DreamWorks Animation Launches Publishing Unit To Promote Its Characters

Up to now the studio licensed books based on its characters to different publishers with Simon & Schuster serving as the master licensee. DreamWorks Animation But now it’s taking charge with DreamWorks Press, described as “an in-house operation which will publish … Read More »

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Shonda Rhimes Inks Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 12:49pm PST

Shonda Rhimes will write a “part memoir, part inspiration, part prescription” book about navigating her family life with three daughters and a red-hot career, which includes creating Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal. Publication is … Read More »

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Shane Salerno’s JD Salinger Biography Eyes Global Windfall

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: It took Shane Salerno eight years and $2 million of his own cash to make his JD Salinger documentary and book. It’s paid off quickly: The Weinstein Company landed worldwide rights to the movie and will … Read More »

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News Corp’s HarperCollins And CBS’ Simon & Schuster In Merger Talks: WSJ

By | Tuesday November 20, 2012 @ 3:05pm PST

The News Corp publishing unit has expressed interest in acquiring CBS Corp‘s Simon & Schuster book unit, according to the Wall Street Journal. If true, the overture comes less than a month after News Corp reportedlyRead More »

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Chuck Lorre Signs Vanity Card Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 10:23am PDT

Chuck Lorre’s TV vanity cards are coming to a bookstore near you. Simon & Schuster announced today that the executive producer of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly has signed a … Read More »

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Apple E-Book Price-Fixing Trial Date Set

By | Saturday June 23, 2012 @ 11:38am PDT

The federal judge in the e-book price-fixing case against Apple and book publishers who haven’t settled out of court has set a trial date of June 3, 2013, Bloomberg reports. Of the five publishers … Read More »

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Will Feds Challenge Apple And Publishers’ E-Book Pricing Arrangement?

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 12:11pm PST

Apple AntitrustIt could be a fascinating anti-trust case according the details reported by The Wall Street Journal. The paper says that the Justice Department is gearing up to sue Apple and five top publishers — Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins — for conspiring to fix e-book prices around 2010 when the tech company introduced its iPad. The group allegedly wanted to end Amazon’s practice of selling e-books for a deeply discounted $9.99, part of the company’s strategy to promote sales of its Kindle e-readers. Hoping to loosen Amazon’s grip on the market, and help its new iPad, Apple encouraged publishers to stop selling books wholesale — which enabled retailers to set the selling price– and to adopt a so-called “agency model.” That empowers publishers to set the sales price, and pay retailers a fee of about 30%. The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that he told publishers “the customer pays a little more, but that’s what you want any way.” He added that Read More »

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Simon & Schuster Shifts Pub Date Of ‘Savages’ Prequel To Coincide With Film Release

By | Wednesday February 29, 2012 @ 4:06pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Simon & Schuster has moved the publication date of the Don Winslow novel The Kings Of Cool from fall to June 26. The move was made to bring the book closer to the launch of Savages, the Oliver Stone-directed … Read More »

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Simon & Schuster To Coincide Don Winslow Prequel Novel Bow With Release Of Oliver Stone-Directed ‘Savages’

By | Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 10:07am PST
Mike Fleming

New York, NY, January 4, 2012: Simon and Schuster announced today that Don Winslow’s The Kings of Cool, the much-anticipated prequel to his New York Times bestseller Savages will be published to coincide with the release of Academy Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone’s major film of Savages from Universal Pictures in September 2012. Savages stars Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, John Carter, Battleship), Blake Lively (Gossip Girl, The Town), Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Aaron Johnson (Anna Karenina), two-time Oscar nominee John Travolta, Oscar nominee Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch (Milk), Mia Maestro (Twilight) and Oscar nominee Salma Hayek. The screenplay is written by Shane Salerno & Don Winslow & Oliver Stone.

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CBS Chief Les Moonves Says Ad Sales Should Stay Strong Into 2012

By | Wednesday September 14, 2011 @ 1:26pm PDT

CBS chief Les Moonves joined the chorus of media execs telling analysts today that they aren’t feeling any pain from the anemic economy. “We don’t see a slowdown,” he told the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference. Ad pricing in the TV scatter market is strong, he says. Also, “people who bought (ads) in the upfront are increasing their orders.”  Even radio and billboards are holding up. Indeed, Moonves expects the television network to be “very much in demand in the first quarter. Our schedule is very strong. The other guys have a lot of new shows. I know we’re the boring network, but we’re the stable network and we just win.” Stations also will benefit from what he says will be a record level of spending for the 2012 elections. “It may not be good for the country, but it’s going to b good for CBS.” Read More »

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Don Winslow To Write Prequel To ‘Savages’ As Oliver Stone Ramps Up Production

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Simon & Schuster has made a deal for Don Winslow to write a prequel novel to Savages, his bestseller that forms the basis of the film that Oliver Stone will begin shooting for Universal Pictures July 6, with Taylor … Read More »

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Emily Bestler Gets Atria Books Imprint

By | Tuesday February 8, 2011 @ 7:43am PST
Mike Fleming

At the Simon & Schuster division Atria Books, Emily Bestler has been promoted to editor and chief and senior vice president, and she has gotten her own imprint–Emily Bestler Books–which will debut this spring. She has been with S&S for … Read More »

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Reveille & Jack Black To Turn A.J. Jacobs’ Book ‘My Life As An Experiment’ Into Sitcom

Nellie Andreeva

MyLifeasanExperimentJacketEXCLUSIVE: Reveille and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods. have optioned the TV rights to journalist/author A.J. Jacobs’ best-selling non-fiction book My Life As An Experiment for a potential half-hour comedy series. This marks one of the first projects under Black’s two-year … Read More »

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