Former HarperCollins Executives Launch Digital Publishing Company

New company will distribute and market books electronically.

Last Updated: October 15, 2009 @ 6:10 PM

Jeffrey Sharp, the indie producer who formed a film shingle at HarperCollins two years ago, is launching a digital publishing company with former HarperCollins topper Jane Friedman.

In the process, he is transitioning his development efforts from his Sharp Independent at HarperCollins banner to the new company, Open Road Integrated Media.

Open Road has made a first-look deal with Kensington Publishing, which specializes in commercial fare, particularly in areas like gay and African-American literature.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.