Scribner Stands Behind ‘Six-Figure’ Book Deal for ‘S–ty Media Men’ Creator Despite Lawsuit

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Scribner is standing behind its reported six-figure book contract with Moira Donegan even as the freelance writer faces a defamation lawsuit for her role in creating the “S—ty Media Men” list last year.

In a statement to TheWrap, the publishing house, a division of CBS’ Simon & Schuster, said they were untroubled by the legal imbroglio.

“The lawsuit does not affect Scribner’s plans to publish Moira Donegan’s book,” said a spokesperson, who added that the book would not be about the list itself but instead would be a “primer on misogyny and sexual harassment.”

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The list, which Donegan created, was actually a crowdsourced Google spreadsheet which invited women in media to anonymously name abusive men in the industry along with details of their alleged crimes. The document eventually grew to dozens of names with uncorroborated behavior running the gamut from awkward touching to rape.

Stephen Elliott, the former editor of the online magazine The Rumpus who was accused of rape on the list, brought a defamation suit this month seeking $1.5 million in damages from Donegan and up to 30 other “Jane Does” for their role in creating the document. He said the list’s wide dissemination caused severe damage to his reputation and career by perpetuating false information.

“The List contained false information and unsubstantiated allegations, including untrue statements alleging Plaintiff engaged in criminal sexual conduct, namely rape accusations, sexual harassment, coercion and unsolicited invitations to his apartment,” the suit reads.

“The inflammatory false statements published in the List were abusive, vulgar, intentionally misleading as well as damning to the Plaintiff’s reputation and good name. The List was sent to numerous members of the parties’ shared profession, the media industry to intentionally harm Plaintiff’s reputation and further cause harm to Plaintiff’s career.”

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In addition to that, Elliot cited how Donegan has prospered by comparison.

“Defendant Donegan has benefited substantially from publication of the List,” it reads. “In addition to favorable publicity, Defendant Donegan has been hired on contract at the New Yorker and was given a contract worth a minimum of six figures to write a book about the list for Scribner Books.”

Scribner declined to comment on how much it had paid Donegan as part of the deal.

While many of the men listed in the document have never faced any formal accusation, others were ultimately forced out of prestigious posts at media organizations such as BuzzFeed, The Atlantic and The Paris Review after internal investigations into formally lodged complaints.

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A Kavanaugh Book Is Already On The Way So We Can Relive The Confirmation Drama All Over Again

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Mere weeks after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a book documenting his excruciating nomination process is already in the works.

“I have some news,” said Washington Post columnist and deputy editorial page editor Ruth Marcus earlier this week. “Washington Post deputy editorial page editor, is writing a book about Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. The book is being published by Simon & Schuster.”

I have some news:
Good Thursday afternoon. BOOK ALERT: RUTH MARCUS, Washington Post deputy editorial page editor, is writing a book about Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. The book is being published by Simon & Schuster.

— Ruth Marcus (@RuthMarcus) October 11, 2018

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It’s unclear when the tome may hit bookshelves. A rep for Simon & Schuster did not immediately respond to request for comment on the matter.

For anyone in need of a refresher, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as Justice Kavanaugh on October 6 in a contentious 50-48 vote. Senators voted mostly party line with the exceptions of West Virginia Democratic Joe Manchin who voted to confirm and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, who voted “present” at the final roll.

For weeks the final vote lay in the balance as Kavanaugh faced a wall of Democratic opposition and several wavering Republicans. In September, Kavanaugh was hit with allegations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that he has sexually assaulted her while drunk at a party in the early 1980.

“Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk,” Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a dramatic statement. “I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming. This was what terrified me the most.”

Kavanaugh offered a strenuous denial to the same committee the very same day, and continues to deny the accusation.

As more women came forward — including one person represented by Michael Avenatti who accused Kavanaugh of participating in “gang rape,” an accusation Kavanaugh also firmly denies — Senators launched an FBI investigation into the matter. After initially applauding the decision, Democrats later accused Republicans of circumscribing the probe and cutting off the bureau from investigating key witnesses.

The final vote was not sealed until the day before his confirmation when Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced that she believed Brett Kavanaugh and she would join her Republicans colleagues and vote for him.

