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Friedman reassigns staff to HarperEntertainment

NEW YORK — HarperCollins president and CEO Jane Friedman’s restructuring of the publishing house is continuing with reassignments of current staff to HarperEntertainment, a new imprint announced in June.

The imprint, including hardcover and paperback books related to movies, TV, celebrities, music and sports, is set to debut this fall.

Joining John Silbersack — the HarperCollins senior VP and publishing director previously announced to head up the imprint — is Mauro DiPreta, formerly senior editor for the house’s adult trade division, who will serve as HarperEntertainment executive editor.

DiPreta, whose celebrity book acquisitions for HarperCollins includes the rumored $2 million advance for poetry book and New York Times bestseller “A Night Without Armor” by singer Jewel, will also continue to acquire for the HarperCollins adult trade list.

Also newly appointed to HarperEntertainment as senior editor is Caitlin Blasdell, previously an editor at HarperPrism, the house’s science fiction imprint that has published some entertainment-related properties in the past, such as the “The X-Files” series.

Silbersack previously headed up HarperPrism; the announcement of his replacement in that position is still pending.

Other HarperCollins staffers assigned to new roles at HarperEntertainment include Amy Wasserman as associate director of marketing and Noelle La Corbiniere as licensing coordinator. Laura Leonard, assistant director of publicity for HarperCollins’ adult trade division, will become the HarperEntertainment specialist.

New hires

Industry insiders are speculating that new hires to HarperCollins may come after Nov. 1, reportedly the year anniversary from Friedman’s exit from Random House, where she served as executive VP of its Knopf division and when, per her exit agreement, she can freely hire personnel from Random House. Details of Friedman’s exit agreement were confidential, however, and could not be confirmed.

Additionally, Friedman already recently hired former Random House trade publisher Cathy Hemming as HarperCollins adult trade publisher.

Friedman could not be reached for comment.

The creation of HarperEntertainment means that plans for HarperHorizon, an imprint skedded to launch in February to handle licensing programs, have been shelved.

Pat Teberg, who was acting as director of branded product for that launch, is now shifted to senior editor for HarperEntertainment.

The HarperEntertainment team will be based in New York but work closely with Lucy Hood, senior vice president, entertainment publishing, who is based in Los Angeles and has offices on the 20th Century Fox lot.

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