Regan Books Imprint Shuttered
HarperCollins announced this week it will no longer use its Regan Books name, effective immediately, for any of its planned titles, and will shut down the imprint in the wake of the controversy preceding and following the firing of publisher Judith Regan.
An interim logo, HC, will appear on all books published in early 2007 that would have been under the Regan imprint, the company said Wednesday. In September, the HC logo will be discontinued, and the books will be assigned to other HarperCollins imprints.
“We feel our authors will be best served by being integrated into HarperCollins,” said Michael Morrison, president and group publisher, Harper/Morrow.
HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corp., terminated Regan over alleged anti-Semitic comments she made following the fiasco surrounding O.J. Simpson’s “If I Did It.”
The Regan Books office in Los Angeles will close by March 1, according to HarperCollins.
Several senior members from that office, including editorial director Cal Morgan, executive managing editor/senior editor Cassie Jones, marketing director Gregg Sullivan and senior art director Richard Ljoenes will return to the New York office, which remains “as is.” Suzanne Wickham will also stay on as publicity director based in Los Angeles.
“Our talented, dedicated staff will work hard to ensure a seamless transition,” Morrison said.