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‘Stranger Things’ Books Set For Fall Debut From Penguin Random House

EXCLUSIVE: Penguin Random House will partner with Netflix on a worldwide publishing deal for books based on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Stranger ThingsDeadline has learned. The first two titles, set for a release this fall, will be a behind-the-scences companion book and a hardcover gift book for young readers. Those two books will be followed next spring by a Stranger Things prequel novel, written by author Gwenda Bond, about Eleven's mother and… Read


Random House Ups Theresa Zoro To Exec VP Marketing & Public Relations

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Random House has upped Theresa Zoro to EVP Executive Creative Director, Marketing and Public Relations, effective immediately. Zoro previously was the publishing house’s EVP Director, Publicity and Communications. In the newly created role, Zoro (above, left) will continue to report to Gina Centrello, Random House president and publisher. She’ll now oversee marketing and consumer insights, while continuing to lead publicity and communications, for the Random House… Read


Assemble Media Taps Macmillan’s Brendan Deneen For Lit & IP Development

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EXCLUSIVE: Assemble Media, the New York-based multi-platform production company, has brought on Macmillan Entertainment executive editor Brendan Deneen to serve as Assemble’s President of Literary and IP Development. Over the past eight years at the publishing house, Deneen edited dozens of books including the bestselling Walking Dead novels co-written by Robert Kirkman. Deneen also created and ran Macmillan Entertainment, setting up book-to-film projects at Warner… Read


Penguin Random House Promotes Execs; Nina Von Moltke Takes Strategic Development Role

Penguin Random House has promoted senior exec Nina von Moltke to the newly created role of President, Director of Strategic Development, Penguin Random House U.S. The promotion was among several staffing changes announced today by Madeline McIntosh, CEO, Penguin Random House U.S. Von Moltke, who will continue reporting to McIntosh and serving on the company’s U.S. board, is a sixteen-year veteran of the publishing company, with experience in digital publishing, corporate… Read


Crime Writer Lisa Scottoline Signs Six-Book Deal With Putnam

Best-selling mystery author Lisa Scottoline has inked a six-book deal with publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons, leaving St. Martin’s Press. The deal, coming after Scottoline’s recent successes with novels After Anna and One Perfect Lie, will include the writer’s first domestic thriller and her first work of historical fiction. Ivan Held, the president of G.P. Putnam's Sons who negotiated the deal with with Robert Gottlieb, Chairman at Trident Media Group, for North American… Read


Sony Pictures Television Acquires Wattpad Story ‘Death Is My BFF’

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to Katarina E. Tonks's story series Death Is My BFF, which bowed via Wattpad, the Toronto-based storytelling app that combines crowdsourced content and other material. Paul Shapiro, who brought the project to Sony, will executive produce under his All In Media banner, along with Wattpad’s Aron Levitz and Eric Lehrman. Tonks's Death Is My BFF series of stories have more than 92 million reads to date on… Read


Meredith Announces Digital Series ‘Badass Women’ And Comedian Michelle Collins’ ‘Search History’ At NewFronts

Meredith gave its venerable stable of Time Inc.-fortified magazine brands, including People, Better Homes and Gardens and Shape, a millennial make-over today at the Digital Content NewFronts in New York City. The presentation is the first chance since the Time Inc. acquisition last year for Meredith to showcase its brands and  reach. It emphasized the appeal of these well-known publications to a specific demographic advertisers covet — millennials. "Meredith now has… Read


Penguin Random House Names New U.S. CEO And Group President

Madeline McIntosh was been named CEO of Penguin Random House U.S today, with Allison Dobson succeeding McIntosh as President, Penguin Publishing Group. The announcement was made by Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House worldwide, who previously oversaw the U.S. company in addition to his global role since 2013. Said Dohle, “In September 2014, after almost twenty years of leadership roles in our corporate and service areas, Madeline was appointed President of the… Read


John Oliver’s Mike Pence-Trolling Bunny Book Steals Amazon Top Spot From James Comey

John Oliver’s book about Vice President Mike Pence’s family bunny, “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” hit the top spot on Amazon’s best-seller list Monday night. Meanwhile, while Pence’s own Marlon Bundo book, “Marlon Bundo’s A Day In The Life Of The Vice President” trailed at No. 5. Oliver’s pushed from Amazon’s top spot sacked FBI Director James Comey’s book,  A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. Pence’s publisher, Regnery Publishing accused Oliver of… Read


‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Launches Amazon Book Imprint

Transparent creator Jill Soloway will launch her own Amazon Publishing imprint, Amazon announced today. The new imprint will be called Topple Books, named after Soloway’s production company. Soloway, the writer, filmmaker and TV creator whose credits include the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Transparent and I Love Dick, will use Topple Books to spotlight the voices of women of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer writers. "We live… Read


Cinestate Acquires Fangoria Magazine, Installs New Management And Strategy

Cinestate, a Texas-based entertainment company, completed the deal to acquire all the assets and trademarks of the Fangoria brand, including the horror movie magazine, from The Brooklyn Company. Fangoria Magazine will move from digital-only back to print and a new editor-in-chief with Phil Nobile, and a new publisher with a new first issue readying to drop on Halloween. Nobile comes to Fangoria from his role as editor-at-large for the website Birth.Movies.Death. He will… Read


ICM Partners Signs D.C.-Based News Operation Politico To Expand IP Across Platforms


ICM Partners has just signed political news operation Politico to develop the organization’s IP across all platforms and to work together on the agency’s first-of-its kind political department and Politico’s Women Rule Iniative. As part of the agreement, the agency says it will “explore all aspects of Politico’s journalism and content for storytelling opportunities, whether on the big screen, docudramas, or investigative journalism books.” They are partnering to mine for… Read