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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.”

Job Moves at Scholastic

scholasticlogo082310Ellen Duda will come on board at Scholastic Trade as a designer. In addition, several staff members at the company have received promotions recently.

Julie Amitie is now executive director of marketing. Beth Noble has been named associate marketing manager. Emelia Zamani will serve as the editorial manager for the Chicken House and David Fickling Books imprints. Nina Goffi now holds the position of senior designer. Rachel Hicks has been promoted to managing editor of the trade hardcover and paperback division.

Jill Freshney Receives Promotion at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

mac kidsJill Freshney has been promoted to senior executive managing editor at the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Freshney has been with the company for more than six years. In this newly-created position, she will report directly to associate publisher and vice president Angus Killick.

In her new role, Freshney will oversee the managing editorial and copy editing department for the entire children’s books division. She will also supervise freelance copy editors and focus on consolidating the managing editorial team.

Publishers Weekly Promotes Jonathan Segura, Rachel Deahl & Daniel Berchenko

pwlogoPublishers Weekly has promoted three editors. Jonathan Segura, former senior editor for digital media, has been named executive editor. Rachel Deahl, the former senior news editor, is now news director. Daniel Berchenko the former copy chief is now managing editor.

Here is more from the press release: “Jonathan Segura’s new role involves expanding Publishers Weekly’s digital reach and moving the organization toward a digital-first environment. Rachel Deahl, who writes the “Deals” column as well as about business trends, technology and rights, takes on the day-to-day activities of the e-newsletter PW Daily. Daniel Berchenko is now responsible for managing the editorial production process of the magazine.”

Earlier this week, the magazine’s Editorial Director Michael Coffey announced plans to retire in June after 26 years with the publication. Jim Milliot, who has been with the company for 21 years, will take the lead at the publication.

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