Hachette UK is to merge its three children’s businesses into one division on 1st January 2015, with Egmont’s Hilary Murray Hill (pictured) becoming its c.e.o.
The move will combine Hachette Children’s Books, Orion Children’s Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and create a “rich and specialised children’s publishing division,” Tim Hely Hutchinson, c.e.o of Hachette, said.
Current Egmont m.d Murray Hill will lead the new Hachette Children’s Group, joining the company on 13th January 2015. Marlene Johnson, c.e.o of Hachette Children’s Books, will retire at the end of 2014 after 40 years in publishing.
Hachette said the move aimed to develop “new strengths in children’s publishing” and there would be no redundancies as a result of the division’s creation.
from The Bookseller:
Hachette Children’s Books has appointed Jason McKenzie as UK sales director, starting on the 10th February.
Jason is currently head of retail sales for UK and export at Harlequin.
McKenzie was appointed by deputy m.d. Clare Somerville, who previously worked with him at Harlequin.
She said: "I am thrilled to be working with Jason again. He brings with him a wealth of experience across all sales channels. I look forward to seeing the business develop under his dynamic and enthusiastic leadership."
Available through the Apple store now:
An app has been produced for author-illustrator Shaun Tan’s latest title, Rules of Summer (Hodder Children’s Books), by Australian digital agency Wheelbarrow.
The app has been created in collaboration with Tan and Sophie Byrne, producer of Passion Pictures Australia, in conjunction with Hachette Australia.