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Editor Silbersack turns agent

HarperEntertainment founder joins Trident Media Group

HOLLYWOOD — John Silbersack, a veteran book editor who founded the HarperEntertainment imprint of HarperCollins, has become an agent, joining the Trident Media Group as a senior veep.

Silbersack played a significant role in integrating HarperCollins’ publishing assets with News Corp.’s film, TV and sports divisions. In more than two decades in the book trade, he’s founded several imprints; published writers like Isaac Asimov, Charles Shultz, Clive Barker and Dean Koontz; and launched book lines based on such brands as Major League Baseball, “The X-Files” and NASCAR.

Silbersack comes to Trident with a mandate to tap into new markets for the agency’s lit clients and brands — a lineup that includes writers Elizabeth George and Janet Evanovich. He’ll develop his own client list, as well as offering consulting services to corporate and licensing clients. “Books are now sold in every possible consumer channel,” Silbersack told Daily Variety. “My background involves publishing authors and properties across a very wide spectrum of formats, categories and age groups. I’ll be working with Trident to look at what other avenues can be explored.”

Robert Gottlieb, who founded Trident a year ago, said, “John brings to Trident a truly unique set of relationships with authors and a vision, bar none, in how to create new opportunities across a broad media spectrum.”

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