media and Entertainment Distribution organization. Kareem Daniel, formerly president, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, heads the new group.
David Gale, 65, former editorial director at Simon & Schuster Children’s, died on Friday following a long illness. Publishers of S&S Children’s Justin Chanda wrote: “David was a terrific colleague and a dear friend. His passion for children’s literature and inclusivity on the page allowed him to help foster a legacy of books that not only helped change lives, but will continue to change lives with every new generation of readers.” The SCBWI wrote: “As tributes have begun to pour in one word stands out: Legendary. It is an apt title, and we join the wider world of children’s books in mourning his passing.”
NYC’s Books of Wonder is moving one block south, from 18th Street to 17th Street in Manhattan. Owners hope to have the new store open by the week of October 19.