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Qwhat an irony of destiny! While Arnaud Lagardère was compelled to relinquish the presidency of Hachette on account of his indictment for “abuse of social good”, the one he dismissed in 2021 from the third largest publishing group on this planet, Arnaud Nourry, is his return to the world of publishing, as talked about Point a number of weeks in the past. CEO of Hachette from 2003 to 2021, he was thanked by the son of Jean-Luc Lagardère when he was negotiating the merger of Lagardère, Hachette's guardian firm, with Vincent Bolloré and his Vivendi group. His non-competition clause negotiated upon his departure has simply ended.

Another irony of destiny, the primary feat of arms of Arnaud Nourry's publishing group, referred to as Les Nouveaux Éditeurs, lies in a global partnership with the American large Simon & Schuster, a bunch which had made Arnaud Lagardère salivate however had escaped him . The French firm, which should reveal the identify of its distributor within the coming days – Editis, Gallimard or Média-Participations? –, has a proper of first look to adapt Simon & Schuster bestsellers in France.

At 63, Arnaud Nourry made use of his good relations with Jonathan Karp, former supervisor of the American subsidiary of Hachette (Hachette Book), now boss of Simon & Schuster. “We are joining what promises to be a publishing company with a promising future,” explains the latter.

A publishing Mediawan?

For now, Les Nouveaux Éditeurs, which has workplaces on rue Séguier, in 6e district of Paris, and goals to be “free and innovative”, is a holding firm. It hopes, like Mediawan in audiovisual manufacturing, to carry collectively new publishing homes by taking a stake of their capital in alternate for the supply of help features (human and monetary assets, diffusion-distribution, and many others.).

In addition to Arnaud Nourry, the corporate's capital contains the funding banker Erik Maris, the French tech entrepreneur Stéphane Distinguin, the previous program director of Canal+ and France Télévisions Emmanuelle Guilbart, the tape writer drawn by Olivier Sulpice and Ronald Blunden, former communications director of Hachette Livre. Absent from this record are Jacques Glénat, 72, and Vincent Montagne, proprietor of Média-Participations (Seuil, Dupuis, Dargaud, and many others.), whose names have been talked about as doable supporters of the mission.
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The architect of Hachette's formidable worldwide growth, Arnaud Nourry hopes to draw publishers sad with the key maneuvers underway within the publishing sector. Two to 4 writer recruitments are anticipated within the group by the top of the yr. It may specifically journey on a wave of exits of publishers from Hachette, sad with the takeover by Vivendi and Vincent Bolloré – as illustrated by the appointment of Lise Boëll at Fayard – or on actions inside Editis, now owned by Daniel Kretinsky's CMI group.