TV Vet Sharkey Moves To HarperCollins

By Brian 

HarperCollins has hired a former morning show producer to “spearhead acquisitions of celebrity- and personality-driven books, filling a void left by celeb publisher Judith Regan,” Variety reports.

Lisa Sharkey, “a 27-year television veteran,” was a senior producer for GMA before she became president of Al Roker Prods. “Her main job will be to peruse the headlines with the eye of a morning show producer, finding stories with cultural significance that can be quickly turned into trade books.”

“Speaking of her time at “GMA,” Sharkey said, ‘My job was to identify what was hot, identify how to get it done quickly and better than anyone else’ — a job remarkably similar to the one she’s taking up at HarperCollins…”