As the chief global development officer and MD of Walker Productions, McAleer will be developing and leading the global team responsible for shaping the strategy, forecasts, and delivery for the three Walker Group companies (UK, US, and Aus/NZ) and their properties and products in the development, exploitation, marketing, and sale of auxiliary media rights. Under the umbrella of publishing, the CGDO also will supervise all licensed and tie-in publishing for the three companies globally, working with an in-house team of editors and designers on its creation and with the local MDs and commercial directors to implement successful selling and marketing strategies for the mass-market oriented list.
About Helen McAleer McAleer (pictured right) joined Walker Books in London in 2006 as UK Managing Director. She has built Walker UK’s reputation as a forward looking company, geared towards acquisition and management of multiple rights. She has overseen the development of the digital publishing strategy and has remained committed to building new partnerships and growth opportunities for the business.
She founded Walker Productions in 2007 to develop Walker-owned content for other media platforms, making Walker UK a uniquely structured publishing company able to deliver IP to new audiences and new platforms.
“This new division for the Walker Group opens up tremendously exciting opportunities for our books, authors, and illustrators worldwide. I am thrilled that the American and Australian lists will now be able to benefit as the UK list has done from Helen’s top-of-the-industry expertise. She brings a 360 degree approach to the translation of books into other forms of media. Helen is passionate about reaching children through all platforms, and we look forward to seeing where she will take us,” says Karen Lotz, Walker Group Managing Director, to whom McAleer will continue to report.
“It is with great excitement that I embark on my new role within the Walker Group,” says McAleer. “As the industry continues to evolve it’s vital that we focus on diversifying the business beyond traditional publishing models and I plan to make sure that the many quality properties on the Walker list worldwide benefit from all the new opportunities opening up to us.
“I’m extremely proud of the work I have done with Walker UK over the past six years to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century, and ensuring that it continues to be an award-winning, ground-breaking publisher. But I am hugely excited to now be concentrating on building on the extraordinary success of Walker Productions, which I first started in 2007, and to be working with Karen to further develop our fast-growing presence in the licensing and digital marketplaces. I can’t wait to continue introducing the Walker name to even more new partners, new formats and new audiences around the world.”
When McAleer moves over in July to head up the new division, Lotz will take on the role of interim UK MD as she considers how best to lead Walker UK into the next phase of its development. She will also continue her roles as MD of the Walker Books Group as well as President and Publisher of Candlewick Press.
via Booksellers NZ