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The nonfiction niche: Children’s nonfiction 

7 October 2013

Children’s and YA fiction gets the bulk of the attention when it comes to media coverage, awards and events. So why is children’s nonfiction considered the ‘ugly stepsister’ of children’s...

Busuttil promoted at Parragon, Ashmore dismissed 

11 February 2013

Darren Busuttil has replaced Ian Ashmore as managing director of Parragon Publishing Australasia. Busuttil, who was previously sales and marketing manager for Parragon in Australia and New Zealand, was appointed...

Staff changes at Parragon 

11 February 2013

At Parragon Publishing Australasia, sales and marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand Darren Busuttil has replaced Ian Ashmore as managing director. Heath McAveney has joined the publisher in the...

Parragon signs joint venture in China 

15 June 2010

Parragon Publishing has signed a joint venture agreement with two Chinese publishers to start a new Chinese publishing company that will produce and distribute local-language titles throughout China. Parragon owns 50% of the...

Parragon buys Funtastic 

25 February 2008

International publisher Parragon has acquired the publishing division of Funtastic. Fourteen Funtastic publishing staffers have been made redundant, with the remaining 12 due to move to Parragon’s South Yarra office next...

Parragon launches local list 

11 February 2008

One of the world's biggest licensing publishers is getting set to enter  the Australian market with 30 books based on the children's TV show, Hi-5. Self-described ‘supermarket specialists', Parragon Publishing...

Parragon sets up in Australia 

28 November 2006

International publisher Parragon has announced the opening of its Australasian business, based in Melbourne and headed by Ian Ashmore. Ashmore, who formerly headed the publishing division of Funtastic, has been...