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From Retro to Robotics: Toy Fair 2017

The Javits Center hosted the 114th International Toy Fair over Presidents’ Day weekend, with 1100 exhibitors and an estimated 30,000 attendees. In 2016 U.S. toy sales grew 5% and are estimated to be $26 billion for the year, so the mood was upbeat. Numerous mainstream publishers were on hand, including HarperCollins, Macmillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,…Continue Reading

People Round-Up, Early February 2017

PEOPLE Liese Mayer is joining Bloomsbury on February 27 in the newly-created role of Editorial Director, Fiction. She has been working as Editor at Scribner. John Morgan is now Executive Editor at Imprint. He was previously Senior Producer at Melcher Media, Director of Digital Publishing at Penguin, and Creative Director at DC Comics. Bernd Leukert…Continue Reading

People Round-Up, Mid-January 2017

PEOPLE Former U.S. Register of Copyright Maria Pallante has been selected as the next President and CEO of the American Association of Publishers. She will replace Tom Allen, who is retiring. Ben Sevier will join Grand Central Publishing on February 27 as SVP, Publisher, succeeding Jamie Raab. Sevier was previously VP, Publisher at Dutton. Catherine…Continue Reading

People Round-Up, Mid-December 2016

PEOPLE Julia A. Reidhead, formerly VP and Publishing Director of the W. W. Norton College department, has succeeded W. Drake McFeely as President. McFeely remains Chairman. And Steven Pace, currently Sales Director at Workman, will join Norton as Director of Trade Sales on January 2. He is replacing VP and Trade Sales Director William F….Continue Reading

People Round-Up, Early December 2016

PEOPLE Gail Brussel has joined Penguin Press as Publicity Manager; she most recently ran her own PR company, Gail Brussel Book Publicity. Kelly Joseph is joining McClelland & Stewart on December 5 in the newly-created role of Publishing Manager. She spent the last eight years at House of Anansi Press, serving most recently as Managing…Continue Reading

People Round-Up, Early November 2016

PEOPLE Walter Weintz has joined Guinness World Records as VP, Publishing Sales, Americas. He previously worked as Chief Sales Officer at Workman. David Young, former CEO of Orion and Hachette Book Group USA, will become Chairman of Canongate Books in January. He is taking over from Christopher Bland, who is retiring. Sienna Farris is joining…Continue Reading

Despite Their Differences, Digital Kids and Toy Fair Cheerfully Co-Exist

For the last four years Toy Fair and Digital Kids have been held in tandem, the Fair taking up the entire exhibition space at Javits, and Digital Kids being held downstairs in one of the large conference rooms.  With about 150 attendees, Digital Kids doesn’t compete with Toy Fair, with its estimated 33,000 visitors.  This…Continue Reading

People Round-Up, Mid-December 2015

PEOPLE Ellen Archer was named President of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing, taking over for Gary Gentel, who is retiring in 2016. Archer was most recently President and Publisher at Hyperion. Ben Greenberg will join Random House as Executive Editor in 2016. He was Executive Editor at Grand Central. William Wood joined Barnes & Noble…Continue Reading

People Round-Up, Mid-November 2015

PEOPLE Miriam Parker joined HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint as Associate Publisher. She was previously Marketing Director at Little, Brown. Additionally at HarperCollins, Harper Paperback and Perennial Editorial Director Cal Morgan will leave his position at the end of this week after 16 years, and will be taking some time off. As posted earlier, Libby McGuire will step…Continue Reading

People Round-Up, Early November 2015

PEOPLE Libby McGuire will step down as EVP and Publisher at Ballantine Bantam Dell at the end of 2015. She can be reached at [email protected] Editor’s Note: Update added to the original post on 11/6. Millicent Bennet is now Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing. She was previously Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster. Editor’s Note: Update added to the original post on 11/6. Craig Young…Continue Reading