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Ira Silverberg to Join Open Road as Strategic Advisor

irasilverbergIra Silverberg, the former Literature Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, has joined Open Road Integrated Media, as Strategic Advisor for Author Brands.

In his new post, which starts April 22nd, Silverberg will be signing on authors and acquiring backlist catalogs. He will report to Publisher Tina Pohlman. ”I have always admired Ira’s love of literature, his generosity of spirit, and his professional integrity,” stated Pohlman. “He cares about writers first and foremost, and brings a backlist savoir faire to Open Road that will be a great asset in our mission to preserve the legacy of the greats in the digital future.”

Silverberg comes to Open Road from NEA where he has worked since 2011. Prior to that position, he held several positions in publishing. He was Editor in Chief of Grove Press, as well as Publisher and Founding Coeditor of High Risk Books, an imprint of Serpent’s Tail. Silverberg also owned a public relations company dedicated to independent literary presses and nonprofit literary organizations. He also served as a literary agent and Foreign Rights Director at Donadio & Olson and Sterling Lord Literistic.

 

Lucas Wittman Has Joined Regan Arts as Executive Editor/Associate Publisher

lucaswittmannJudith Regan has hired  Lucas Wittmann for the newly launched Regan Arts. Wittmann will serve as the new Phaidon division’s Executive Editor and Associate Publisher.

 

Wittman comes to Regan Arts from The Daily Beast where he has spent the last four years as books editor and senior editor.  Here is more from the press release: “He won a National Magazine Award for Book Beast, one of the most widely read literary sites, and also edited international and feature stories on everything from the yakuza to Iraqi jihadis to neuroscience. He is the co-founder of the new literary cabaret series House of SpeakEasy, a non-profit dedicated to working with writers to develop new audiences and bring them to schools.”

Earlier this month, the company announced new hires Fritz BrantleyRon Hoganand Michael Szczerban.

Fritz Brantley, Ron Hogan & Michael Szczerban Join Regan Arts as Editors

reganartsJudith Regan has hired three editors for the newly launched Regan Arts.  Fritz Brantley, Ron Hogan and Michael Szczerban will join the new Phaidon division.

Senior editor Szczerban comes to Regan Arts from Simon & Schuster, where he was the recipient of the 2012 Lawrence Peel Ashmead Editorial Award. In his new role, Szczerban will acquire fiction and nonfiction, focusing on “transformative ideas,” “technology and culture,” and “why we are the way we are.”

Hogan, a former GalleyCat editor, comes to Regan Arts from Shelf Awareness where he served as contributing editor. In the new job, Hogan will acquire fiction and nonfiction, focusing on “current affairs,” “pop culture,” and “inspirational/entrepreneurial stories.”

Associate editor Fritz Brantley comes to the new imprint Routledge, where he served as editor and marketer. Brantley has also written for Oprah.com, Publisher’s Weekly, and the East Bay Express.

Scholastic Hires Chief Experience Officer

heathermcintoshcassanoScholastic has hired Heather McIntosh Cassano as Chief Experience Officer, a newly created position.

In her new role, Cassano will work with the company’s various publishing departments to implement Schoh digital experiences. She will also lead the entire company’s user experience designers, prototypers and user researchers. Evolving the company’s website for elementary school teachers is her first mission. She will also work with product development and e-commerce employees to help ensure a consistent user experience across channels.

Cassano has more than twenty-five years of experience in user experience and product design. She comes to Scholastic from Pearson, where she served as Chief Experience Officer for about three years. Cassano has also held senior positions at Yahoo, Google, Symantec Corporation and Sun Microsystems. She received her B.A. in computer science from Boston College, and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, Vermont.

Rose Else-Mitchell Named EVP of Scholastic Education

roseelsemitchellRose Else-Mitchell has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Scholastic Education and Publisher, Global Education at newly created position.

In her new role, Else-Mitchell will oversee the creation and development of print books and technology learning products for the pre-K-12th grade market. She will also be tasked with building a global roadmap for the company’s education products, collaborating with teams in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Canada.

Rose joined Scholastic in 2001 and is credited with launching Scholastic’s technology programs including READ 180  and SYSTEM 44, as well as developing iRead and MATH 180. According to her LinkedIn page, prior to joining Scholastic, Else-Mitchell served as Managing Editor: Acquisitions and Production at the Primary Teacher’s Association in Australia. Before that she was a Development Officer at The Children’s Book Council in Sydney, Australia.

 

 

Job Moves at Quirk Books, Atavist Books, & Penguin Young Readers Group

Quirk-Books-logoA number of publishing job changes have been announced recently.

Nicole DeJackmo has received a promotion and will henceforth serve as an associate director of publicity and marketing at Quirk Books. She will continue to oversee promotional campaigns and manage a marketing team.

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Joe Mangan Named EVP/Chief Operating Officer of Hachette

joemanganJoe Mangan will join the Hachette Book Group (HBG) as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on February 3.

Mangan comes to HBG from Perseus Books where he has spent the last decade at Chief Operating Officer.

“…he has built a remarkable record of success, focused on growth, IT opportunities, digital transformation, distribution, and efficiency,” stated  Michael Pietsch, CEO of HBG. “Joe’s reputation is one of the best in our industry, and his skills, trade publishing experience, and leadership style are a perfect match for HBG. With his deep expertise in IT and vision for our digital future, his wealth of experience building distribution businesses, and his insight into strategic business development, Joe will be a tremendous asset for us.” Read more

Claiborne Smith Named Editor-in-Chief at Kirkus Media

292681_345737255463749_1546631150_nClaiborne Smith has been named editor-in-chief at Kirkus Media.

The company created to help with the content expansion of the Kirkus Reviews magazine. Smith will continue to fulfill his duties as a features editor. With this new position, he will also manage the editorial team.

Smith had this statement in the press release: “At a time when the publishing industry is making big and small leaps to adapt to many changes, it’s exciting to lead a growing magazine that has been at the heart of publishing since 1933. Kirkus is an organization driven by integrity and a sincere love of books, and I can think of no greater honor than leading this dynamic team of editors and writers.”

BuzzFeed Hires Isaac Fitzgerald to Edit its Books Section

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 9.46.39 AMBuzzFeed has hired Isaac Fitzgerald, the former director of publicity of at McSweeney’s, to head up its new books section. Fitzgerald is also the co-founder of Pen & Ink and co-owner of The Rumpus.

Fitzgerald is relocating from San Francisco to New York and will begin in December, according to reports.

In an interview with Poynter.org, Fitzgerald said that the site will begin doing reviews, but would refrain from writing negative reviews. “Why waste breath talking smack about something?” he told Poynter.org. “You see it in so many old media-type places, the scathing takedown rip.” Read more

Thank You for Five Wonderful Years

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After five years, I am leaving Mediabistro and GalleyCat.

I am moving on to the True Pictures film company, where I will lead the story investigation department and build an online community.  You can keep track of my writing projects or connect on my personal page.

I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with this lovely group of readers and writers. Every single day I woke up and discovered something new. No writer can ask for anything more than that.

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