Mergers & Acquisitions

KKR Wins S&S for $1.62 Billion
August 7, 2023 at 1:00 am

The private investment firm KKR has agreed to buy Simon & Schuster for $1.62 billion. When the purchase closes, S&S will operate under current leaders Jonathan Karp and Dennis Eulau, and KKR promised to "support new growth initiatives" for the country's third largest trade publisher.

Deal for Simon & Schuster Said to Be Near
August 4, 2023

The private investment firm KKR, HarperCollins, and Richard Hurowitz of the investment firm Octavian & Company are all said to still be in contention to acquire the country's third largest trade publisher.

World Editions Gets a New Owner: Its Former U.S. Director
July 3, 2023

Christine Swedowsky has acquired the publisher from Libella Publishing Group in a management buyout. The World Editions offices in Amsterdam and London will close, and the publisher will be based solely in New York.

HarperCollins, KKR Said to Be Eyeing Simon & Schuster
June 15, 2023

In a bit of déjà vu, HarperCollins and the private equity firm KKR, which both lost out to Penguin Random House when Simon & Schuster was initially put up for sale, are reported among the leading contenders to buy the publisher this time around.

Vivendi’s Purchase of Lagardère Heads to Completion
June 12, 2023

The French media company has received approval to acquire Lagardère following Vivendi's agreement to sell its existing book publisher, Editis. Lagardère is the parent company of Hachette Livre, whose subsidiaries include Hachette Book Group.

WME Acquires Ross Yoon Agency
June 2, 2023

By acquiring the Washington, D.C.–based literary agency, WME signals a deepening focus on literary talent and specifically nonfiction, as well as a physical expansion into the D.C. area.

Authors Guild Issues Contract Clause Changes to Account for AI
June 2, 2023

As part of its campaign to protect its members from the rise of large language models and other artificial intelligence tools, the Authors Guild has released four new model contract clauses concerning the technology. Earlier, the Guild released a survey of members that found that 69% of those that responded think their careers are threatened…