August 22, 1995
Random House Inc. of New York said Monday that it has established a new division, Random House Entertainment in Newport Beach, to create children's properties that can be licensed for development as books, toys and films and in other formats. Shane DeRolf, former executive vice president and creative director of the World POG Federation, has been named president of the division.
November 26, 1997 |
After seven years as the most high-profile book publisher in the country, Harold Evans announced he is stepping down from his post at Random House to be editorial director of Mortimer Zuckerman's media properties. Zuckerman, a real estate developer, owns the New York Daily News, U.S. News & World Report, Atlantic Monthly and Fast Co. Random House has named Ann Godoff, who had risen to become No. 2 to Evans, to assume Evans' post. Random House is one of the flagship imprints of Random House Inc.
December 5, 2002 |
Random House Inc. has settled a lawsuit against an e-book publisher that was selling digital versions of Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle" and seven other popular titles. RosettaBooks will continue publishing the works, which predate the rise of the Web, and will collaborate with Random House on additional books. But the settlement leaves unresolved the issue of whether authors or publishers control rights to e-books when the contract has no specific language about the electronic format.
August 1, 2000 |
Random House Inc., the biggest English-language book publisher, said it has launched a unit for electronic books, called AtRandom. New York-based Random House, part of Germany's Bertelsmann media powerhouse, said it had set up a 20-book list of original electronic fiction and nonfiction. The books will be sold online as digital books or in single copies printed on demand and available at bookstores and online retailers. The titles will be published starting early next year.
July 13, 2005 |
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Random House, Inc., have settled a lawsuit in which the publisher alleged that the hip-hop mogul never paid back a $300,000 advance for a memoir he never completed. "The matter has been amicably resolved," according to a statement issued Tuesday by Random House. Citing a confidentiality agreement, Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum would not say whether Combs had returned the money, but did say that the publisher would not be releasing a book by him.
April 24, 1998 |
Two influential publishing groups said they will seek to block Bertelsmann's planned purchase of New York-based Random House Inc., saying the German company would control 36% of the U.S. adult book market. The Authors Guild, which represents 7,200 published authors, and the Assn. of Authors' Representatives, an organization of literary and dramatic agents, said they were filing a formal objection with the Federal Trade Commission.
December 24, 2008 |
Christopher Paolini's "Brisingr," Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy and Peter Matthiessen's award-winning "Shadow Country" are among the dozen-plus books coming to the iPhone and to iPod Touch from publisher Random House Inc. "We are pleased to be making this initial list of outstanding books by some of our top-selling authors available to a groundbreaking group of readers," Matt Shatz, Random House's vice president for digital books, said in a statement this week.
September 8, 2006 |
Memoirist James Frey and Random House Inc. have agreed in principle to settle lawsuits filed by readers who said they were defrauded by fabrications in Frey's million-selling book, "A Million Little Pieces," the publisher said. "I can confirm that we have an agreement in principle," David Drake, a spokesman for the Random House imprint Doubleday, said Thursday. "However, it requires court approval and may take several weeks and even months."
November 9, 1989
Alberto Vitale will become the new chairman, president and chief executive of Random House Inc., the largest general trade book publisher in the United States. Vitale, 55, is currently president and chief executive of the Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc. He succeeds Robert L. Bernstein, who is retiring at the end of the year. "Bob has built Random House into one of the world's great publishing businesses," Vitale said. "But at the same time . . .