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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.

Publishing Jobs: Oxford University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Random House

This week, Oxford University Press is hiring an editor of history and classics, while John Wiley & Sons is seeking a marketing manager. Random House needs a web developer, and Sourcebooks is on the hunt for a web/graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Comics & Graphic Novels Market Reached $840 Million in 2013

29094Infographic4Web_LGThe market for comics and graphic novels in the U.S. and Canada hit $870 million at retail in 2013, according to a new study from ICv2 and Comichron.

These sales represent growth over the past couple of years. To break it down, the study revealed that comics periodical sales went from $300 million in 2011 to $335 million in 2012; graphic novel sales increased from $390 million in 2011 to $400 million in 2012; and combined comics and graphic novel sales grew from $690 million in 2011 to $735 million in 2012. “It’s great that the comics market has found new ways to grow even as the over-all book and magazine markets remain challenged,” stated Milton Griepp, CEO of ICv2.  “It’s proof of the fundamental entertainment and literary value of the comics medium.”

Here is more details about where these comics are sold from the press release: “According to the report by Comichron and ICv2, comics periodical sales occur primarily in the comics store channel ($340 million) and to a declining degree in the “newsstand” channel ($25 million).  For book format products, well over half of all graphic novel sales ($245 million) occur in the book channel, with a smaller share ($170 million) in the comics store channel.” (Via Publishers Weekly).

Christopher Walken Signs On as Captain Hook For ‘Peter Pan’ Musical

Peter PanNBC plans to adapt J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a live musical.

Academy Award winner Christopher Walken has landed the role of villain Captain Hook. Hollywood veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed on as producers.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Based on James M. Barrie’s revered book and musical, NBC’s new take, which hails from Universal Television, comes after the network in 1955 staged a live broadcast of the Broadway production of Peter Pan that opened in 1954. The show, starring Tony winners Mary Martin and Cyril Richard drew 65 million viewers — the highest rating for a single night program at the time.”

New Book From the Founder of Essence Celebrates the Mag’s 44-Year History

Nine years after selling his magazine to Time Inc., Edward Lewis reveals how Essence came to be in his new book, The Man From Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women (Atria Books). Mediabistro recently interviewed Lewis to discuss the beginnings of one of the first magazines devoted to black women and why now was the right time to write his book.

Essence was first published in 1970 with a modest 50,000 copies before growing to more than a million four decades later. That type of growth will keep anyone busy and it was the “day-to-day running” of Essence that stalled him from telling its story earlier on. Lewis says this was an important story to tell because:

I wanted black women to know that a group of men thought so much of them that we wanted to bring something into the world that would celebrate their beauty and intelligence. Other women’s magazines weren’t talking about black women and we wanted to fill the void in the marketplace.

To find out more on the early days of Essence and what the magazine was almost called, read: So What Do You Do, Edward Lewis, Founder of Essence Magazine?

Marvel Makes Major Changes to Thor, Captain America, & Iron Man

marvel logoMarvel plans to shake things up in The Avengers universe for three major characters: Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man.
Female Thor

Henceforth, a woman will swing the Uru hammer in the Thor series. A Nerdist article reveals that the original Asgardian God of Thunder proved “himself to be unworthy, as per the inscription on his mighty hammer Mjolnir, Thor is stripped of his godly powers and this new mystery woman will take up the charge.”

Captain America Sam Wilson With all the super soldier serum extracted from his body, Steve Rogers is in no condition to continue on as Captain America. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Wilson, an African-American best known as The Falcon, will pick up the shield and serve in Rogers’ place.

Tony Stark will trade in his iconic burgundy and gold suit for a silver version. According to Entertainment Weekly reports that Stark has not only developed an upgraded suit, but also “a new perspective on life” that includes great ambitions.

So far, it seems that these changes apply exclusively to the comic books. Female Thor will be introduced in Thor #1 due out in October 2014. African-American Captain America will make his debut in All-New Captain America #1 due out in November 2014. Tony Stark will show off his new gear in Superior Iron Man #1 also set for release in November 2014.

 

Publisher Revenues Up 6.5% in Q1 2014: AAP

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According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for the first quarter of 2014, publishers saw total trade sales increase 6.5 percent over the same period for 2013.

The report looked at net revenues for 1218 publishers from January through March 2014. The AAP also revealed that, “In categories, Children’s/Young Adults continued its double-digit growth in publishers’ total net revenue vs the previous period:  +31.5% for Jan-March 2014 over 2013.  Additionally, each of the four C/YA formats (Hardcover, Board Book, Paperback and eBook) showed double-digit growth over the previous quarter.”

The AAP chart embedded above shows total net revenue for the first quarter broken out by format as well as by category.

David Levithan Inks Deal For Musical YA Novel

David LevithanDavid Levithan, a New York Times bestselling author and Scholastic editorial director, has landed a deal with Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Levithan plans to pen a musical novel entitled Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Fans will recall that this musical was featured in the collaborative novel written by Levithan and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. For this project, he plans to share the full script.

Publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Bill Clegg. She will edit the manuscript herself. A release date has been set for March 2015 to honor the fifth anniversary of the publication of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

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Lion Forge Comics & IDW Partner to Bring Airwolf & Knight Rider Digital Comics to Print

airwolfLion Forge Comics has teamed up with IDW Publishing to introduce bring its digital comics library into the print comics market. This begins with print editions of the digital comics Airwolf and Knight Rider, which are based on the classic NBC Universal television series.

In addition, IDW has plans to publish a print edition of Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, inspired by MMA fighter, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The partnership will include additional titles, which will be announced down the road.

“We are excited to be entering this creative endeavor with IDW, a company we feel is on the forefront of progressive publishing,” stated David Steward II, CEO, Lion Forge. “With IDW’s experience and reputation for innovation, this partnership will exponentially  increase Lion Forge’s potential to explore new and unique avenues for our content.”

Apple to Pay $450M in eBook Settlement

doj304Apple has agreed to pay $450 million in damages to put an end to the eBook price fixing case. The company agreed to the settlement last month, but terms of the deal were just disclosed this week.

The Washington Post has more: “The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling last year that Apple was liable for violating antitrust laws. A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York reversing the judge could, under the settlement, either reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million for consumers, or eliminate payments altogether.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. A trial was scheduled for this July to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay. Apple lost an appeal in the eBook judgement back in February, and had since been pushing to delay the trial.

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