Laura Hopper is joining Hyperion in the newly created position of editorial director of franchise publishing. Hopper, who comes from the film/talent side of the entertainment business--she worked for United Talent Agency (UTA) before joining the motion picture department at Brillstein-Grey and, most recently, represented individual clients working on TV and film projects--will be based on the West Coast. Hyperion said her objective will be to "focus on identifying, developing, and editing new print and digital projects within the Disney/ABC Television Group for Hyperion’s publishing program."

The hire speaks to Hyperion's continued investment in synergy, and the ability to leverage other entertainment products within the its parent company, ABC, to produce print and digital titles. Elisabeth Dyssegaard, editor in chief of Hyperion, elaborated on the hire by saying that "having an editor on the ground in Los Angeles gives us a unique advantage."