Stéphanie Simonin is the Sales and Marketing Director at Bayard Jeunesse Audio, a division of Bayard Group, a prominent French media company with a strong presence in children’s media. Bayard Group boasts an impressive portfolio, including magazines enjoyed by 10 million readers each month, the publication of 800 new children’s titles annually, engaging digital content, and captivating TV animations. Stéphanie’s journey with Bayard spans 20 years, during which she has played a significant part in various aspects of the company’s growth, including marketing, licensing, brand management, and business development in both print and digital domains. She is now happily dedicated to playing a role in shaping Bayard Audio’s success story.

Pietro Biancardi worked for the publishing house Il Saggiatore and was a consultant for several other imprints before joining in 2009 Iperborea, an independent publishing house founded in 1987 by his mother Emilia Lodigiani and specialized in Northern European literature. Since 2014, when he became the publisher, Iperborea launched I Miniborei, a series of childrens’ literature, The Passengermagazine, Cose Spiegate Bene magazine, L’Integrale magazine, the series of international narrative non-fiction I Corvi, and the non-fiction imprint Altrecose, in collaboration with Il Post, the festival of Nordic culture I Boreali. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Libreria Verso, a bookshop and bar, and co-founder of the restaurant Trattoria della Gloria, both in Milan. 

Marco Ferrario is a pioneer in the digital publishing industry in Italy, with a broad international network and vision. He was the founder of Bookrepublic in Italy in 2009, after 16 years spent at Mondadori in charge of the new media department and of some book imprints. Over the years, Bookrepublic became a leading player in the ebook and audiobook distribution, an independent ebook store in the Italian market and an agency managing the global digital communication for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In 2017, in addition to Bookrepublic, Marco also joined Storytel as country manager developing the local audio business from scratch and getting in charge of other markets including Germany and France in 2022 before leaving the company in April 2024. Presently, he is Director for Bookwire in Italy, after the German international digital distributor decided to enter the Italian market through the acquisition the distribution business of Bookrepublic. Besides this, he is now CEO of Narae, a new venture in partnership with Mondadori to expand the webnovels market in Europe through the upcoming launch of an app to access, purchase and read this type of content on everyone’s smartphones.

Ed Nawotka is the senior international and bookselling editor of New York trade magazine Publishers Weekly;. A widely published essayist and critic, his work has appeared in publications across the world, from the New York Times and New Yorker, to Die Zeit, and The South China Morning Post. He was the cofounder of international trade web site Publishing Perspectives, a culture columnist and book critic for Bloomberg News, and has more than two decades experience reporting on global business and media. He lives in Houston, Texas. You can read an archive of his work at https://authory.com/EdNawotka.

Born 1960, working for Weltbild GmbH since 2020 as Head of Category Management Media. Weltbild is one of the TOP 5 Booksellers in Germany, mainly focused on a D2C-strategy with a multi-channel strategy: from a monthly Catalogue over shops and a digital platform.

Previously Director Education at Elsevier; Head of Marketing at Piper, before that in a similar position at the Penguin Random House publishing group and Ullstein Heyne List. Career start

1988 at Callwey Verlag and before that at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich as a research assistant on the book studies program.

I have seen so many ideas, how content should be and what is the best way to reach book readers. All these models have failed since the internet appeared and new competitors entered the state of producing and selling books. Some people think, that the marketplace “Text” is losing against “Picture” and “Audio”. I don´t think they are right; I still believe in the power of storytelling, in reading and in the future of stories. That is why my motto is: We tell ourselves stories in order to live (Joan Didion).

Voluntary work: since 1999 Chairman of the working group Munich book show, 2015 to 2021 Honorary Chairman of the Association of German Publishers and Booksellers in Bavaria. Member of the Board of the Munich NS Documentation Center Association

Samuel Petit is the co-founder of ComixSuite, a comic book translation software based on artificial intelligence (AI), acquired by De Marque in 2023.

He is deputy director of the SAIL Common Laboratory at the University of La Rochelle, which for the past 10 years has been developing AI for the analysis of images from comics/manga/webtoon, the basis of ComixSuite.

He previously ran a digital comics platform (iOS, Android, Web) and initiated the creation of the BD, Comics and Manga Working Group at the EDRLab, which led to the emergence of the «DiViNa» standard for all types of visual storytelling.

He is a former editor of comics and art books.

Giorgia Russo, a millennial class 1992, has been involved in online book promotion for the last ten years, focusing particularly on social media. She started her journey in 2014 as a book influencer, an experience that brought her to join the Feltrinelli Group as Social Media Manager and Community Specialist in 2018.

Over the past six years, she has also collaborated with Scuola per Librai Umberto ed Elisabetta Mauri (UEM) actively participating in the training of booksellers in social media marketing.

Nowadays she is founding her own media agency for writers and creatives called Confujo Social Media.

 

Mariana Féged
General Manager Spanish Markets, France and EMEA en Bookwire.

Mariana supervisa las actividades de Bookwire en Europa (excluyendo Alemania) y en América Latina. Desde esta posición, gestiona un catálogo de cerca de medio millón de eBooks y más de 100 mil audiolibros, pertenecientes a editoriales de la talla de Bloomsbury, Editis, Faber & Faber, Grupo Planeta y  Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, entre muchos otros.

En los últimos 20 años, la trayectoria profesional de Mariana ha estado centrada en el desarrollo de negocios digitales, particularmente en el ámbito Editorial. Ha sido responsable del área Digital y de Marketing de Círculo de Lectores y directora de Innovación de Arvato, dentro del grupo Bertelsmann, donde trabajó más de 13 años.

Ed Nawotka is the senior international and bookselling editor of New York trade magazine Publishers Weekly;. A widely published essayist and critic, his work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, USA Today, and scores more publications n the U.S. and abroad. He was the cofounder of international trade web site Publishing Perspectives, a culture columnist and book critic for Bloomberg News, and has more than two decades experience reporting on global business and media. He lives in Houston, Texas. You can read an archive of his published work at https://authory.com/EdNawotka.

Eva Orúe (Zaragoza, 1962) is director of the Madrid Book Fair. A journalist, she has worked in press, radio and television, and has been part of all kinds of projects, from magazines to news programs. For 10 years, she was a correspondent in the United Kingdom, France, Russia and, again, France. After returning to Spain, she co-founded and co-directed Ingenio de Divertinajes, a communications and content agency; all this, without ceasing to collaborate in political debates on both radio and television. She is the author of several books, the latest, “In the Trans-Siberian (Reino de Cordelia), in collaboration with Sara Gutiérrez.

 

Fotografía de: Isabel Infantes