One other industry veteran is establishing a brand new firm: Kuo-Yu Liang, previously of ReedPop, Diamond and Random Home, has launched Ku Worldwide, a brand new international pop-culture publishing consultancy geared toward serving to firms “become profitable, get monetary savings and save time.”
Liang is a very long time Pal of the Beat and we are able to inform you that he has informally been on this place for fairly some time. And given his background in every thing from occasions to publishing – he launched Diamond’s e book distribution arm, Diamond Ebook Distributors – he has plenty of data to share.
In keeping with the PR:
‘’After 30+ years on this business which have given me a lot, I wished to take my ardour and experience and companion with firms to assist them develop and develop new enterprise,’’ mentioned Kuo-Yu Liang, founder, Ku Worldwide. “In a nutshell, I may help firms become profitable, get monetary savings, and save time.”
Kuo-Yu started his publishing business profession as a gross sales rep for Ballantine Books, a division of Random Home, working his approach as much as Affiliate Writer at Del Rey. Among the many authors Kuo-Yu revealed had been Terry Brooks, Anne McCaffrey, Philip Pullman, R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien. In his place as Director of Licensing and Enterprise Growth, Kuo-Yu acquired licenses to publish unique IP for Star Wars, Halo, Main League Baseball, and Peanuts.. Enjoyable truth: whereas working at Random Home Kuo-Yu met with Jeff Bezos to debate a brand new web bookstore Jeff was constructing referred to as Amazon.com.
Kuo-Yu joined Diamond Comics in 2003 to launch a brand new division referred to as Diamond Ebook Distributors. As VP Gross sales, Advertising and marketing and Enterprise Growth, Kuo-Yu constructed a brand new enterprise from the bottom as much as distribute books, collectibles, comics, video games, graphic novels and manga into bookstores, ecommerce, libraries and faculties, Kuo-Yu launching a global division with groups in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, and the UK with prospects in 71 nations. In 2006 Kuo-Yu launched the Diamond Youngsters Group to develop a brand new marketplace for middle-grade and younger grownup graphic novels. Enjoyable truth: whereas working at Diamond, Kuo-Yu met with Greg Topalian at Reed Exhibitions to debate the thought of launching a brand new shopper occasion that turned New York Comedian Con.
In 2018 Kuo-Yu joined ReedPOP, a division of Reed Exhibitions, as International Director, Enterprise Growth. On this function Kuo-Yu labored with a portfolio of occasions together with BookExpo, Comedian Con Africa, Comedian Con Seoul, Emerald Metropolis Comedian Con, MCM, PAX West and Singapore Comedian Con. When COVID-19 devastated the occasion business in 2020, Kuo-Yu added International Director of Gross sales to his function and led the crew to transition to promoting digital media for the ReedPOP digital portfolio of internet sites together with Dicebreaker, Eurogamer, Nintendo Life and Rock Paper Shotgun.
Kuo-Yu (he/him) is a board member on the non-profit Ebook Business Charitable Basis, and is an advisor to Shelf Consciousness and The Sharjah Worldwide Ebook Truthful. Kuo-Yu is a previous advisory member to the Bertelsmann Synergy Board, Lucasfilm Licensing and ReedPOP International Technique Group.
Kuo-Yu is an immigrant from Taiwan, the place his mom was a film star. He now lives in Seattle along with his spouse, the romance novelist and Amazon Ebook Overview senior editor Adrian Liang, his daughter and cosplayer Mia, a canine named Cashew and cats Chowder, Mochi and Tonks.
These seeking to rent Liang’s experience can contact him at [email protected]