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Omarosa’s Publisher Won’t Pull ‘Unhinged,’ Calls Trump Legal Team Threats ‘Hollow’

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Omarosa Manigault Newman’s publisher Simon & Schuster says it won’t be “intimidated” by what it calls “hollow legal threats,’ and will publish her book “Unhinged” as planned.
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Donald Trump “Threats” Won’t Stop Omarosa’s ‘Unhinged’, Publisher Says

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As more information from Omarosa Manigault Newman’s White House memoir Unhinged continues to hound the Trump Administration, publisher Simon & Schuster said it has no intention of backing off selling the hot-button book that it released this …

Viacom Leads $15 Million Funding Round in Kids Entertainment Platform Pocket.watch

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Pocket.watch, a kids media brand and entertainment platform touting new digital stars, said on Wednesday that it has closed a $15 million funding round led by Viacom.

Pocket.watch and Viacom have already kicked off other content initiatives together, the company said, including developing a kids sketch comedy show starring Keenan Thompson called “Skoogle.”

And Paramount Players has purchased a pocket.watch pitch for a feature film called “The Unboxing Movie.” In connection with the agreement, the companies said they have formalized a process for collaborating on development new projects and they expect to work together on a number of projects over the coming year.

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Viacom will also expand pocket.watch’s ad sales reach, by packaging pocket.watch’s branded video inventory with Nickelodeon’s inventory to create an advertising reach across digital and traditional platforms.

“We started pocket.watch with the understanding that kids today consume entertainment in entirely new ways and in order to reach them, brands have to go to where they are and celebrate the things they love,” said pocket.watch CEO Chris Williams in a statement. “In just a little over a year since pocket.watch’s launch, we’ve seen our business grow exponentially and we are thrilled that a legendary media company like Viacom shares our enthusiasm and chose to lead our Series B and partner with us to help bring our new and powerful approach to audiences around the world.”

Sarah Levy, chief operating officer of Viacom’s media networks, will join Williams on the pocket.watch board, with a third board member to be named in the coming weeks.

The companies are also working on a variety of talent initiatives, including identifying up-and-coming talent and creators for 360 degree talent partnerships. Pocket.watch plans to take advantage of Viacom’s events, such as the Kids Choice Awards, by sending its creator partners to gain exposure.

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Since launching in March 2017, pocket.watch has raised $21 million and boasts over one billion monthly views across twenty YouTube channels, with a combined subscriber base that exceeds 34 million.

“Pocket.watch’s unique and comprehensive approach to celebrating the new digital stars of today makes them an outstanding partner for Nickelodeon and our unmatched connections with kids around the world through video, digital and real-world events,” Levy said in a statement. “It’s great to be in business with them and we are excited to be expanding our relationship with such an innovative new media brand.”

Along with Viacom’s investment and expanded partnership, pocket.watch is also getting new investments from UTA Ventures and Greycroft’s Tracker fund.

Starting next month, pocket.watch said it will begin rolling out long-form content featuring original intellectual property and creator partner brands to top streaming networks. The company also plans to launch a line of toys and apparel to major retailers nationwide, and will debut Watch this Book!, the first in a series of books released under the pocket.watch books imprint through Simon Spotlight, a division of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

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‘CSI’ Creator Anthony E. Zuiker Book Venture Pens Deal With Simon & Schuster

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Zuiker Press, a new publishing enterprise founded by CSI franchise creator Anthony E. Zuiker and wife Michelle Zuiker, has signed a distribution deal with Simon & Schuster, the Zuikers said today.
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Milo Yiannopoulos withdraws his lawsuit against Simon & Schuster

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Today in schadenfreude: Milo Yiannopoulos, the former Breitbart tech editor (and attention-addicted former darling of the “alt-right”) has just asked for his $10 million lawsuit against publisher Simon & Schuster to be dismissed by the New York State Supreme Court. Tried, at least; Yiannopoulos is currently…

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‘Jeopardy’ Winner Ken Jennings Under Fire for Mocking Barron Trump in Tweet

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Donald Trump Jr. is putting the pressure on book publisher Simon & Schuster after coming across a tweet by one of its authors — famous “Jeopardy!” winner Ken Jennings.

It all started Wednesday after Jennings tweeted a joke about Barron Trump, going off of claims that the president’s youngest son thought Kathy Griffin’s decapitated head photo shoot was real.

Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 31, 2017

He then moved on to President Donald Trump after some criticized the joke, focusing on Barron’s age.

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I have moved the necktie to one side of the ham but it still looks a little like the president.

