DOJ v PRH: Jonathan Karp and Stephen King Take the Stand

Day two of the DOJ's trial to block PRH from acquiring S&S featured a little star power: bestselling author Stephen King. In terms of the case before the court, however, the highlight of the day was the testimony of S&S CEO Jonathan Karp. Continue reading at 'Publishers Weekly'

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-08-03 04:00:00 UTC ]
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DOJ v PRH: Karp's Second Day of Testimony

Simon & Schuster Jonathan Karp was again the featured witness as PRH attorneys pressed their case that the merger of the two companies would be good for S&S's authors. Morrow's Liate Stehlik and Michael Jacobs of Abrams also took the witness stand. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-08-04 04:00:00 UTC ]
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‘Fantastical claims’ and Stephen King: Penguin Random House and DOJ face off for antitrust battle

In one of the biggest antitrust showdowns of President Biden’s tenure, the Justice Department is pulling out the big guns to stop a mega-publishing merger. The Justice Department’s ambitious bid to stop Penguin Random House from buying rival publisher Simon & Schuster has started taking on... Continue reading at Fast Company

[ Fast Company | 2022-07-25 16:10:21 UTC ]
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Stephen King, Andrew Solomon, and a bunch of agents are set to testify in the PRH antitrust trial.

The federal government’s civil suit to block the acquisition of Simon & Schuster by Penguin Random House is chugging along, with the trial set to begin on August 1. Exhibits to the joint pretrial motion, filed July 15, included lists of witnesses for both sides. Witnesses for both sides... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2022-07-20 16:13:34 UTC ]
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DOJ v. PRH: Judge Tosses PRH Exec Testimony

After a lengthy presentation by Manuel Sansigre, PRH's global v-p for mergers and acquisitions, Judge Florence Pan decided to exclude his testimony, ruling that the data had not been independently verified. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-08-16 04:00:00 UTC ]
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DOJ v PRH: Madeline McIntosh Details PRH's Publishing Process

As the Department of Justice’s case against the proposed acquisition of Simon & Schuster by Penguin Random House entered its third week, the defense called PRH US CEO Madeline McIntosh, plus merger and acquisition executives from ViacomCBS and PRH, to the stand to discuss why approval of the... Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-08-16 04:00:00 UTC ]
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DOJ v PRH: Don Weisberg, Government's Economist See Danger in PRH-S&S Merger

As the government's case against Penguin Random House's acquisition of Simon & Schuster winds down, Macmillan CEO Don Weisberg and government economist Nicholas Hill laid out reasons why they are concerned about the impact of the proposed merger. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-08-09 04:00:00 UTC ]
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Stephen King and Owen King’s novel Sleeping Beauties is becoming a comic book series.

In more “thing becomes other thing” news, Sleeping Beauties, the more-than-700-page fantasy novel that Stephen King wrote with his son, Owen, is being adapted into a 10-part comic book series. The novel imagines a world in which all the women in the world except one have come down with a disease... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

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Florence Pan, Judge in DOJ v. PRH Case, Confirmed to U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C.

The United States Senate voted on Tuesday to elevate the judge overseeing the lawsuit that will decide the fate of the proposed merger of Penguin Random House with Simon & Schuster to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, filling the seat that belonged... Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-09-21 04:00:00 UTC ]
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In Post-Trial Briefs, DOJ Says PRH Deal for S&S Must Be Blocked

DOJ attorneys say the proposed acquisition is “precisely the march toward concentration and monopsony power that Congress enacted the Clayton Act to prevent.” Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-09-11 04:00:00 UTC ]
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In Post-Trial Briefs, PRH Attorneys Say DOJ Failed to Prove Its Case Against S&S Merger

In a highly anticipated post-trial filing PRH attorneys reiterate their claim that the government manufactured a fatally flawed case to block the nearly $2.2 billion merger—and then failed to prove it. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-09-09 04:00:00 UTC ]
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DOJ v. PRH: "Ending Where We Started"

The opposing parties in the Department of Justice’s lawsuit aiming to block Penguin Random House’s purchase of Simon & Schuster offered very different views of what a merger of the two would mean for authors and the industry in Friday’s closing arguments. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-08-22 04:00:00 UTC ]
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DOJ v. PRH: Challenges over Bid Competition, Market Share

As testimony wrapped up prior to closing arguments today, the defense and DOJ once again attacked each other's data analysis and methodology. The DOJ asserted that publisher competition, not imprint competition, is the surest way to lift advances, and that non-Big Five publishers face... Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-08-19 04:00:00 UTC ]
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DOJ v PRH: Agents Have Their Say

In a day dominated by testimony from some of publishing's leading agents, the overall theme was that the biggest advance is not the only thing that is important in reaching an agreement with a publisher, and that these agents believe that S&S authors would benefit from becoming part of PRH. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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DOJ v. PRH: Agents, Publishers Move Center Stage

As attorneys for Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster took their turn to defend PRH's purchase of S&S, William Morris Endeavor's Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Gallery publisher Jennifer Bergstrom, and Norton's John Glusman found themselves in the witness chair. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-08-11 04:00:00 UTC ]
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DOJ v PRH: Brian Murray Still Wants S&S at HarperCollins

HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray, testifying in the trial over whether the Penguin Random House-Simon & Schuster sale will go through, said he was “shocked” by the price PRH offered for S&S. Later in the day, the defense cross-examined the government's economic witness. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-08-10 04:00:00 UTC ]
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DOJ v. PRH: Markus Dohle's Silicon Valley of Media

In roughly five hours of testimony on Thursday, Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle jousted with government lawyers over PRH's market share, his commitment to allow PRH and S&S editors to bid on the same books if the merger is completed, and other issues tied to what the impact of a... Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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DOJ v. PRH: All Our Coverage

A compilation of PW's coverage of the DOJ's bid to block Penguin Random House's acquisition of rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Stephen King set to testify for gov't in books merger trial

Bestselling author Stephen King has testified in a federal antitrust trial in Washington Continue reading at ABC News

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Stephen King testified against publishing's biggest merger. What you need to know about the antitrust trial

Stephen King testified for the government today, arguing that writers will be harmed if Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster merge. Continue reading at Los Angeles Times

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