Maurice Richard Robinson Jr.
May 15, 1937
|Died||June 5, 2021 84) (aged|
|Education|| Harvard College |
St Catharine's College, Cambridge
|Occupation||Chief executive, educator|
Helen V. Benham
(m. 1986;div. 2003)
Maurice Richard Robinson Jr. (May 15, 1937 – June 5, 2021) was an American business executive and educator. From 1975 until his death in 2021, Robinson was the chief executive officer of Scholastic Corporation, a publishing company founded by his father Maurice Robinson. Robinson was noted for bringing many book franchises towards younger readers such as Harry Potter and Captain Underpants .
Robinson was born in 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Florence née Liddell and Maurice R. Robinson.He was raised in Manhattan. He was educated at Harvard College and later at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, in England, and at Columbia University to be a high school teacher.
He began his career as a high school English teacher in Evanston, Illinois.In the mid-1960s, he began working at Scholastic Corporation.
In 1971, Robinson became a board member of Scholastic.In 1974, he became President of Scholastic and CEO a year later. He was elected to the position of chairman of the board in 1982.
During his tenure as Scholastic CEO, he oversaw the company's financial struggles and successes.He saw the company's success of the Harry Potter series and battled censors of Harry Potter, Captain Underpants and Alex Gino’s George as inappropriate for younger readers. The New York Times credits Robinson for making it possible for the Harry Potter and The Hunger Games novel franchises to reach the American public.
Robinson's tenure also oversaw an overhaul of historic changes, whether the rise of digital media or the increased emphasis on diversity and scrutiny of the past.In 2016, Scholastic and Robinson faced controversy over the publication of a picture story titled A Birthday Cake for George Washington , which depicted one of Washington's slaves. The book was pulled by Scholastic after widespread criticism.
In response to his goal for Scholastic to be informed of the changing culture, Robinson said "We are dealing with issues like global warming, racial inequality in a way that doesn’t polarize the issue but gives points of views on both sides and is a balanced neutral position but not in a sense of being bland".
Robinson was divorced from Helen V. Benham, who worked at Scholastic as a cultural director.They had two children. They were married from 1986 until 2003. He lived in New York City and owned a condo in Greenwich Village until 2016. He stated that James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was a personal favorite and inspiration during his tenure as Scholastic CEO.
He died on June 5, 2021 while on vacation at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, aged 84.The cause was said to be either a stroke or a heart attack.
Robinson received an honorary National Book Award for his contributions to the literary community.PEN America noted him for his contributions to free expression in literature and publishing.
Joanne Rowling, better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author, philanthropist, film producer, television producer, and screenwriter. She is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series, which has won multiple awards and sold more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history. The books are the basis of a popular film series, over which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and was a producer on the final films. She also writes crime fiction under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. The first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut novel, it follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday, when he receives a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry makes close friends and a few enemies during his first year at the school, and with the help of his friends, he faces an attempted comeback by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents, but failed to kill Harry when he was just 15 months old.
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor, best known for playing Harry Potter in the Harry Potter film series. Born and raised in London, Radcliffe made his acting debut at age ten in the BBC One television film David Copperfield (1999), followed by his feature film debut in The Tailor of Panama (2001). The same year, he starred in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Over the subsequent ten years, he played the titular role in seven sequels, culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). During this period, Radcliffe became one of the world's highest-paid actors, gained worldwide fame, popularity, and critical acclaim, and received many accolades for his performances in the series.
Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint is an English actor. He rose to fame for his role as Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series. Grint was cast as Ron at age eleven, having previously acted only in school plays and at his local theatre group. From 2001 to 2011, he starred in all eight Harry Potter films.
Captain Underpants is an illustrated children's novel series by American author and illustrator Dav Pilkey. The series revolves around two fourth-graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, living in Piqua, Ohio, and Captain Underpants, an aptly named superhero from one of the boys' homemade comic books, who accidentally becomes real when George and Harold hypnotize their cruel, bossy, and ill-tempered principal, Mr. Krupp. Soon after, Mr. Krupp gains superpowers by drinking alien juices in the third book.
David Murray Pilkey Jr. is an American cartoonist with ADHD., author and illustrator of children's literature. He is best known as the author and illustrator of the children's book series Captain Underpants, and the children's graphic novel series Dog Man.
