04 April 2018

W.F.Howes Builds State-of-the-Art Recording Facility and Expands Management Team

Leicester, UK 4th April 2018W.F.Howes Ltd, an RBmedia company, today announced the installation of state-of-the-art audiobook facilities at its Leicestershire offices. The new facilities will enable W.F.Howes to expand its annual audiobook output to meet the rapid growth in audiobook demand.

The company has hired 15 year veteran of film and audiobook production Lauren Fox as the Studio Manager.  Following her University degree in Performing Arts from Hertforshire University, Fox co-founded FoxYason Music Productions, which supplied and composed music for films, television and radio. In 2002, FoxYason Music Productions began producing audiobooks for Hachette UK, and in 2008 Fox became the first female engineer to record audiobooks for Big Finish Productions. 

“I’m thrilled to be joining W.F.Howes to use my experience and passion for audiobook production and to continue building on W.F.Howes’ track record of high quality audiobook production,” Fox commented. “We’ve created a state-of-the-art facility and a really brilliant team to bring out the best in our books for authors and listeners.” 

The editorial acquisitions team has been restructured with Senior Acquisitions Editor Jodie Coles promoted to UK Acquisitions Manager. Coles joined W.F.Howes in 2011 as a rights assistant. Her acquisitions include titles by bestselling authors Lucinda Riley and B. A. Paris, and Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith, recently shortlisted for the British Book Awards Audiobook of the Year. 

“I'm excited to be taking on this role given the explosive growth of audiobooks,” Coles said. “We have a world-class list of titles and I’m looking forward to expanding our relationships with authors, agents and publishers.”

Laura Smith has been promoted to Senior Acquisitions Editor. Smith joined the company in 2010 as a rights assistant and has acquired titles including international bestseller Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Tony Parsons’ Max Wolf series. 

The studio and editorial teams will report to Dominic White, Head of Publishing and Commerce. 

“Lauren and Jodie bring a wealth of experience and energy to the publishing team,” White commented. “I’m confident they will help lead and drive the business as it pursues even more ambitious plans.” 

The onsite studios will open and begin production on 30th April.


About W.F.Howes

W.F.Howes Ltd, an RBmedia company, is the UK’s leading audiobook, digital services and large print publisher, releasing around 76 new unabridged audiobooks every month under several imprints. The publisher’s digital arm provides eAudiobook, eBook and digital magazine lending to the library market through the RBdigital platform, alongside several other platforms specialising in same-day newspapers, adult learning and language tutorial programs. For more information, visit www.wfhowes.co.uk or email info@wfhowes.co.uk.

About RBmedia

RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers—at home, in the car and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers the finest digital content—including audiobooks, streaming video, educational courses, entertainment titles and much more. Headquartered in Landover, Maryland, RBmedia comprises an ever-expanding group of the best brands in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. Find out more at www.rbmediaglobal.com.


For further information, please contact:

Email: abbie.harding@wfhowes.co.uk 
Tel: 01664 423000
Twitter: @wfhowes 

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