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HYPERION BOOKS DIVES INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE TO PUBLISH TWO NOVELS STARRING FEMALE SUPER HEROES, AVENGERS’ SHE-HULK AND X-MEN’S ROGUE

New York, NY, February 7, 2013 – Hyperion Books and Marvel Entertainment today announced plans to partner and publish two action-packed novels featuring popular Marvel Super Heroes. Scheduled for release in June, both novels showcase strong, smart heroines seeking happiness and love while battling cosmic evil.

She-Hulk, Marvel’s much-beloved comic book heroine who shares her cousin Bruce Banner’s ability to transform into a hero of incredible power, comes to life in a page-turning novel. In The She-Hulk Diaries, Jennifer Walters, aka She Hulk, juggles climbing the corporate ladder by day and battling villains and saving the world by night—all while trying to navigate the dating world to find a Mr. Right who might not mind a sometimes-very big and green girlfriend.

The second novel, Rogue Touch, features one of the most popular X-Men characters, Rogue, a young woman trying to navigate the challenges of everyday life and romance—except that her touch is deadly. After accidentally putting her first boyfriend in a coma, she runs away from home where, she meets the handsome and otherworldly James and sparks fly. Like Rogue, however, James’ life is hardly simple. To elude his mysterious and dangerous family, James shaves his head, dons all black. Stealing a car, they head out on the highway and eventually, Rogue has to decide whether she will unleash her devastating powers in order to save the only man alive who seems to truly understand her.

The announcement was made by Hyperion’s Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Dyssegaard. Of the deal, Dyssegaard says, “Marvel has had tremendous success with recent hit movies and we think it’s a great time to explore what happens to super heroines when they are dropped into traditional women’s novels.”

“It’s exciting to see Hyperion bring two of our most beloved female super heroes, Rogue and She-Hulk, to life in ways you’ve never seen before,” said Ruwan Jayatilleke, Associate Publishers/SVP, Marvel Entertainment. “Whether you’re a long time fan of Marvel or new to our Super Heroes, these novels deliver exciting stories that will capture your imagination.”

About Hyperion
Founded in 1991, Hyperion publishes general-interest fiction and non-fiction hardcover, eBook, trade, and mass-market paperback titles. The company publishes about 80 combined hardcover, original eBooks, and paperbacks a year, and offers many of its titles as audio books. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company.

About Marvel
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.

Editors, please note: Book art is available upon request.

HYPERION TO PUBLISH BOOK BY LEGENDARY WIDE RECEIVER AND ESPN COMMENTATOR CRIS CARTER ON FOOTBALL’S MOST TALKED ABOUT POSITION, THE WIDE RECEIVER

New York City, July 23, 2012 – Hyperion today announces plans to publish GOING DEEP: How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports by ESPN analyst and former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter and sports reporter Jeffri Chadiha in August 2013. Drawing from his own experience as a 16-year career wide receiver as well as extensive interviews with some of the most well-known and talented players of this position including Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald, and legendary coach Bill Parcells, Carter will offer readers an in-depth and entertaining analysis of the most exciting position in football.

The evolution of wide receivers’ dominance—both on and off the field—sparked lively analysis in 2011 when Carter appeared on the hit ESPN Radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning to discuss Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes’ disgruntled attitude during a game. That conversation led to a deeper discussion about the evolving nature of the position as the game changes. Today, wide receivers are known for their awe-inspiring plays, outgoing personalities, and the entertainment value they bring to football—but this wasn’t always the case.

In GOING DEEP, Carter will take an inside, in-depth look at both the history of the position and how it has blown up in recent years and come to dominate the game, transforming the NFL into a predominantly passing league. Filtering through his own personal experience and sharing anecdotes and accounts from the most well-known and outrageous players (past and present) in the league, he will chronicle the biggest personalities in the position and show just how they’ve changed the game of football.

The announcement of this new book was made by Executive Editor of Hyperion Kerri Kolen. Kolen acquired the world and first serial rights from agent Peter Steinberg of The Steinberg Agency.

Of the deal, Kolen said, “There aren’t too many in-depth, comprehensive books about the game of football itself in the marketplace today and GOING DEEP delivers the goods. It is intelligent, brazen, dishy, insightful and written by two authors who are uniquely positioned to turn it into a football classic.”

Carter said, “I believe wide receivers are difference makers in the National Football League, and I want to give fans insight as to why. In this book for Hyperion, Jeffri and I explore the importance of the wide receiver role and how this position has changed over time. Based on my experience and our conversations with NFL coaches and receivers, we hope to provide fans of football a deeper understanding of the wide receiver and the game itself.”

Carter spent sixteen years as a wide receiver in the NFL, where he became one of the most dominant pass-catchers in the history of football, played in eight Pro Bowls, and set nearly every major receiving record for the Minnesota Vikings. At the end of his playing career, he ranked second all-time in the NFL in receptions and touchdown receptions before embarking on a broadcasting career that has led to his current position as ESPN analyst. He can be seen during the football season every Sunday and Monday on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown.

Chadiha has spent the last five years as a senior writer for ESPN.com and a contributor to ESPN The Magazine. Prior to joining ESPN in 2007, he was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, where he worked for seven years.  He received a Sports Emmy in 2009.

With an accessible and enlightened approach, GOING DEEP will be a must-have for all football fans wanting an intelligent analysis, behind-the-scenes perspective, and never-before-told stories about the players they love.

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.

Editors, please note: A photograph of the author is available upon request.

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HYPERION TO PUBLISH INSPIRATIONAL MEMOIR ON A FAMILY’S UNIQUE WAY OF DEALING WITH A FATHER’S DEPLOYMENT

Book Will Redefine Family Dinners

New York City, July 16, 2012 – Hyperion today announced plans to publish an inspirational book by the U.S. Navy’s only military spouse blogger, Sarah Smiley. Described by the New York Times as “Erma Bombeck for the military wife set,” Sarah will write a true, heart-warming tale about the family dinner table, and how she filled her deployed husband’s seat with guests once a week for thirteen months. Sarah gives readers a powerful message about how we fill the gaps in our lives when loved ones are far away. The book, entitled DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS, was acquired in a preempt and is scheduled for publication in Summer 2013.

While Navy pilot Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Smiley is deployed to Djibouti for 1 year, Sarah, his wife, and her 3 children—Ford, 11, Owen, 9, and Lindell, 5—host one special guest each week to fill his seat at the dinner table at their home in Bangor, Maine. The idea for the dinners began when Ford told his mom that family dinners wouldn’t be the same without his dad. The weekly dinners were intended to be a way to pass the lonely nights of a year-long family separation, but to the Smileys’ surprise, the guests ended up contributing to all of their lives in a much deeper way.

Maine’s own Senator Susan Collins kicked off the dinners on January 3rd. The surprise guest for the 53rd dinner will be Dustin Smiley. Some other guests have included school teachers, a Congressman, an Olympic gold medalist, players from the Boston Red Sox, famous authors, and R2-D2. In just one year’s time, while the Smiley boys will have missed their father at birthday parties, baseball games, and school plays, they also will have gained a community, a unique education, and 52 mentors.

Sarah’s eponymous weekly columns, which often mention Dinner with the Smileys, reach more than 2 million people across the country. Her updates, photos, and videos are regularly shared by 4 million people through the U.S. Navy’s official blog.

The announcement of the new book was made by Executive Editor of Hyperion, Kerri Kolen. Of the pre-empt, Kolen said, “The concept of dinner with the Smileys is fun and unique but the takeaway has been so unexpected in that the Smiley boys have learned such profound lessons from their guests. This book shows us that a community of family, friends, and neighbors is still very much part of the American lifestyle.”

Kolen acquired North American and audio rights from Cheryl Pientka of Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.

Editors, please note: A photograph of the author is available upon request.

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ABC FAMILY’S AWARD-WINNING HIT SERIES “SWITCHED AT BIRTH”
RETURNS WITH ALL NEW EPISODES
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 AT 8:00PM ET/PT AND

THE SWITCHED AT BIRTH BOOK AVAILABLE TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
REVEALS INSIDE STORY BY CHARACTER, KATHRYN KENNISH

Season Kicks Off with All Day Marathon starting at 7:00AM ET/PT

Burbank, CA (July 10, 2012) – ABC Family’s award-winning hit drama series, “Switched at Birth,” will return with all new episodes beginning Monday, September 3 at 8:00PM ET/PT. In advance of the premiere, Hyperion will release a Switched at Birth book (available at online retailers on August 28) divulging the contents of a memoir authored by the character Kathryn Kennish (played by Lea Thompson) in the series.

In addition, the network will air a special “Switched at Birth” marathon (13 episodes) on Monday, September 3, from 7:00AM – 8:00PM ET/PT, leading up to the season 1C premiere. “Switched at Birth” is a family drama that explores blended families and deaf culture, with an array of deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, and includes scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language. “Switched at Birth” launched as the network’s #1 series debut of all time in Total Viewers, Adults 18-34, Women 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49, and overall, ranked as the #1 new cable series of Summer 2011 across its core female demos.

