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June 15, 1994 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move that shocked and angered many in the publishing world, Viacom Inc. on Tuesday fired Richard E. Snyder, the legendary head of its Simon & Schuster publishing division. Viacom gave no reason for Snyder's ouster, which apparently came as a surprise to the publishing executive. Snyder could not be reached for comment, but a company source attributed the dismissal to "stylistic differences."
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June 15, 1994 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move that shocked and angered many in the publishing world, Viacom Inc. on Tuesday fired Richard E. Snyder, the legendary head of its Simon & Schuster publishing division. Viacom gave no reason for Snyder's ouster, which apparently came as a surprise to the publishing executive. Snyder could not be reached for comment, but a company source attributed the dismissal to "stylistic differences."
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BUSINESS
March 13, 1985
Nearly $1 billion in new acquisitions has prompted New York-based Gulf & Western Industries to restructure its publishing operations into six units based on market lines: general trade hard-cover and paperbacks, general reference, education, business information and training, professional information services and international. With revenue projected at $840 million for fiscal 1985, the units will operate under a publishing and information resources group headed by Richard E.
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November 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Book publisher Simon & Schuster said today that it will not release "American Psycho," a violent new novel by critically acclaimed author Bret Easton Ellis. Chairman Richard E. Snyder released a statement saying the book, which was scheduled to be shipped to stores next month, will not be handled by Simon & Schuster. Ellis' publicist said the decision smacks of censorship.
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April 21, 1990 | NIKKI FINKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A press-ready memoir of Greta Garbo that had been locked in a vault for 14 years will be released in a matter of weeks, Simon & Schuster announced Friday. The biography, entitled "Garbo" and written by the late Polish emigre author Antoni Gronowicz, had been branded a hoax by the actress in 1978.
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January 25, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
Former President Ronald Reagan has signed a contract with publisher Simon & Schuster to write two books by 1991 for an undisclosed sum, his publisher and agent said today. Neither party would reveal the amount of the deal, which his agent said was signed at the Reagans' Bel-Air home Sunday afternoon, just two days after he left office. Sources in the publishing industry have previously estimated the worth of the Reagan memoirs at $2 million to $8 million.
BUSINESS
June 27, 1994 | JAMES BATES
Los Angeles boosters figured they'd take advantage of the international press covering the World Cup soccer games to tell the world that there is more to Southern California than riots, brush fires, freeway police chases and earthquakes. So that's exactly what they're doing--if you can find them.
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March 19, 1991 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paramount Communications Inc., in a surprise move, named veteran film producer Stanley R. Jaffe to the newly created post of president and chief operating officer. Jaffe, 50, was president of the company's Paramount Pictures unit in the early 1970s and more recently produced some of its biggest film hits--including "Fatal Attraction" and "The Accused"--during an eight-year partnership with Sherry Lansing.
BUSINESS
October 2, 1993 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the battle rages for Paramount Communications Inc., it's easy to forget that the famed movie and television company is also the nation's largest book publisher. But you can bet that Paramount's suitors, Viacom Inc. and QVC Network Inc., aren't forgetting.
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March 23, 1991 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank G. Mancuso has filed a lawsuit alleging that Paramount Communications Inc. "abruptly fired" him as head of its movie and television studio despite protective provisions in his written employment agreement. The suit demands more than $45 million in damages.
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November 16, 1990 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bret Easton Ellis said the first "rumblings" he heard that Simon & Schuster might not release his new novel began last Friday. By Wednesday, Simon & Schuster Chairman Richard E. Snyder had released a statement saying that "American Psycho" was "not a book that Simon & Schuster was going to publish." The book had been under fire in the media because of its lurid depiction of violence against women. Ellis, 26, said he was flabbergasted. "I literally couldn't believe it," he said.
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