Legendary Entertainment Names Deborah Kaufmann VP, Literary Affairs

Legendary Entertainment has tapped longtime publishing and literary executive Deborah Kaufmann as VP, literary affairs.

In the newly created role, will pursue book adaptations for Legendary’s film, television and digital divisions. She will be based in New York City, and report to Legendary’s Alex Garcia, executive VP, creative affairs, and Peter Johnson, executive VP, scripted development.

“We are excited to have Deborah join the Legendary team. 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.

Kaufmann most recently was senior editor for Paris-based book publisher Calmann-Lévy, a Hachette company.

She also was the head of Orbit France, a science fiction and fantasy specialty imprint.

Before Calmann-Lévy, Kaufmann was the chief foreign acquisitions editor at Editons Michel Lafon, where she created the Michel Lafon foreign acquisitions department, with an emphasis in acquiring English language best sellers. That included the Anne Rice novels, Jeff Lindsay’s “Dexter” series, and “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”

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