Suzanne Murphy has been named v-p and publisher of books at Disney Publishing Worldwide. Murphy is arriving from Scholastic, where she was v-p and group publisher of Scholastic Trade; at DPW she will be overseeing all content strategies for books, as well as handling the group's imprints, Disney-Hyperion, Disney-Jump at the Sun, Disney Editions, and Disney Press. Murphy will also handle content for the company's extensive licensing program, as well as digital content strategies. Murphy is replacing Jonathan Yaged, who left DPW in late February.
Murphy oversaw the launch of a number of successful franchises during her tenure at Scholastic -- including Suzanne Collins's bestselling The Hunger Games and the interactive series The 39 Clues -- and will, it's hoped, bring some projects of similar cachet to Disney. Jeanne Mosure, DPW's senior v-p and group publisher, called Murphy a "dynamic publishing veteran" and said her arrival "positions our already strong book team for continued future creative and financial growth.”
Murphy will start at DPW on June 28.