Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Ruth Pomerance, long a fixture in New York circles for sleuthing out film-worthy books for studios to option, has crossed over to the other side of that game. She’s been appointed by Hyperion editor in chief Elisabeth Dyssegaard to become senior editor, starting January 28. At Disney-owned Hyperion, Pomerance will focus on the acquisition and development of new stories and author talent. She’s not leaving her background behind, though; her focus will be properties that can translate across the Disney/ABC Television Group businesses.

Pomerance has 30 years of experience, working for the likes of Scott Rudin, Arnold Kopelson, Fred Zollo, and John Davis. This was back when studios paid big bucks for books, and the competition to get there first was intense. She also pushed authors like Caleb Carr and Adriana Trigiani when they were undiscovered, matching them with their agent Suzanne Gluck, and helped John Grisham find a publisher and film deal at Paramount for The Firm. She has also held posts at The Rockwell Group, USA Films, Artists Management Group, and WMA. Most recently, Pomerance served as exec producer of the movie adaptation of the Judy Blume novel Tiger Eyes, and was consultant to companies including Image Entertainment.

“Her Hollywood experience and relationships as well as her editorial skills will take our publishing program to a whole new level,” Dyssegaard said in a statement. “Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious and we know she’ll find great projects that will work not only for the printed page but also for a wide range of screens.”