The Switched at Birth book by Kathryn Kennish (played by Lea Thompson) is the inside story of the “Switched at Birth” family as only a mother could tell it. In her memoir, Kathryn reveals the surprising and intimate layers of her story—from the private details of the switched-at-birth revelation to all that occurs in its aftermath, including Regina and Daphne’s move into the Kennish household. In the wake of this immense shift, secrets and previously unexamined issues from Kathryn’s and her family’s past surface as they are forced to reexamine everything they assumed about what makes a family a family. The book, like the show, touches on themes that any family who has ever felt different or “not normal” will recognize and appreciate.

Currently nominated for an Imagen Award and a Television Critics Association Award, “Switched at Birth” has been honored with AFTRA’s (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) American Scene “Crystal” Award®”, the Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award and a Gracie Award.

“Switched at Birth” is executive-produced by Lizzy Weiss (“Blue Crush”), Paul Stupin (“Make It or Break It”), Becky Hartman Edwards (“Parenthood”) and John Ziffren (“Melissa & Joey,” “Make It or Break It”). The series also stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez; Vanessa Marano (“Gilmore Girls”) as Bay Kennish; Constance Marie (“George Lopez”) as Regina Vasquez; D.W. Moffett (“Friday Night Lights”) as John Kennish; Lea Thompson (“Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”) as Kathryn Kennish; Lucas Grabeel (“High School Musical”) as Toby Kennish; and Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe, along with guest stars Gilles Marini (“Dancing with the Stars”) and Marlee Matlin (“The West Wing”).

Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy® Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features, from rich, fan-centric programming – including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network’s hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.

Book cover art and show press materials available on www.abcfamilymedianet.com

Official ABC Family “Switched at Birth” website: http://abcfamily.go.com/shows/switched-at-birth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/switchedatbirth

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ABCFsab

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HYPERION TO PUBLISH TWO NOVELS
BY ACTRESS AND TELEVISION HOST ALISON SWEENEY

New York City, June 28, 2012 – Hyperion today announced plans to publish two novels by The Biggest Loser host and Days of our Lives star Alison Sweeney.  The first of the two novels will publish in May 2013 and the second in May 2014. In the same vein as Emily Giffin and Sophie Kinsella, Sweeney’s novels will feature relatable heroines and page-turning escapades.

Entitled THE STAR ATTRACTION, the first novel is a charming, commercial romp about a Hollywood publicist, Sophie, caught in a love triangle. Sophie has a dream life with a fabulous job and boyfriend, Jacob—the kind and handsome investment banker she has been dating for years. Though Sophie is constantly fighting back work enemies clawing their way to the top, it seems that she is juggling it all quite fine. That is until she scores the firm’s most important actor client and every woman’s dream—Billy Fox, Hollywood’s newest male lead. When he tries to woo her, things get very messy. Will she surrender to temptation? And will it cost Sophie her relationship and her career?

THE STAR ATTRACTION takes us on a wild ride through one woman’s daytime soap come to life and her struggles to balance work, love, and life in the big city.  Sweeney weaves in a true insider’s behind-the-scenes tour of Hollywood, a world she knows all too well and one she vividly brings to life for readers.

The announcement was made by Senior Editor of Hyperion Christine Pride. Of the deal, Pride says, “This is an incredibly fun project. I know readers are going to fall in love with the main character, Sophie Atwater, and find this to be the perfect summer reader next year.”

Sweeney says, “Throughout my acting career, writers have created riveting stories for my character but now I’ve had the chance to weave my stories and those of my friends into the fictitious character of Sophie and watch her go on a wild ride in search of life’s balance of work and home and her search for true love.”

Sweeney just wrapped her tenth consecutive season hosting NBC’s mega hit reality series, The Biggest Loser and has also starred for almost 20 consecutive years as the award-winning Sami Brady on NBC’s hit daytime drama, Days of our Lives. She is the author of The Mommy Diet, which was published in January 2011 and All the Days of My Life (So Far), which was published in July 2005 and has a well-trafficked website (www.alisonsweeney.com).

Pride negotiated the deal with Matthew Elblonk of DeFiore and Company.  Hyperion retains first serial and audio rights.

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.

Editors, please note: A photograph of the author is available upon request.

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HYPERION TO PUBLISH INSIDER NAVY SEAL ACCOUNT BY
TRAINING COMMANDER RORKE DENVER

Memoir Reveals How SEALs Become Modern Warriors and Redefine Today’s Battlefield
Actor Starred in Hit Film Act of Valor

New York City, June 20, 2012 – Hyperion today announced plans to publish a new book by Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver and Newsday columnist Ellis Henican. The book, titled DAMN FEW: The Making Of A SEAL Warrior, is scheduled for publication in January 2013 with major publicity support.

Lieutenant Commander Denver has led hundreds of assault missions in Iraq and has run every phase of SEAL training, basic and advanced, including advanced sniping, hand-to-hand fighting, and communications, over the past four years. He became the public face of the SEALs when he was chosen to star in the 2012 film Act of Valor, a #1 box office hit based in part on his own SEAL adventures and made with unprecedented cooperation from the U.S. Navy.

In DAMN FEW, the SEAL commander traces his journey from competitive high-school athlete to lethal assault-team leader. Drawing on his own SEAL experiences as a recruit, a platoon leader and a training officer, Denver will write about what it takes to become the nation’s most elite warrior and how they’ve evolved into America’s best protectors in the post-9/11 world.

The announcement of the new book was made by Elisabeth Dyssegaard, Editor in Chief of Hyperion. Of the deal, Dyssegaard said, “As America’s SEAL-maker, Rorke Denver understands intimately how these elite warriors are selected, trained, and  motivated—and how they are forever changing the way America fights its wars.”

“Everyone knows how tough SEAL training is,” said Denver, who is stepping aside from active duty to write and promote DAMN FEW. “But very few people understand the powerful methods and psychology that can turn raw recruits into deadly commandos.”

Dyssegaard negotiated the deal with Peter McGuigan of Foundry Literary + Media. Hyperion retains North American rights.

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.

Editors, please note: A photograph of the author is available upon request.

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HYPERION TO PUBLISH THE ROLLING STONES’ OFFICIAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY GIFT BOOK, CURATED BY THE ROLLING STONES

“This is our story of fifty fantastic years. We started out as a blues band playing the clubs
and more recently we’ve filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that
none of us could have imagined all those years ago. Curated by us, it features the very best
photographs and ephemera from and beyond our archives.”
Mick, Keith, Charlie & Ronnie

New York City, March 2, 2012 – Hyperion today announced plans to publish the only official and authorized book curated by the Rolling Stones to commemorate the band’s 50th anniversary. To be published internationally with their full support, and featuring previously unseen photography and ephemera—as well as new text from the band—The Rolling Stones: 50 by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will be a truly groundbreaking and memorable photographic autobiography to celebrate fifty years of the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world. The Hyperion edition of the book is scheduled for release in the United States and Canada in Fall 2012.

The Rolling Stones: 50 is the official book to celebrate the Stones’ fifty years since their first appearance at the Marquee Club in London’s Oxford Street on Thursday, July 12, 1962. In the intervening years the Stones have performed live in front of more people than any band in history. They’ve had #1 singles and albums in every country with a popular music chart and have helped define popular culture.

Written and personally curated by the band members themselves, The Rolling Stones: 50 draws on a wealth of rare and unseen material including unique access to the extensive archive of London’s Daily Mirror. In anticipation of the anniversary, the Mirror revisited its archives—the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography—to look for photographs taken of the Rolling Stones from fifty years ago to their most recent performances. The range and quality of the images so impressed the Mirror and then the Stones themselves that both parties realized they had the material for a very special book on their hands. Much of the never-before-seen material includes commissioned photography from legendary photographers of the band*, originally collected ephemera, and some of the rarest items of memorabilia in the world. As well as the superb photography, the book recounts the band’s fifty-year history in a way that’s never been done before, telling their legendary story through their own words accompanied by images specially selected by the band. In addition, Charlie Watts, an art school graduate, has overseen the design.

The announcement of the new book was made by Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion. Of the deal, Archer said, “An anniversary such as this calls for an amazing book. Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie have been hard at work—approaching the book’s content from every conceivable angle—to make it so. We’re thrilled to publish this incredible project for fans in the United States and Canada.” Gretchen Young, Executive Editor, negotiated the deal with Thames & Hudson. Hyperion retains North American and eBook rights.

This remarkable book is the band’s thank you to their fans all over the world. Its publication will be part of a year-long worldwide celebration of the rock ‘n’ roll royalty that the Rolling Stones have become.

The book’s cover is a collaboration between the art directors Stephen Kennedy and Jimmy Tilley at Studio Fury (who have already worked extensively with the Stones), and image-maker Ian Wright, whose career has spanned four decades and has included acclaimed work for The Face and the New Musical Express as well as Issey Miyake, Givenchy, Mike Tyson, Björk, Ian Brown, Pete Townshend, Tony Bennett and many others.

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit  hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.

