Rights: Selling, Buying and Managing International Rights
A Session Covering Different Markets and their Unique Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Kris Kliemann (Rights Consultant/IPR License)
Ziv Lewis (Foreign Rights and Acquisitions Manager, Kinneret Zmora Dvir, Israel)
Anne Solange Noble (Foreign Rights Director, Gallimard, France)
Elena Ramirez (Director International Fiction Planeta Group/ Director Seix-Barral, Spain)
Clare Alexander (Chairman, Aitken Alexander Associates, UK)
Kris Kliemann is the President of Kliemann & Company LLC, where she advises companies on strategic approaches to licensing rights, permissions and other copyright and intellectual property. Her current clients include IPR License, an online platform for the discovery and license of book rights. Prior to forming her own consulting firm, Kris was Vice President, Director of Global Rights, with Wiley Inc. and worked in a variety of publisher positions: from Random House/Fodor’s Travel to Hyperion/Disney, to Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She’s passionate about Licensing as an important source of income and promotion for books and takes every chance she can to talk about this often-overlooked area of publishing.
Ziv Lewis is head of scouting, acquisitions and foreign rights at Kinneret Zmora – Israel’s largest trade publishing house. Previously he was an agent in Tel Aviv for twenty years.
Anne Solange Noble
Anne-Solange Noble is the Foreign Rights Director of independent French publisher GALLIMARD since 1992, was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She studied Latin-American Literature at McGill University and International Relations at “Sciences Po” (Institute of Political Studies) in Paris. She is passionate about “otherness” and building bridges, which helped her find the perfect job: convincing fellow-publishers abroad to publish in translation Gallimard’s wide range of French authors, including Nobel-Prize winners Patrick Modiano and JMG Le Clézio, but also best-selling novelists such as Muriel Barbery, David Foenkinos or Leïla Slimani. She has been a faithful attendee of the JIBF since 1989 and received the “Friend of Jerusalem” Award in 2005.
Elena Ramírez was born in Madrid. She studied Philosophy and received her master’s in Publishing from Stanford University. She worked as a freelance writer for several magazines before she joining Alfaguara as an editorial assistant in 1994. She worked in different departments before moving to coordinate the International Department of two different divisions in the Santillana Group. In 2000 she moved to Barcelona to work as Executive Editor in Seix Barral, the literary imprint of the Planeta Group. Since 2013 she is also the Director of the International Fiction Department of Planeta, in charge of the international fiction of the imprints Planeta, Espasa, Destino, Martinez Roca and Seix Barral. photo: Sonia Fraga
Clare Alexander became a literary agent in 1998 after more than 20 years as a publisher, latterly as Publisher of Viking and Hamish Hamilton and Editor-in-chief of Macmillan. In 1995, she was the editor of the winners of the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize and the Whitbread prize for Fiction, the first editor to achieve this hat trick. She currently heads Aitken Alexander Associates, a major literary agency based in London.
She was a member of the board of the Orange Prize from 1998 to 2017 and was named Orion Publishing Group Literary Agent of the Year in 2007 as well as awarded the 2008 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize.