Jennifer Hunt has been appointed v-p of acquisition and development and editor-at-large, Dial Books for Young Readers. She was most recently editorial director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. In her new role, she will be responsible for acquiring and developing literary and commercial fiction, from picture books to young adult. In addition to book acquisition, Hunt will liaise with the film/TV/game community on the West Coast.

Ruckus Media Group has hired Lynn Smith for the newly created position of director of business development, effective May 23, 2011. Smith was most recently director of licensed publishing at Scholastic. At Ruckus, she will head efforts to forge new alliances and partnerships, and manage the company’s licensing efforts and new business endeavors.