Titan has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Signum Books, the new independent imprint set up by Marcus Hearn, formerly a founding partner of Reynolds & Hearn.

It is planned that the new imprint will publish approximately six books a year, selected and commissioned by Hearn, primarily in the areas of classic film, television and music. The books will be edited by Hearn but will come from a number of different authors.

Hearn’s association with Titan dates back some 15 years, having authored the hugely successful The Hammer Story and Hammer Glamour, as well as the upcoming The Art of Hammer and The Avengers: A Celebration – 50 Years of a Television Classic, which will be published under the main Titan imprint in late October 2010.

Nick Landau, Managing Director of Titan Books, says, “We are delighted that Marcus has chosen us as the home for his exciting new imprint. His passion for his projects and his commitment to editorial excellence is well-known in the industry. We very much look forward to working with him on the books he will be selecting.”

Marcus Hearn says, “I have always enjoyed a great working relationship with Titan, both as an author and as an in-house editor in the late 1990s. We’re on the same wavelength with our traditional subjects and our future direction. I predict a very happy collaboration.”