HarperCollins Publishers and Ediouro Group yesterday (3rd August) announced they are creating a new Brazilian business, HarperCollins Brasil, by combining the existing operations of Thomas Nelson Brasil and Harlequin Brasil with Ediouro’s commercial trade publishing.
HarperCollins Brasil will release around 350 titles per year from HarperCollins’ trade, children’s, Christian and romance imprints, as well as from a list of local Brazilian authors.
“We’re excited to announce this new organization and investment in Brazil, and are committed to expanding our capabilities to better serve authors there,” said Brian Murray, president and c.e.o. of HarperCollins Publishers. “This gives us greater scale in a critical and growing market, and is another step in our plans to publish our diverse list of authors globally, while also publishing local authors.”
Antonio Araujo will take on the role of executive director of HarperCollins Brasil, responsible for operations and finance. Kaike Nane will be the publisher for the HarperCollins and Harlequin lists and Omar Alves de Souza will continue as publisher of the Thomas Nelson Brasil lists. Both will report to Mr. Araujo.
Ediouro Group, which has been HarperCollins’ partner in Brazil since 2006, will continue to publish a literary and Catholic trade list outside the joint venture. Harlequin has ended its joint venture with Record Publishing Group, which will not have a stake in HarperCollins Brasil.
The joint venture in Brazil is the latest in several global partnerships for HarperCollins, which is expanding its global footprint. It has already formed HarperCollins Germany, HarperCollins Iberica and HarperCollins Espanol, and in April announced plans to form HarperCollins Holland, HarperCollins Japan, HarperCollins Nordic (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark) and HarperCollins Polska (Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia).