Penguin Random House welcomes two new hires to Ladybird Licensing team

The firm has tapped former Egmont execs Lou Grosart and Ned Hartley to the children's arm.
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Penguin Random House UK Children’s has made two new appointments to its Ladybird Licensing publishing team.

The firm has appointed Lou Grosart to cover publisher Leanne Gill’s maternity leave as she takes up the role of editorial director, Ladybird Licensing.

Grosart previously held the role of senior commissioning editor at Egmont Publishing. She will now head up Ladybird’s Peppa Pig publishing list as well as leading on new licensing acquisitions for 0 to seven year olds.

Grosart will report into Ladybird Publishing Director, Shannon Cullen.

Meanwhile, Ned Hartley joined the firm in November as commissioning editor. Hartley, previously Outsourcing Editor at Egmont Publishing, will look after Ladybird’s Nickelodeon publishing as well as several upcoming launches and will report into Lou Grosart.

Cullen said: “I am delighted to have Louise Grosart and Ned Hartley joining the Ladybird Licensing team. We already have some exciting new brands to announce over the coming months, I can’t wait to see what Lou and Ned acquire.”

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