Peter Harris

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Director of the Penguin Development Group

Peter is the Director of the Penguin Development Group, an in-house team generating original ideas and opportunities for books and series to be published in imprints across the house, including young readers, mass market paperback and adult hardcover. The PDG is also currently and actively pitching all of these books in Hollywood, so that they can be developed commercially into feature films, original television series, as well as video games and on line entertainment. This new team seeks out undiscovered writing talent and offers them opportunities to submit written proposals for these homegrown intellectual properties, as well as offering opportunities for those who have been previously published to participate if attracted to the ideas. The overall goal is to organically launch new and exciting properties along with new careers, as well as reinvigorate some careers when it’s clear the authors would relish the opportunity.

Peter has worked on several novels that have gone on to become feature film blockbusters, including the TWILIGHT franchise as well as Nicholas Sparks’ DEAR JOHN while working at Temple Hill Entertainment as their Vice President. He also has experience selling books to Hollywood prior to publication, such as setting up the FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB book proposal at Universal Pictures before the book was bought by the Penguin Group and went on to become a publishing phenomenon. He found the book proposal for the 2008 non-fiction media hit, DEWEY: THE SMALL-TOWN LIBRARY CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD, attached Meryl Streep, and set up the adaptation at New Line Cinema. He’s also previously developed book proposals that went on to become publishing hits, such as Gitty Daneshvari ongoing SCHOOL OF FEAR series at Little Brown Young Readers.