* The photographers include Gered Mankowitz, Jean-Marie Périer, Dezo Hoffman, Michael Cooper, Terry O’Neill, Bent Rej and Philip Townsend—the photographer for their first ever shoot.

Editors, please note: A photograph of the Rolling Stones is available upon request.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HYPERION TO PUBLISH THREE ORIGINAL EBOOKS IN BESTSELLING
NOVELIST RICHARD CASTLE’S ACCLAIMED DERRICK STORM SERIES

New York City, February 20, 2012 – Hyperion today announced plans to publish three original eBook novellas by renown mystery writer Richard Castle, marking a return to his internationally bestselling and award-winning Derrick Storm series. The first eBook, titled A Brewing Storm, will be published in May 2012 and will bring the former CIA operative out of retirement. The as-yet-untitled second and third Derrick Storm eBooks are scheduled for release in July and August respectively.

Castle, whose eponymous hit television show “Castle” airs on ABC Monday nights at 10 PM, is also the author most recently of the bestselling Nikki Heat novels, based on his ride-alongs with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett with whom he solves crimes and trades barbs. The latest thriller, Heat Rises, debuted at #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestsellers list in October 2011.

Mr. Castle said of the eBook deal, “While consulting with the NYPD on a recent case, I was inspired to re-examine the circumstances around the death of my beloved character Derrick Storm. It turns out, there was much more to the story than met the eye. I’m excited to be working with Hyperion to bring Derrick Storm fans a brand new adventure of mystery, action and intrigue.”

The announcement of the new eBooks was made by Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion. Of the deal, Archer said, “Acquiring new stories in Richard Castle’s Derrick Storm series is a proud moment for all of us at Hyperion. We are honored to partner with Mr. Castle in bringing his popular character Derrick Storm back to life, and introducing him to a new digital audience.”

Gretchen Young, VP Editorial Director for ABC Synergy, negotiated the deal. Young is Richard Castle’s longtime editor of the Nikki Heat series. Hyperion retains World and eBook rights.

“Castle” premiered on ABC in March of 2009, featuring bestselling mystery novelist Richard Castle. In that debut season, the charming and charismatic Castle, (portrayed by actor Nathan Fillion) was paired for research ride-alongs with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (portrayed by actress Stana Katic), and with her found the inspiration for his fictional detective Nikki Heat, the intriguing main character of his next series. During the second season, Castle opted for a three-book deal to continue the Nikki Heat series over an offer to write three books in a not-to-be-named internationally bestselling spy series. The third season ended with a cliffhanger, which is reflected in Heat Rises. One thing is for sure—the smoldering chemistry between Beckett and Castle continues to sizzle in the precinct throughout the fourth season. Richard Castle currently lives in Manhattan with his daughter and mother, both of whom infuse his life with humor and inspiration. Follow Richard Castle via Twitter at www.twitter.com/WriteRCastle.

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.

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HYPERION SIGNS MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR DEVAL
PATRICK TO UNIQUE USER-GENERATED TWO-BOOK DEAL

Original Low-Priced eBook Exclusive for Release in May 2012;
Book Two, to Be Shaped by Americans, for Release in 2014

New York City, February 2, 2012 – Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion, today announced plans for a unique deal to publish two nonfiction books by Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The first title will be an eBook exclusive—with no print book companion—priced at $2.99 to connect with a broad and diverse readership. This written work will become the launching point for social media interaction with readers that will contribute to the second book. Offering a fresh twist on the time-honored tradition of political pamphlets, the eBook exclusive represents a strategic expansion of Governor Patrick’s core vision, building on his already established social media platforms to engage in conversation with readers in new and creative ways perfectly suited to the modern digital age. Titled FAITH IN THE DREAM: A Call to Our Nation’s Liberal Majority to Restore American Values, will be a short inspirational call to action for all Americans and an antidote to our current climate of cynicism and disillusionment. Governor Patrick reminds us about the importance of the American dream, a cornerstone of our history and prosperity that, to many people today, seems up for grabs. He explains how we arrived at this precarious crossroads, and how we must continue to believe in, defend, and uphold the American dream. Scheduled for a May publication to lead into the 2012 national election season, the tone and reflections will mirror the themes Governor Patrick will be discussing as he makes public and media appearances in support of President Obama and the Democratic Party in 2012.

“While traditional books by political figures are a publishing staple during election cycles, releasing an electronic exclusive opens up a whole new space—the digital frontier—and allows us to spread the Governor’s visionary message far and wide in ways that were never before possible. With its affordable price point, and technology-friendly format, we expect this eBook will achieve a broad grassroots reach and create a unique user experience,” said Ellen Archer. “Governor Patrick is a forward-thinking leader and we’re honored to partner with him on this unique publication.”

