NEW YORK (October 19, 2009) —The Weinstein Company, a leader in the independent film and entertainment industry and parent company to Weinstein Books, and the Perseus Books Group, the leading independent publishing company, have entered into a joint venture to publish books.
“The Weinsteins have incredible consumer instincts and unparalleled access to talent that the public wants to read or read about,” says David Steinberger, CEO of the Perseus Books Group. “In joining forces with The Weinstein Company, we get to do what we do best – editing, marketing, digital and physical distribution – while benefiting from the Weinsteins’ creative prowess.”
Harvey Weinstein said, “Perseus is an entrepreneurial publisher that is the ideal partner for our publishing program moving forward. Our core film business presents us with many opportunities to generate ideas that translate into best selling books in both physical and digital formats. I look forward to a very lucrative partnership for the future.”
Under the partnership, the two companies will jointly develop new book ideas and Perseus will be responsible for all JV staff and for executing all core-publishing activities. The first books to be published under the partnership will include All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinski, the long-awaited memoir and beauty guide by Raquel Welch, and The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark. Perseus beginning December 1, 2009 will represent all books previously published by Weinstein Books in the market. These include The New York Times bestsellers My Remarkable Journey by Larry King, Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston, and The Mad Ones by Tom Folsom, among many other highly acclaimed titles.
All Weinstein Books staff including Weinstein Books Publisher Judy Hottensen remain in place and will participate in the development of the longer-term plan for the JV.