Jamie McOuat runs her own strategic publishing consultancy, Rights Focus, specialising in growing publisher revenue via bespoke training in sales and marketing, rights and acquisition negotiations.
Having worked with contracts in creative industries her entire professional career, she has negotiated publishing rights for over 14 years. She began as Rights Director at Princeton University Press, and then moved to domestic licensing at John Wiley & Sons in the US during the pioneering era of digital licensing.
In 2000 she transferred to the UK to head up Wiley’s Global Rights department and formed digital teams to address the business, financial and pharmaceutical markets, as well as to cover globally published content for translation, serial, audio, film, merchandising and reprint rights. At Wiley-Blackwell, she performed due diligence in all major acquisitions for a decade.
Jamie has a Masters in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes, where she guest lectures in Publishing Principles and Practices, Publishing and Language, and Rights modules. She teaches for the Publishing Training Centre, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, and the Oxford Publishing Society, She has worked in business development for the Oxford Centre for International Publishing Studies and for Indian, US and UK firms but is still best known for having been George Clooney’s agent during her time in Hollywood.Courses conducted: