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PA's PR 24th May 2017

PA's PR 24th May 2017

Since the last edition of PA's PR, our CEO Stephen Lotinga has spoken on how the academic book trade can show its value in an era of marketisation, Tim Hely Hutchinson has announced that he will retire as CEO of Hachette at the end of the year and the PA has attended BBC Learning's industry day. Meanwhile the PA has met with the UKIPO international team to discuss the work they are doing overseas, Steve Burgess from the World Bank has updated the PA's compliance group on its new procurement framework, Creative Access has become a social enterprise and the Publishers Licensing Society has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer. Also in this edition is news on entries for the Young Stationers' Prize , a discounted offer to members for the Children's Media Conference and information on the UK stand at the Guadalajara International Book Fair.


Academic books in era of marketisation
Our Chief Executive Stephen Lotinga spoke at the Academic Book Trade Conference last week, where he discussed how the sector could show its value in an era of marketisation. He said that at a time when higher education budgets are under pressure and students are demanding more for their fees, how money is spent is under more scrutiny than ever before, meaning the trade must be able to demonstrate the value textbooks and journals bring. He suggested that the answer is to acknowledge the changes that are happening, to provide a solution to the challenges being faced and to do a better job of telling people about what it is the book trade does and why it is of such value.

Hutchinson to retire from Hachette
Tim Hely Hutchinson has announced he will retire as CEO of Hachette UK at the end of the year, after holding the position since Hachette UK was founded in 2004. He will be replaced by David Shelley, who is currently CEO of Little Brown. We would like to thank Tim for all his support as he has always been close friend of the PA and has provided invaluable advise and counsel. Tim said: “I have always, since my early Macmillan days, loved being part of the publishing world because of its wonderful people and look forward to staying in touch with my author, agent and publishing friends and having time to enjoy my many outside interests with them.”

BBC Learning industry day
The PA attended BBC Learning's industry day this month for education publishers and distributors, where the BBC gave an update on its educational campaigns and formal learning materials. The BBC outlined the large scale education campaigns it will be running during 2017/18. These are: Terrific Scientific, Tomorrow's World, Digital Creativity and Mindset. On the formal education side, the BBC is now aiming its Bitesize textbooks more directly at learners and is linking the books more to the curriculum, focusing on creating more interactive primary content, specifically for English, Maths and Science. A link to the film and presentation can be found here.

IP attache meeting
The PA and some of our members met with the international team at the UK Intellectual Property Office, including its IP attaches, to discuss the work they do overseas on behalf of rights holders. This includes monitoring the legal and policy frameworks and providing valuable assistance on enforcement. The PA will be participating in the UKIPO's upcoming visit to China with Copyright Director Ros Lynch where we will meet with the Chinese authorities responsible for copyright law and attend a round table on enforcement with the e-commerce giant Alibaba.

World Bank meeting
Steve Burgess of the World Bank presented to the PA’s Compliance Group last week on anti-corruption. He walked the group through the Bank’s new Procurement Framework and Guidelines, which now allows countries to use their own framework, and how this will effect the procurement process for companies bidding for tenders. His advice to publishers was to take full advantage of the resources available online and through the World Bank Integrity app. His PowerPoint and a summary of his presentation are available to interested members. Please email Eliza Kavanagh if you would like to get a copy. 

Creative Access becomes a social enterprise
Creative Access has now become a not-for-profit social enterprise, after losing £2m of funding from the government. Creative Access said it was thrilled that many of its partners are continuing to work with the enterprise, including founding members Pan Macmillan and Hachette. The new structure will enable Creative Access to continue to recruit, train and support interns, and enable its partners to list their own roles on its website and access its database of over 35,000 young people. In addition Creative Access is running diversity training for employers and placing alumni with up to four year’s worth of experience in roles. Email the team for more information.

PLS appoints Chief Operating Officer
The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) haspromoted Tom West as its first ever Chief Operating Officer. The role has been created as PLS expands its provision of digital services to publishers, most recently the new PLS Permissions offering PLSclear. With 16 years under his belt at PLS, latterly as Head of Operations, Tom has been central to all developments at PLS in that time and has established himself as an invaluable member of the team. Tom is also a familiar face to many of the 3,620 publishers signed up to PLS and is respected for his helpful guidance on the intricacies of collective licensing.

Young Stationers' Prize
The Stationers' Company is calling for entries to its Young Stationers' Prize, which recognises achievements by those under 40 across publishing, printing, journalism and marketing. The prize was won last year by Ella Kahn and Bryony Woods of the Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. The prize will be awarded to a young person who has achieved great success in their career, made an outstanding contribution to the sector in which they are working or achieved success outside their immediate world of work in a way which is relevant to the Stationers' Company. More details and information on how to apply here. The deadline for entries is 22 June.

Children’s Media Conference 
This year’s Children Media Conference is offering all PA members a special discounted rate of £360 + VAT to attend the conference, equating to a saving of 24% on the ticket. The Sheffield-based conference will take place on 4-6 July 2017, and will welcome over 1,100 delegates from film, TV, radio, interactive media, games, licensing, toys, book and magazine publishing, the arts and culture sector and educational media. BAFTA award-winning comic duo Dick and Dom will be delivering the first ever Creative Keynote double-act about how to keep it fresh and to have fun. Please contact Gloria Bailey to get your discount code which you’ll need to register for this special offer.

Guadalajara International Book Fair 
The PA is organising a UK stand for the first five days of the Guadalajara International Book Fair (25 – 29 November 2017). This will provide companies who do not want to take their own stand or be off the floor in the Rights Centre with a place to display their titles and to hold meetings. The Department for International Trade (DIT) is offering qualifying SME’s grants of £2,500 to help with their stand costs. Last year the fair was attended by 20,473 Trade Professionals and 319 Rights Directors. The Guest of Honour at this year's fair will be Madrid. For more information about the stand please email Gloria Bailey.


The Virtual Conference: Publishing around the Globe, 1 June 2017, Online 

Books, Brexit & Brits: Creativity across continents, 2 June 2017, London

A Technical Introduction to ONIX & XML, 6 June 2017, London

Selling rights short course, 8 June 2017, London

An introduction to Colour Printing, 8 June 2017, Croydon

HEPI Annual Conference, 9 June 2017, London

Createch 2017, 13 June 2017, London

Introduction to Collective Licensing for STM & Academic publishers, 15 June 2017, London

Westminster Media Forum: The future for copyright and design rights policy, 22 June 2017, London

How to Survive & Thrive in the Digital Universe, 5 July 2017, London

PLS Annual Open Meeting, 6 July 2017, London

Introduction to Collective Licensing, 7 September 2017, Birmingham

ALPSP 10th Anniversary Conference & Awards, 13 -15 Sept 2017, Noordwijk

Publication ethics: fraud & misconduct, 8 October 2017, London