“I’m excited to collaborate with Ellen Archer and her innovative team.” Governor Patrick said. “Together, we can expand on a new vision for America, in conversation with concerned voters. I want to hear from the American people about their faith in the American dream and promise.” Governor Patrick is the first African American governor in Massachusetts and only the second in the history of our country. In the campaign for his election, and for his reelection, the Governor traveled to scores of communities to meet with people in their living rooms, workplaces, schoolrooms, and places of worship—and made innovative use of the web to connect with an extensive and richly diverse cross-section of voters young and old.

Building on the Governor’s growing nationwide movement for conviction-based politics, the author’s second (currently untitled) work for publication by Hyperion in 2014, will be released simultaneously in both print and eBook formats. As readers of the first original eBook, FAITH IN THE DREAM, respond to the author’s ideas and share their own stories not just of pursuing the American Dream themselves but of helping other people do so, too, this second book will allow the author to cultivate a wide-reaching national conversation about the fundamental beliefs and values—and the inspiring collective acts of courage and grace—that make America and its citizens the envy of the world. Governor Patrick joins Hyperion’s pantheon of civic leaders and public individuals that includes Congressman John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, and Caroline Kennedy (whose most recent Hyperion release was selected Best Enhanced Book of the Year by Apple’s iBookstore as part of Rewind 2011).

Senior Editor Christine Pride negotiated the deal with Todd Shuster of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and will edit the books. Pride worked with the Governor on his first book, A Reason to Believe which was published in April 2011. Hyperion retains North American, first serial, audio, and eBook rights.
Governor Patrick is donating a portion of the proceeds from this work to A Better Chance, a nationwide organization dedicated to opening the doors to greater educational opportunities for young people of color.

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.

Editors, please note: A photo of Governor Deval Patrick is available upon request.

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Hyperion’s JACQUELINE KENNEDY: HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS
ON LIFE WITH JOHN F. KENNEDY has been selected
Best Enhanced Book of the Year
by Apple’s iBookstore as part of Rewind 2011


NEW YORK, NY – (December 13, 2011) – Hyperion Books’ bestselling and ground-breaking enhanced eBook, JACQUELINE KENNEDY: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, Interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 1964, has just been named the “Best Enhanced Book of the Year” by Apple’s iBookstore as part of Rewind 2011.  A one-of-a-kind multi-media project that gives readers personal access to intimate conversations between the recently widowed Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., JACQUELINE KENNEDY: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy incorporates audio, video, photography and text to take readers inside the Kennedy White House, exploring family life, state visits, and major historical events.

Ellen Archer, president and publisher of Hyperion, said, “With source material as intimate as these audiotaped conversations, Hyperion needed to re-imagine the eBook to give the audience the sensory experience of being close to Jacqueline Kennedy at her most vulnerable and revealing. For the first time ever, the technology is available to relay the full experience. Text and pictures by themselves simply would not do the project justice.” In his review of the project in The Atlantic, publishing veteran Peter Osnos praised it and commented that “the success of the Kennedy book has set a meaningful bar for bestsellers in the enhanced format.”

A companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling print book, JACQUELINE KENNEDY: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy eBook brings what would normally be considered bonus material—audio and video— to the fore, which required an innovative approach. In putting the eBook together, the eight and a half hours of digitally re-mastered audio recordings became the organizing principle. The goal was to create one product that bridged all the multimedia assets into a remarkable reading experience with minimal download time. In close collaboration with Caroline Kennedy, seven video selections were culled from nearly twenty hours of archival footage to open each conversation chapter. These video selections offer chronological accompaniment and contextualization to the subsequent conversations, setting the scene for Mrs. Kennedy’s interviews and enhancing the audio experience. Each chapter opens with a video, followed by the audio, text transcript, and photographs, followed by annotations at the end of the book. For a video demonstration of this unique eBook, click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSkbtjxzOXY.

ABOUT HYPERION:
Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice, ABC Daytime Press, and Hyperion eBooks and Audio imprints.  Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company.


Hyperion & Disney
NEW YORK TIMES
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR AND FOOD NETWORK STAR
SANDRA LEE SIGNS MULTI-PLATFORM DEAL WITH HYPERION AND
DISNEY INTERACTIVE MEDIA GROUP (DIMG)

HYPERION ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED FIVE-BOOK DEAL TO PUBLISH
ACROSS GENRES —NON-FICTION, LIFESTYLE, AND FICTION

DIMG TO PRODUCE ORIGINAL FIFTEEN-EPISODE ONLINE VIDEO SERIES
FOR 2011 HOLIDAY SEASON

May 26, 2011 –Hyperion and Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) today announced signing best-selling author, Food Network star, and lifestyle expert Sandra Lee, along with her imprint, SL Books, to major contracts with their respective divisions. These complementary deals mark a strategic partnership across Disney/ABC business units that draw on each company’s promotional and marketing strengths. The projects will complement each other in tone, theme, and branding as they begin to launch in Fall 2011.

