My very first publishing decision was by far my easiest. If this operation is to thrive, it will be due to the leading role OPUS Executive VP Kay Radtke has played vigorously from the start. Simply put, Radtke is one of the best repositories of publishing wisdom in the industry.
Kay and I are joined by Greg Collins for his wise editorial expertise and Pat Gold, Director for Special Projects, contributes her analysis about new opportunities in media and the arts.
Behind every successful publisher is a dynamic and steadfast distributor. I credit the creative support of Larry Morton, John Cerullo, and their team at Hal Leonard (including Mike Hansen and Marybeth Keating) as the single critical factor in my decision to return to the publishing swim. Quite frankly, if Hal and its sales team had not embraced me, you would not be holding this catalog today. My faith in Hal Leonard is not based on spin; it is based on experience in a tough game with long odds.
One of the chief joys of this venture is that everybody around me is a valued friend.
Founder & CEO
GLENN YOUNG, founder of APPLAUSE BOOKS, edited and published Michael Caine, Stephen Sondheim, William Goldman, Paddy Chayefsky, John Houseman,Arthur Gelb, Mel Gussow, Terry Gilliam, Stella Adler, Graham Greene, John Gielgud, James Cameron, Bruce Joel Rubin, John Cleese, Oliver Stone, Herb Gardner, Al Hirschfeld, and Michael Blakemore among many others. He commissioned and published the first ever edition of Shakespeare’s First Folio in modern type. He also founded THE WORKING ARTS LIBRARY with programs starring Jeremy Irons, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Helen Hunt, Claire Danes, Cicely Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Blythe Danner, and Jonathan Miller.
Executive Vice President
KAY RADTKE was executive vice president and associate publisher of Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, and prior to that senior vice president and associate publisher of Dodd, Mead. She has handled the publicity campaigns for books by Agatha Christie, Arthur Ashe, Barbara Michaels, Michael Caine, Terry Gilliam,Edward Gorey, Jean Shepherd, Stephen Sondheim and William Goldman, among others. She is a past president of the Publishers Publicity Association and has served on the Executive Council of the Association of American Publishers, General Trade Division. She also is co-founder and co-director of the University of Michigan Introduction to Book Publishing Workshop.