Press Release: HarperCollins Publishers Announces the Formation of HarperCollins Italia
NEW YORK—September 30, 2015—HarperCollins Publishers today announced the continued expansion of its Global Publishing Program with the creation of HarperCollins Italia. Harlequin Mondadori S.p.A, which has successfully operated in Italy for 34 years and was formerly a joint venture with Harlequin Enterprises and Mondadori Libri, will now be fully owned by HarperCollins. The business will continue to publish romance under the iconic Harmony imprint, and expand its commercial trade publishing with titles from HarperCollins and Harlequin, as well as local authors.
"We're excited to announce HarperCollins Italia and expand our presence in Europe," said Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. "This is the next step in our plans to provide our authors with a global, multi-language publishing platform to help them reach the widest possible audience for their work."
Paola Ronchi, Managing Director of the former Harlequin Mondadori S.p.A., will become Managing Director of the newly formed HarperCollins Italia.
"I'm very proud to launch the HarperCollins brand in Italy," said Ronchi. "I believe that the experience of my Italian team combined with the quality and variety of the HarperCollins portfolio will provide a powerful platform to reach readers with a compelling list of titles and authors."
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com