2016 CEO Talk to feature Massimo Turchetta, CEO of Rizzoli Libri, and Claude de Saint Vincent, CEO of Média-Participations on Thursday, October 20, at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Thursday CEO Talk at the Frankfurt Book Fair will focus on two European editorial power houses that each stand for key strategies in the current transformation of the international business of books. Rizzoli Libri is the new brand created by Mondadori as the home of their recently acquired RCS Libri, making the Milan based group the by far predominant publishing enterprise in the Italian language. Média-Participations is the largest publisher of comic books in Europe with ca. 1000 new titles per year (of which 600 are “bandes dessinées”, or comics) and sales of ca. 25 million volumes (of which 15 million comic books) per year, plus a leader in the exploitation of cross-media rights.

The debate will be presented by Livres Hebdo (France), with Bookdao (China), The Bookseller (United Kingdom), buchreport (Germany), PublishNews (Brazil), Publishers Weekly (USA), and the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club. Moderated by Rüdiger Wischenbart, the discussion will feature the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2016.

Thursday, October 19, 2015, from 14:00 to 15:00

Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 4.2, Room Dimension, Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club.

Massimo Turchetta is Director of Rizzoli Libri Trade within the Mondadori Publishing Group. Through his career in the book trade he has been working in all areas of the market: from traditional trade books to university textbooks, to illustrated titles, to partworks and fiction magazines. He has been i. a. editorial director of the Mondadori paperback division Oscar, publisher of the Mondadori fiction magazines, editorial director at Grjalbo, editorial director at Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, general manager at Mondadori Libri and general manager at RCS Libri Trade.

Claude de Saint Vincent, CEO at Média-Participations, made his reputation as « the man who helped comics to get out of their cage” (Le Monde), by widening the scope of publishing the “7th art” beyond books, to games, online distribution (with the specialized platform Iznéo), and audiovisual productions. At annual revenues of € 340 million, and a staff of 1100, the group is the leading European player in one of the most dynamic segments of publishing in Europe.

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