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May 9, 2007 | Josh Getlin
In yet another sign of the convergence between publishing and the Internet, Simon & Schuster Inc. announced that it is launching a digital video channel to promote the company's authors and forthcoming releases. The publisher, working in concert with TurnHere Inc., a leading Internet video company, will begin offering the service next month. The channel, to be called Bookvideos.
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May 9, 2007 | Josh Getlin
In yet another sign of the convergence between publishing and the Internet, Simon & Schuster Inc. announced that it is launching a digital video channel to promote the company's authors and forthcoming releases. The publisher, working in concert with TurnHere Inc., a leading Internet video company, will begin offering the service next month. The channel, to be called Bookvideos.
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December 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Hershey Co. has settled a trademark-violation lawsuit against Simon & Schuster Inc. over a new book with a dust jacket that includes the familiar image of a Hershey chocolate bar. Under the settlement, the New York-based publisher agreed to add an image in the upper left corner of the dust jacket's front cover stating that the book -- "Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire and Utopian Dreams" -- is "neither authorized nor sponsored by The Hershey Company."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Hershey Co. has settled a trademark-violation lawsuit against Simon & Schuster Inc. over a new book with a dust jacket that includes the familiar image of a Hershey chocolate bar. Under the settlement, the New York-based publisher agreed to add an image in the upper left corner of the dust jacket's front cover stating that the book -- "Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire and Utopian Dreams" -- is "neither authorized nor sponsored by The Hershey Company."
BUSINESS
December 23, 1988 | Associated Press
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday issued complaints against six of the nation's largest book publishers for allegedly discriminating illegally against independent bookstores by selling books at discounted prices to major bookstore chains. The complaints allege that the six publishers sell books at lower prices to large bookstore chains, including the nation's three biggest: Waldenbooks Inc., B. Dalton Bookseller and Crown Books Corp.
NEWS
December 11, 1990 | ELIZABETH VENANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
'Perhaps on instinct, perhaps from memory, she makes a futile dash for the front door, crying out. . . . (E)ffortlessly, I'm leaping in front of her, blocking her escape, knocking her unconscious with four blows to the head from the nail gun. . . . I stretch her arms out, placing her hands flat on thick wooden boards, palms up, and nail three fingers on each hand, at random, to the wood by their tips. . . .
NEWS
November 5, 1997 | RUSS PARSONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For millions of Americans, the "Joy of Cooking" is a beloved kitchen companion, a friendly source of advice on everything from how to roast a chicken to a recipe for the best brownies ever. Now this icon of domesticity, dreamed up in 1931 by Irma Rombauer, a St. Louis matron of allegedly indifferent culinary skills, has undergone its first major make-over in 20 years.
BUSINESS
March 19, 1993 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A war of words has erupted over a high-profile book on Walt Disney Co. Author Robert Sam Anson, who has spent two years compiling an "inside" account of Disney's corporate success, on Thursday accused publisher Simon & Schuster of dropping the project because of "outside pressure" from its parent, Paramount Communications.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
November 13, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plucking a prime asset from a debt-straitened rival, cash-rich Paramount Communications Inc. agreed Tuesday to buy Maxwell Communication Corp.'s Macmillan Computer Publishing unit for $157.5 million. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, would catapult Paramount's Simon & Schuster unit to the top of the lucrative computer book publishing field.
NEWS
December 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
New York Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed Friday to accept $8 million from publisher Simon & Schuster for a memoir dealing with her eight tumultuous years as first lady. The huge advance is more than any member of Congress has received for a book and comes close to matching the $8.5 million Pope John Paul II got in 1994 for a nonfiction work. The first lady's advance beats the $7.1 million received this summer by General Electric Chairman Jack Welch.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1999 | JEFF LEEDS
A New York judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit arising from claims made about a New York criminal defense lawyer in "Den of Thieves," the 1991 bestseller about the fall of junk bond king Michael Milken. Attorney Michael F. Armstrong had filed suit against the book's author, James B. Stewart, and publisher Simon & Schuster, alleging defamation. Armstrong was mentioned only briefly in the book.
BUSINESS
July 4, 1998 | Associated Press
British media group Pearson said it will retain more of Simon & Schuster's publishing businesses after changing the terms of its deal with U.S. buyout firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc. Pearson agreed in May to buy Simon & Schuster's educational, professional and reference publishing business from New York-based Viacom Inc. for $4.6 billion, then sell the professional and reference units to Hicks Muse for $1 billion.
BUSINESS
May 13, 1998 | From Reuters
A group led by former junk bond king Michael Milken and other would-be buyers will make final bids for a big piece of the Simon & Schuster publishing business, a source familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. The sale of Viacom Inc.'s professional, educational and reference publishing divisions "is proceeding," a Viacom spokeswoman said, declining to comment further. In the latest development, the Milken-led consortium succeeded in getting cable TV giant Tele-Communications Inc.
NEWS
November 5, 1997 | RUSS PARSONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For millions of Americans, the "Joy of Cooking" is a beloved kitchen companion, a friendly source of advice on everything from how to roast a chicken to a recipe for the best brownies ever. Now this icon of domesticity, dreamed up in 1931 by Irma Rombauer, a St. Louis matron of allegedly indifferent culinary skills, has undergone its first major make-over in 20 years.
BUSINESS
November 22, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CDB Infotek, a privately held information services company in Santa Ana, has agreed to acquire Simon & Schuster's Prentice Hall Online and Charles E. Simon Co. units, officials for the companies said Monday. The businesses were put up for sale in April after Simon & Schuster decided to focus on consumer, education, reference and international publishing as its core operations. Terms of the sales were not disclosed.
NEWS
August 16, 1991 | MONA GABLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nancy Drew was blond and pretty, also smart and independent--a teen-ager who had her own car and solved mysteries with her girlfriends, George and Bess, and her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson. She had a perfect dad, the distinguished attorney Carson Drew, who discussed his cases with her, encouraged her and never interfered. As for Frank and Joe--the Hardy Boys--they were high school guys who loved baseball and motorcycles. They were loyal and respectful and they liked their parents.
BUSINESS
July 4, 1998 | Associated Press
British media group Pearson said it will retain more of Simon & Schuster's publishing businesses after changing the terms of its deal with U.S. buyout firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc. Pearson agreed in May to buy Simon & Schuster's educational, professional and reference publishing business from New York-based Viacom Inc. for $4.6 billion, then sell the professional and reference units to Hicks Muse for $1 billion.
BUSINESS
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."
BUSINESS
April 15, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
New Publisher for Disney Book: Pantheon Books plans to publish author Robert Sam Anson's book on Walt Disney Co. The publisher, a division of Random House, will pay Anson a $300,000 advance for the book, to appear in fall of 1994. Simon & Schuster dropped the project last month, saying Anson had fallen hopelessly behind schedule. In a lawsuit, Anson accused Simon & Schuster of pulling back because of negative references to its parent company, Paramount Communications.
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