The sweeping five-book deal—comprising two cookbooks focusing on healthful, quick-scratch meals; an entertaining/lifestyle book; and two novels—is an unprecedented contract for Hyperion, both in volume and scope. The first two books will be published Fall 2011 in tandem with the re-launch of Food Network’s fifth season of Lee’s “Sandra’s Money Saving Meals” television show. Book one, Money-Saving Meals and Round-2 Recipes, which offers main-dish recipes and an additional “Round 2” recipe using the same base ingredient as the main dish, will release in October 2011. Book two, Easy Entertaining at Home, will release in November 2011. Books three and five, to be published in Summer 2012 and Summer 2013, mark Sandra Lee’s first foray into fiction. The novels will be loosely based on fictional food characters with a peppering of recipes to coincide with the characters throughout the book. Book four, the second cookbook entitled 365 Easy Family Meals, will release in 2012. Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion, acquired World rights.

“Sandra Lee is a creative force of nature,” said Archer. “We are thrilled to be publishing her cooking and entertainment books, and are looking forward to expanding her brand to fiction, adding a new genre to her impressive repertoire, and introducing her to a whole new audience.”

To help women create magical experiences at home this holiday season, DIMG will be working with Sandra Lee to develop a fifteen-episode original online video series, inspired by her upcoming books this Fall. Kicking off for Halloween and running throughout the winter holidays, the videos will feature simple and affordable solutions with dramatic results! The series will run across the Disney Online network of sites for moms and families, including DisneyFamily.com, FamilyFun.com, Kaboose.com, among others. Accompanying the videos online will be spectacular photo galleries and easy, step-by-step directions by Sandra Lee for celebrating any occasion.

“Sandra is an unstoppable talent,” said Margie Gilmore, Vice President, Online Originals for the Disney Interactive Media Group. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with her on this new digital initiative.”

Lee said, “I am so pleased to join both Hyperion and DIMG. It’s a dream come true to align with such smart divisions adept at co-branding and collaboration. It’s an ideal match for me.”

A multi-Emmy–nominated and internationally-acclaimed expert in all things kitchen and home, Sandra Lee has predicted and changed the trajectory of American lifestyle with her signature “smart and simple” philosophy. The only lifestyle/culinary talent with her own publishing imprint, SL Books, she is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three cookbooks and a critically-acclaimed memoir, Made from Scratch. Sandra has sold more than four million books since 2002 and has been awarded the prestigious International French Gourmand Award for “Best Easy Cookbook.” Her multi–Emmy–nominated Food Network program “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee” is now in its fifteenth season, and the fifth season of “Sandra Lee’s Money Saving Meals” is currently in production. Lee also hosts a series of primetime holiday specials, “Sandra Lee Celebrates” on HGTV, and is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine. Her shows are now seen in sixty-four countries.

Sandra attended the world’s leading culinary art institute, Le Cordon Bleu, and applies her philosophy and savvy shortcuts to gourmet recipes so that anyone can create and savor extraordinary food more conveniently and economically at home. Sandra’s philosophy grew out of necessity and the challenges she faced as the oldest of five children responsible for caring for her younger siblings and helping to manage the household on welfare and food stamps. She quickly learned how to turn budget-friendly foods into delicious and special meals for her siblings while stretching every dollar and savoring every moment.

ABOUT HYPERION: Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and non-fiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice, Hyperion eBook, and Hyperion Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit hyperionbooks.com.

ABOUT DIMG: Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) is one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality interactive entertainment across all current and emerging digital media platforms. Products and content released and operated by DIMG include blockbuster online virtual worlds, #1-ranked web destinations Disney.com and the Disney Family network of websites, mobile applications, and video games.  Disney Interactive Media Group is the interactive entertainment segment of the Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS).