Paul Henry O'Neill served as the 72nd United States Secretary of the Treasury for part of President George W. Bush's first term, from January 2001 to December 2002. He was fired in December 2002 for his public disagreement with the administration. Prior to his term as Secretary of the Treasury, O'Neill was chairman and CEO of industrial giant Alcoa and chairman of the RAND Corporation.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and is the third in the Harry Potter series. The book follows Harry Potter, a young wizard, in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Along with friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry investigates Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner from Azkaban, the wizard prison, believed to be one of Lord Voldemort's old allies.
Scholastic Corporation is an American multinational publishing, education and media company that publishes and distributes comics, books and educational materials for schools, parents and children. Products are distributed through retail and online sales and through schools via reading clubs and fairs.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and the seventh and final novel of the Harry Potter series. It was released on 21 July 2007 in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury Publishing, in the United States by Scholastic, and in Canada by Raincoast Books. The novel chronicles the events directly following Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005) and the final confrontation between the wizards Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.
Richard L. "Jake" Siewert Jr. is an American political advisor serving as the head of corporate communications for investment bank Goldman Sachs. He served as the last White House Press Secretary of the Clinton administration and later in the Treasury department during the Obama Administration.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a fantasy novel written by British author J.K. Rowling and the sixth and penultimate novel in the Harry Potter series. Set during Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts, the novel explores the past of the boy wizard's nemesis, Lord Voldemort, and Harry's preparations for the final battle against Voldemort alongside his headmaster and mentor Albus Dumbledore.
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic and subjugate all wizards and Muggles.
Ross Levinsohn is an American media executive who has worked in media and technology. He is the CEO of Maven and Sports Illustrated, and has held senior roles at Yahoo, Fox Interactive and Tribune Publishing, including a brief tenure as publisher of the Los Angeles Times. He became the CEO of Sports Illustrated in October 2019, and added the title of CEO of Maven in August 2020.
Lego Harry Potter is a Lego theme based on the films of the Harry Potter series. It is licensed from Warner Bros.. Lego models of important scenes, vehicles and characters were made for the first six films and all the books released. The first sets appeared in 2001, to coincide with the release of the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Subsequent sets were released alongside the new films, until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The line then went dormant for three years, with sets being released in 2010 and 2011. In 2018, it was announced that more sets based on the Harry Potter franchise would be released, including new sets based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
The Christopher Little Literary Agency is a firm of literary agents based in London. Its clients have included Darren Shan, A. J. Quinnell, Pip Vaughan Hughes, Philip Kazan, Pippa Mattinson, Cathy Hopkins, Robert Mawson, Robert Radcliffe, General Sir Mike Jackson, Wladyslaw Szpilman and Janet Gleeson. Christopher Little, who ran the agency, also managed Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling from 1995 until 2011 and has been credited with single-handedly managing Rowling's career and turning the Harry Potter franchise into a multi-million pound industry. He has been described as "the luckiest agent ever" who was half of "the most commercially successful relationship in literary history".
Since first coming to wide notice in the late 1990s, the Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling has been the subject of a number of legal disputes. Rowling, her various publishers and Time Warner, the owner of the rights to the Harry Potter films, have taken numerous legal actions to protect their copyrights, and also have fielded accusations of copyright theft themselves. The worldwide popularity of the Harry Potter series has led to the appearance of a number of locally-produced, unauthorised sequels and other derivative works, leading to efforts to ban or contain them. While these legal proceedings have countered a number of cases of outright piracy, other attempts have targeted not-for-profit endeavours and have been criticised.
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future is a graphic novel by Dav Pilkey, the second spin-off of the Captain Underpants series. The book is credited to Captain Underpants characters "George Beard" as the author and "Harold Hutchins" as the illustrator.
Richard E. Oldenburg was director of the Museum of Modern Art from 1972 to 1995.
The Wizarding World is a fantasy media franchise and shared fictional universe centred on a series of films, based on the Harry Potter novel series by J. K. Rowling. The films have been in production since 2000, and in that time ten films have been produced—eight are adaptations of the Harry Potter novels and two are part of the Fantastic Beasts series, with more films already slated to come out in the coming years. The films are owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and three more are in various stages of production. The series has collectively grossed over $9.2 billion at the global box office, making it the third-highest-grossing film franchise of all time.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Richard Robinson (chief executive) .|