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Scholastic Education Has Appointed Lee Peters as SVP of Strategic Marketing

12a79c4Lee Peters has joined Scholastic Education as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing. In his new role, Peters is tasked with helping to shape the strategic direction of the division. He will guide the imprint’s marketing and messaging across multiple major product lines, working closely with the Scholastic Education leadership team, as well as marketing and sales teams.

The position is based in New York and Peters will be reporting directly to Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education.

Peters brings 20 years of experience in education and technology to his new post. He has worked for Pearson, Microsoft, Certiport, Adobe, Sun Microsystems and ETS.  He comes to Scholastic from Pearson Education, where he served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing, North America, setting the vision and executing on marketing, data, and product.

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Filip Sablik to Head Publishing & Marketing at BOOM! Studios

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Filip Sablik has been promoted from Vice President of Publishing and Marketing at BOOM! Studios to President of Publishing and Marketing at the company.

Sablik joined BOOM! in 2012 after serving as publisher at Top Cow. He got his start in comics back in 2000 when he joined Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2006, he joined Top Cow as VP of Marketing and Sales before his promotion.

BOOM! Studios is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk, Clive Barker’s Next Testament, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ Planet of the Apes, as well as Charles Schulz’ Peanuts, Jim Davis’ Garfield and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. In his two years at the publisher, Sablik is credited with masterminding the successful 2013 #WeAreBOOM campaign as well as relaunching the company’s website to boom-studios.com, which led to a 100 percent increase in sales. 

“There’s a reason Filip Sablik is recognized as one of the most respected executives in the business,” stated Ross Richie, founder and CEO of BOOM! Studios. “The guy’s a force to be reckoned with and has been instrumental to the company’s growth and critical to our operational excellence as BOOM! expanded.”

Rachel Bressler Joins Plume as Editorial Director

Penguin Random House LogoRachel Bressler has been named editorial director at Plume, an imprint at Penguin Random House.

Bressler has devoted more than two decades to working in the book publishing industry. Her career history includes positions at Barnes & Noble, the Park Literary Group, and Ecco, an imprint at HarperCollins.

Clare Ferraro, the president at Plume, gave this statement in the press release: “We are happy to have Rachel join Plume as our new Editorial Director. Her extensive experience in sales and marketing as well as editorial will help us to carry out our mission to continue publishing strong paperbacks in a supportive environment for authors.”

Nick McWhorter Named VP of Media Licensing at Dark Horse Comics

dark horse logoNick McWhorter has been promoted to vice president of media licensing at Dark Horse Comics.

McWhorter has been with the company for ten years. Prior to this advancement, he served as the director of custom projects.

According to the press release, “McWhorter was instrumental in facilitating and building industry wide support to kick off Dark Horse Comic’s licensed video game lines with BioWare’s Mass Effect. To date, Nick McWhorter has inked publishing deals with such notable properties as EVE, Halo, Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Plants vs. Zombies, as well as #1 Bestseller – The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia!”

Paul Whitlatch to Join Hachette as Senior Editor

28af7b3Paul Whitlatch is leaving Simon & Schuster’s Scribner imprint to join the Hachette Books as Senior Editor later this month. He will be reporting to Hachetter Publisher Mauro DiPreta.

The editor has worked with a number of  bestselling authors including: actor James Franco, Harvard education expert Tony Wagner, novelist David Goodwillie and former CIA attorney John Rizzo. Here is more about his latest work from the press release: “His recent projects include Enough, a book on gun violence by former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly; Consumed, the debut novel by film director David Cronenberg; and MIT scientist David Rose’s Enchanted Objects, a book about the future of technology.”

According to his LinkedIn page, Whitlatch spent six years at Scribner as an editor. Prior to that he was an editorial assistant at W.W. Norton & Company. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at New York University, as well as a moderator at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2011, Whitlatch was a Frankfurt Fellow and in 2013 he was named a Visiting International Publisher by the Australian Council for the Arts. He will begin his new post will join Hachette July 21st.

Allison Baker Named Director of Operations at IDW Publishing

BakerAllison Baker has been hired as director of operations at IDW Publishing. In her new position, Baker will oversee the company’s production schedule which involves working directly with the editorial and production teams.

Baker gave this statement in the press release: “IDW publishes so many fantastic comics for so many different kinds of readers, and really strives to discover new ways to deliver them to audiences. A diverse comics field is a healthy one, and I’m delighted to be a part of that in any way I can.”

Stacy Lellos Joins Scholastic

scholasticlogo082310Stacy Lellos has been named senior vice president and general manager for the Scholastic brand, Klutz.

With her new position, Lellos will assemble a team and oversee all of the operations within Klutz. She reports directly to Ellie Berger, the president of Scholastic’s trade publishing division. Though she is no stranger to the company, prior to this appointment she served as a vice president of marketing at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Here’s more from the press release: “Stacy Lellos originally joined Scholastic in 2000 as senior brand manager and soon became director, brand management and retail marketing. She led the strategic direction for the management and marketing of the Harry Potter series across the company from 2000 to 2006 and drove cross-divisional promotions for other large franchises. In 2006, Lellos added responsibility for licensed publishing, before briefly leaving Scholastic.”

Joseph Pittman Joins Riverdale Avenue Books

RABJoseph Pittman has been brought on as an editorial director at Riverdale Avenue Books. Pittman will work on the list for the publishing house’s new mystery and thriller imprint, Dagger.

In the past, Pittman has held positions at Bantam Books, New American Library, and Alyson Books. Some of the authors he has worked with include Stephen King, Martha Grimes, and Lawrence Block.

Pittman had this statement in the press release: “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Riverdale Avenue Books.  I have long-admired its independent spirit and fierce loyalty to its authors.  I share that spirit and look forward to publishing many great authors–both new and established–on the Dagger line.  Publishing may be ever-changing, but the desire to work with and discover talented authors remains a constant.”

Heather Alexander Joins Pippin Properties

Heather AlexanderHeather Alexander has been hired as a literary agent at Pippin Properties, Inc.

For six years, Alexander served as an editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. Some of the authors and illustrators she has worked with include Anne C. Voorhoeve, Jeanne Ryan, and Sophie Blackall.

According to the agency’s email announcement, Alexander “is looking for new talent from a broad range of children’s book authors and illustrators, from picture books through young adult, including graphic novels. She’s most interested in unique characters, strong voices, and quirky humor.”

Chris Grimm Joins Kensington as Director of Sales

kensingtonChris Grimm has been hired as director of sales at Kensington Publishing Corp. He will report to CEO Steven Zacharius.

In Grimm’s new role, he will manage and oversee the sales department. The team works on to sell the 500 hardcover, trade paperback and mass market titles that the company publishes on a yearly basis.

Here’s more from the press release: “Chris has been at Globe Pequot since 2006, most recently as VP of Sales. In 2013 he won the B&N Rep of the Year Award for mid-sized publishers. He started at Globe Pequot as Director of Field Sales, and was promoted to Director of National Accounts, handling: BGI, Ingram, the Clubs and B&N. Prior to working at Globe he was at Simon & Schuster for several years as a Director of National Accounts.”

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