ABOUT SANDRA LEE: Widely-respected for anticipating the needs of the modern homemaker and consumers, Sandra has launched several lines of home, garden, and craft products and produced a successful DIY home improvement series.  Her new home products line, entitled Sandra by Sandra Lee, will be available at Sears and Kmart in Spring 2012.  With a commitment to service and charity, Sandra works with numerous philanthropic organizations including UNICEF®, Share Our Strength® and Feeding America®.  For more information, visit www.SandraLee.com


HYPERION TO PUBLISH NOVEL BY PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING WRITER J.R. MOEHRINGER

March 28, 2011 – Hyperion today announced plans to publish a first novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling memoirist J.R. Moehringer. Not yet titled, the novel is a work of historical fiction based on the rollicking life of Willie Sutton, the most beloved bank robber in American history. Sutton, who robbed 100 banks between 1925 and 1950, making off with two million dollars, also broke out of three escape-proof prisons—all without firing a single shot. He might never have been caught for good, if not for Arnold Schuster, a young crime buff who, in 1952, spotted Sutton on a Brooklyn subway and alerted police.

Three weeks after Sutton’s arrest, Schuster was killed outside his house by an unknown gunman.

Moehringer’s novel draws on vast research, including long-lost files from the New York Police Department and the FBI, plus interviews with descendants of Sutton and Schuster, who have never before spoken to reporters. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2012.

“I’ve been fascinated by Sutton since I was a boy,” Moehringer said. “My grandfather used to talk with some amusement, and some awe, about Willie ‘The Actor,’ about his disguises, about his commitment to nonviolence. He was the Gandhi of gangsters. He was also a lover, a reader, a thinker, and a social critic ahead of his time: he detested banks. He thought bankers were the root cause of everything wrong with society. No wonder he became such a folk hero.”

The announcement of Moehringer’s debut novel was made by Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion. “We are thrilled to continue our publishing relationship with J.R., who is a superb writer,” Archer said of the deal. “Readers will love this suspenseful, funny, sad, and bawdy tale, enlivened by J.R.’s exhaustive and fascinating reportage—this is a story so wonderfully strange, it could only be true.” Archer negotiated the deal with Mort Janklow at Janklow & Nesbitt. Moehringer will reunite with freelance editor Peternelle van Arsdale, his editor on The Tender Bar, and Hyperion Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Dyssegaard will oversee the process. Hyperion retains North American and eBook rights.

A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Moehringer won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2000, while a national correspondent with the Los Angeles Times. Fresh off the critical and commercial success of The Tender Bar, last year Moehringer helped tennis champion Andre Agassi write his #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Open.

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and non-fiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice, and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints.  Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit hyperionbooks.com.


VOICE TO PUBLISH MEMOIR BY GOLDEN GLOBE AND
EMMY AWARD–WINNING ACTRESS JANE LYNCH

February 1, 2011 – Hyperion’s Voice imprint today announced plans to publish a new book by Golden Globe and Emmy Award–winning actress Jane Lynch, who plays one-liner powerhouse coach Sue Sylvester on the hit television musical series Glee.  The book, a funny and inspirational memoir titled HAPPY ACCIDENTS, is scheduled for publication in September 2011.   It will focus on Lynch’s career, from The Second City to Christopher Guest movies and Judd Apatow projects, and how getting sober and embracing her sexuality helped her find both personal and professional joy.

Jane Lynch said of the new book, “If I could go back in time and have a conversation with my 18-year-old self, the first thing I’d say is, ‘Lose the perm.’ Second, I would say, ‘Relax. Really—just relax. Don’t sweat it.’ For a long time, I was anxious and fearful that the parade would pass me by, and that someone or something outside myself had all the answers.  Having finally reached a happy place—a happy accidents place—I want to share my story with others, to let them know things aren’t as bad as they fear.”

The announcement of the new book was made by Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion.  Of the deal, Archer said, “We are delighted to be publishing Jane Lynch’s memoir and showcasing her humor and honesty.  We’ve all been fans of her career for many years, from Best in Show to her red-hot star turn on Glee.”

Editorial Director Barbara Jones acquired the memoir at auction, negotiating the deal with Mel Berger at William Morris Endeavor.  Jill Schwartzman will edit the book.  Hyperion retains North American, nonexclusive open market, audio, eBook, and first serial rights.

Jane Lynch has appeared in many films and television shows, including the Golden Globe and SAG Award–winning FOX television series Glee.  She has won a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, a People’s Choice Award, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress, two back-to-back Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG award nomination.  Lynch can also be seen in the upcoming film Paul.

VOICE, an imprint of Hyperion Books, was founded in 2006.  It is the only major book imprint with a mission to publish books exclusively by and about women.  VOICE’s titles include a rich variety of fiction and nonfiction, publishing bestsellers including The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, Perfection by Julie Metz, and The Feminine Mistake by Leslie Bennetts, and upcoming books by Caroline Kennedy, Sarah Brokaw, Caitlin Shetterly, and Isabel Gillies.  Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit www.everywomansvoice.com.

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