August 26, 2003 |
Fox News dropped its trademark infringement lawsuit against Al Franken and his publisher, Penguin Group, that aimed to stop sales of the liberal satirist's new book but instead turned it into a top seller. Indeed, Penguin's Dutton unit said that because of heavy demand for the book it has orders to print 510,000 copies of "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" as of Monday, up from the original 270,000.
August 20, 2003 |
Oral arguments have been scheduled for Friday for the Fox News Channel's lawsuit against humorist Al Franken. Last week, Fox sued the former "Saturday Night Live" performer and his publisher, the Penguin Group, to stop them from including "fair and balanced" in the title of his upcoming book. The trademark infringement lawsuit seeks to force Penguin to rename "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right." It also asks for unspecified damages.
August 6, 1996
There's one less Michael at Disney. Michael Lynton, president of Walt Disney Co.'s Hollywood Pictures unit for two years, will return to the New York publishing business as chairman and chief executive of book giant Penguin Group. Lynton's departure, which was expected, comes amid a sweeping reorganization of Disney's film operation, in which Hollywood Pictures will no longer be involved in the production of films as part of a long-term plan to trim the number of Disney live-action releases.
May 12, 2006 |
Is James Frey's "My Friend Leonard," the sequel to his discredited "A Million Little Pieces," fact or fiction? In an author's note in the paperback edition, which has just come out, Frey says it's some of both. "To call this book pure nonfiction would be inaccurate," the author writes. "It is a combination of fact and fiction, real and imagined events."
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December 17, 2005 |
Leona Nevler, 79, a book editor who helped a first novel called "Peyton Place" make its way into print in 1956, died Dec. 10 of a pulmonary embolism after surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, said her daughter, Ellen J. Silberman. At her death, Nevler was an editor at Berkley Books, an imprint of the Penguin Group. For much of her career, she was an executive at Fawcett Books. A native of Lynn, Mass., Nevler earned a bachelor's in English from Boston University in 1947.
August 15, 2011 |
"Yellowstone on Skis" is one of the programs now taking winter registrations , through the nonprofit Yellowstone Assn. Institute . . . . As part of a Yankees-Angels package Sept. 9-10, the Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort is offering a brunch with bottomless bloody marys . . . . Maybe you'll never own an island, but you can rent one. Travel Marketing Solutions is pitching an island in the Bahamas. The damage? About $4,375 per person for a five-night stay . . . . Four colonies of honeybees arrived at the InterContinental New York Barclay this week to service its rooftop herb and fruit garden....Free time?
January 6, 2000 |
America Online Inc. named Michael Lynton, who launched the staid publisher of Penguin classic books into the "dot-com" world, to lead its expansion efforts in competitive overseas markets. Lynton was named president of AOL International, which operates online properties in seven languages, to replace Jack Davies, who stepped aside as chief of the unit in November but will continue to serve as a senior advisor.
April 7, 2004 |
A publisher has canceled plans to reissue a racy novel by Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, after she said the book did not represent "her best work." New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was going to reprint "Sisters," a historical romance published in 1981 that includes brothels, attempted rapes and a lesbian love affair.
October 21, 2005 |
Major book publishers have quietly begun selling directly to customers over the Internet, a move that could transform the trade by putting them in competition with online retailers such as Amazon.com. The publishers, including Simon & Schuster Inc., Random House Inc. and Penguin Group, say they have limited retail ambitions and are simply trying to use their websites to help readers.