In a staff announcement, Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch announced that the company has hired Martha Levin as acting publisher of Hyperion Books. Earlier this summer, HBG acquired over 1,000 Hyperion titles. Most recently publisher of Free Press, Levin had served as Hyperion’s publisher. HBG is also bringing over Hyperion veteran Betsy Hulsebosch as Hyperion’s new associate director of marketing and publicity.
In making the Levin announcement, Pietsch said she will work with HBG for at least six months to publish the books under contract and incorporate Hyperion’s backlist into HBG's systems. After joining HBG on August 5, Pietsch said Levin will assemble a team to work on the Hyperion list – including an editor, designer, and support staff. “Once we've fully incorporated Hyperion's excellent books and publishing program into ours, we plan to make this backlist the foundation for a new division of Hachette, devoted to nonfiction, which supports our strategic goal to expand HBG’s nonfiction presence,” Pietsch explained.