Deborah Kaufmann, a senior editor at Paris-based Hachette publisher Calmann-Lévy, has joined Legendary Entertainment as VP Literary Affairs. She will be based in NY and evaluate and pursue book adaptation projects for the studio’s film, TV and digital divisions. She will report to Legendary EVP Creative Affairs Alex Garcia and EVP Scripted Development Peter Johnson.
In addition to Calmann-Lévy, where she oversaw a slate of genres including literary fiction, nonfiction, suspense, crime, thriller, and sci-fi/fantasy (she also ran the sci-fi/fantasy imprint Orbit France. That jibes well with Legendary’s genre tentpole tendencies like recent hit Godzilla and the upcoming Dracula: Untold, which comes out Friday.
Her expertise and nuanced understanding of the literary world will allow us to bolster our upcoming slate of productions with adaptations of even more creative adventures our fans will enjoy across multiple platforms,” Garcia and Johnson said in a statement.
Prior to Calmann-Lévy, Kaufmann was Chief Foreign Acquisitions Editor at Editons Michel Lafon, where she created the foreign acquisitions department focusing on English-language bestsellers. While there she acquired and edited Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter books, The Time Traveler’s Wife and several Ann Rice novels.