The Bookseller – News – Ann-Janine Murtagh leaves HarperCollins Children’s Books


Ann-Janine Murtagh of HarperCollins Children’s Books is stepping down as executive editor “to hand over” and “start a whole new chapter” in her career.

Murtagh will leave on the 15thand April. She joined HarperCollins in 2007 as an editor, having held senior publishing positions at Random House, Penguin Children’s Books and Hachette Children’s Books. She was appointed executive editor in 2011.

HarperCollins today paid tribute to Murtagh’s leadership, which has seen HarperCollins Children’s Books publish ‘some of the UK’s best-selling children’s titles and record record growth in revenue and profit’.

The company said: “She has worked closely with publishing legends Judith Kerr and Michael Bond, as well as many of today’s most celebrated contemporary children’s writers, including Michael Morpurgo, Lauren Child , Quentin Blake and Oliver Jeffers. She is responsible for launching David Walliams, David Baddiel and Joe Wicks into the world of children’s books and recently signed a major global deal to publish Idris Elba’s first children’s books”.

In 2015, she co-produced Mog’s Christmas Calamity as part of a television advertising partnership with Sainsbury’s, raising £1.6 million for Save the Children’s literacy campaign. Under his leadership, HarperCollins Children’s Books won Children’s Publisher of the Year three times (in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively) and published titles that reached over 70 weeks (non-consecutive) at first. rank of the total consumer market and reached the top of the ranking. children’s records for over 200 weeks.

In 2020, she won an International Emmy Award as Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed TV adaptation of “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” screened by Channel 4 and co-produced by Lupus Films and HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Murtagh said: “It has been a truly wonderful journey that has taken HarperCollins Children’s Books on its incredible journey of growth – and every day has been exhilarating and exciting. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most iconic names in children’s publishing and peerless colleagues. But it’s absolutely the right time for me to pass on the baton and start a whole new chapter in my career. “I am extremely grateful to Charlie [Redmayne, HarperCollins c.e.o.] for her confidence in me during my time at HarperCollins and I appreciate her continued support as I embark on my next adventures. I leave behind the most fantastic team and many of the most favorite authors writing for children today. I will miss them all dearly, but I know they will thrive and continue to publish the best children’s books.

Redmayne added, “Ann-Janine is a visionary children’s editor, and she has made an immense contribution to HarperCollins. Her incredible intelligence, boundless drive, and joy in publishing her authors and their books have transformed HarperCollins Children’s Books into the extremely successful and dynamic business it is today. She was a fantastic colleague and she will be greatly missed. I wish her well in her new endeavors and know that she will always be a friend to HarperCollins.


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