Deneen will spearhead this new multimedia division, mining Blackstone’s backlist and creating new IP for each publishing and adaptation alternatives.
Blackstone’s catalog counts over 13,000 audiobook titles from such authors as Ayn Rand, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda, CS Lewis, Karin Slaughter, Don Winslow and Neil deGrasse Tyson. In addition they publish for such firms and properties as Disney, Marvel, and the James Bond franchise. Blackstone’s thriving print and eBook imprint releases depend over 80 titles a 12 months by each new and established writers, together with James Clavell, Rex Pickett, PC Solid, Catherine Coulter, Leon Uris, Norman Reedus, and Meg Gardiner, amongst others.
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Deneen just lately exited Assemble Media, the place he was the corporate’s President of Literary and IP Improvement. Throughout his three years at Assemble, he developed and offered a number of books to publishers, and arrange quite a few book-to-film and TV initiatives.
In his function at Blackstone, Deneen will proceed his relationship with Assemble, together with a brand new quick story journal, Artifacts, produced by each firms. A number of of the tales within the first concern have already been optioned, similar to The Want by Philip Fracassi, which is in energetic improvement as a function. Blackstone can also be publishing The Mild Between Sirens by playwright Sharon Farrell, a debut YA novel set on the planet of juvenile EMT’s, an idea Deneen created whereas at Assemble.
Earlier than Assemble, Deneen was an Government Editor at St. Martin’s Press and Tor Books, the place he additionally created and ran the mother or father firm’s book-to-film division, Macmillan Leisure. Previous to Macmillan, Deneen was a book-to-film government for Scott Rudin and at Miramax/Dimension Movies. He began his profession at William Morris, working for lit agent Owen Laster.
“I’m extremely excited to hitch Blackstone,” Deneen tells Deadline, “It’s a forward-thinking firm that understands the worth of IP, in each the publishing and multimedia industries. This new place will enable me to mix all the expertise I’ve honed over the previous twenty years – editor, producer, writer, agent – right into a single targeted function inside an especially versatile publishing firm.”
Josh Stanton, Blackstone’s CEO, who Deneen will report back to, stated, “We’re lucky to have somebody of Brendan’s expertise, successes and stature be a part of our firm. Particularly at the moment in our evolution as we increase from a task as a standard writer to a media firm that encompasses publishing, printing, manufacturing, movie and TV, video video games and different types of leisure, Brendan’s experience, contacts and information will go an extended technique to propel us into these areas extra shortly and totally.”