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PAST WINNERS 2019


Andrew Sharp 


2018


Karine Marko The Quarto Group


2017


Kate Hibbert Little, Brown


2016


Michele Young Pan Macmillan


2015


Rachel Mills PFD


RIGHTS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR REBECCA FOLLAND


THE SHORTLIST


WINNER Rebecca Folland HACHETTE UK


Krystyna Kujawinska ORION


Michela Pea NOSY CROW


Penguin Random  Rights Team PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CHILDRENS


Stephanie Purcell SIMON & SCHUSTER


Eve Roberts MACMILLAN CHILDRENS BOOKS


Anna Shora PAN MACMILLAN


Liane-Louise Smith MADELEINE MILBURN LITERARY, TV & FILM AGENCY


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n barely a year at Hachette, Rebecca Folland has transformed her four divisions—Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray Press, Quercus and Headline—


into a formidable international rights operation. Her changes have pushed rights to the core


of the divisions, making them a key element of decision-making in acquisitions and publish- ing processes. Her overhaul has also seen the divisions push harder to secure global rights, with the confidence that they will be able to exploit them to their full potential. Results in 2019 justified that ambition. Folland and her team of eight sealed nearly 2,000 deals and an increase in turnover of a third, with standout achievements including 21 deals for Holly Miller’s The Sight of You, multiple contracts on proposals from authors including Elaine Fox and Noreena Hertz, and many translations for the Fortnite brand licence. Coedition business was


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just as impressive, doubling its contribution year on year thanks to projects such as Ben Brooks’ Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different. Folland is admired by overseas publishers for


her deep understanding of local markets; and by agents, with whom she has a close affinity after 12 years at Janklow & Nesbit. “Rebecca is terrific to deal with—responsive, authorita- tive, flexible and everything you need from a rights professional,” said one agent. “She brings intelligence, energy, initiative, enthusiasm and camaraderie to the negotiating table—a joy to work with,” added a scout. Judges lauded her impact at Hachette, where


she is now spreading her influence by taking on a role co-ordinating rights teams and strategies across the group. “Rebecca and her team are putting rights at the heart of publishing,” they said. “She’s a real force for rights; an outstanding leader who has made a remarkable impact.”


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