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Reinhard Mohn's journey to the heights of international publishing began humbly enough--in an American camp for German prisoners during World War II. While he was behind barbed wire, the Nazis shut down several divisions of his family's book business and jailed three officials. Later, Allied planes flattened what was left of the Bertelsmann company's physical plant in northern Germany. Some might have thought the 110-year-old firm was kaput.
In this city's contentious world of letters, they are known simply as Tina and Harry. Or "Teenanarry," which is how their names sound when they are whispered in awe or horror by the city's literati. Tina Brown, 43, has been editor of one of the nation's most revered magazines, the New Yorker, since 1992. Her husband, Harry Evans, 68, has been running one of the country's largest publishing houses, Random House, since 1990. Separately, each would command Manhattan's attention.
November 2, 1989
It is amazing to me that an attorney is so willing to give up a person's right to a "fair trial" in exchange for a fast and cost-effective, albeit fair trial. As examples of the abuses of the system, he cites the McMartin and Night Stalker trials. These cases are the exception not the rule. Justice is not perfect. Judges do a remarkable job of protecting our "rights" while balancing their calendars.
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 | Washington Post
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 | From Associated Press
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 | Reuters
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.
December 24, 2008 | Associated Press
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.
July 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
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 | Reuters
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.
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