Lana Beckwith has returned to her role as senior content development manager at HarperCollins following a period of extended leave.
She will report to group digital director Jo Surman and also work closely with group rights director Lucy Vanderbilt.
Beckwith previously managed HarperCollins’s relationships with major studios and companies including 20th Century Fox and Endemol, and worked with producers to identify development opportunities across both frontlist and backlist titles. She also launched an initiative to "uncover hidden gems" in the HarperCollins archives, the publisher said, and negotiated deals for a wide range of titles with a large cross-section of studios and production houses, while completing a diploma in script development from the National Film & TV School.
HarperCollins said Beckwith will continue to work on proactively selling film, television and theatrical rights to HarperCollins books, representing highlights from across the adult and Farshore lists to help more of HarperCollins’ books reach screens.
Surman said: "We are delighted to have Lana back. We are committed to a creative and proactive approach to selling dramatisation rights, and Lana’s return is a significant marker of our desire to ramp up our existing development programme. She is hugely talented and creative and will be essential in bringing more and more of our content to the stage and screen."
Beckwith added: "I am hugely looking forward to returning to HarperCollins, which has been my home for almost 13 years. In this role, I get to combine my greatest passions — books, film, TV and theatre — and find those brilliant stories that transcend medium. As well as working on our frontlist and its exciting new talent, I also want to champion our incredible backlist and identify opportunities to reach new audiences. I can't wait to reinvigorate our existing relationships and to forge new ones with producers and studios, to bring our books to life on screen and stage."