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 31, 2017

Conservatives started tweeting Simon & Schuster contact information in response, encouraging others to make a complaint and threaten a boycott. This included conservative blogger Ginger McQueen, who pointed out the connection between Jennings and the publishing house.

He writes children’s books for Simon & Schuster. Call them at 1(800) 223-2336, then chose option 4. Yes, this is the jackass from Jeopardy. https://t.co/lVJGJ1SvyC

— Ginger McQueen (@GingerMcQueen) May 31, 2017

Some who were in favor of the boycott included first son Donald Trump Jr., who came to his brother’s defense.

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“It takes a real man to pick on an 11 year old,” he tweeted. “Yet another low from the left, but they will rationalize this away with their usual excuses.”

It takes a real man to pick on an 11 year old. Yet another low from the left, but they will rationalize this away with their usual excuses. https://t.co/JDF3VsVEJ1

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 31, 2017

Good point, you would think that in this day & age @simonandschuster would have an issue with one of their children’s authors bullying a kid https://t.co/S4Bxs7AnSs

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 1, 2017

Since his record-setting win on “Jeopardy!,” Jennings has been putting out educational books for kids and adults. His current project involves his “Junior Genius Guides,” which seek to teach young audiences about subjects such as the human body, space and most recently, dinosaurs.

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Jennings doubled down on his comments though, especially in regards to Trump Jr.’s tweets about his masculinity.

I will kill as many white rhinos as it takes to prove my masculinity to Donald Trump Jr. https://t.co/mm8YzH2NPB

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 31, 2017

Reps for Simon & Schuster have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment

Barron has been the target of jokes lobbed at the administration and the family before. In January, “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich was suspended indefinitely after she quipped in a tweet that the youngest Trump son looked like a “homeschool shooter.”

Rosie O’Donnell also came under fire when she retweeted a video suggesting that Barron was autistic.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Quits Breitbart

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Controversial Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos has quit the website a day after Simon & Schuster pulled plans to publish his book Dangerous in June and CPAC yanked an invitation for him to speak at the conservative confab this week.
The resignation also comes the day after conservative blog Reagan Battalion posted video of an old interview in which Yiannopoulos appeared to endorse sex between adult and underage males.
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Simon & Schuster Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos ‘Dangerous’ Book Deal After Conservative Blog Digs Up Old Interview

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Add Simon & Schuster to the list of organzations who today are shocked – shocked! –  to discover professional provocateur/Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos has made incendiary, outrageous, remarks.
“They canceled my book,” Yiannopoulo said simply, in a social media statement about the book, on which the publishing house had been taking pre-orders, with promises to publish on June 13.
Incendiary remarks about Muslims and women did not deter the publishing company…

Children’s Book Authors Protest Milo Yiannopoulos Book Deal

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More than 160 children’s book authors have sent a letter to Simon & Schuster protesting the publishing company’s recent book deal with Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

The letter was sent Thursday to S&S CEO and president Carolyn Reidy and comes two months before Yiannopoulos’ upcoming book, “Dangerous,” is set to hit bookstores.

Yiannopoulos made headlines when he was banned from Twitter last summer after a feud with comedienne Leslie Jones that led to a groundswell of online harassment targeting the “SNL” star. After the book deal was announced, Jones criticized S&S on Twitter, saying the book would “help them spread their hate.” Other celebrities, such as Judd Apatow and Sarah Silverman, joined Jones in protesting the deal.

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The letter by the group of children’s authors called Yiannopoulos “a man who routinely denigrates, verbally attacks, and directs dangerous internet doxxing and hate campaigns against women, minorities, LGBTQ individuals, Muslims, and anyone he chooses to target who supports equality and human decency.”

“This is not an issue of advocating or suppressing free speech, as Mr. Yiannopoulos has a broad internet broadcasting platform,” the letter read. “His voice is certainly being heard, and it is a voice of hate that stirs its followers to emotional, verbal, and physical violence directed at anyone who disagrees or speaks to the contrary.”

Among the letter’s signees are “Mortal Instruments” author Cassandra Clare and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. The letter can be read in full on Publisher’s Weekly.

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Simon & Schuster announced the $250,000 deal with Yiannopoulos on Dec. 29 through their conservative politics imprint, Threshold Editions. Two days later, the company released a statement defending their decision.

“We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form,” the company said. “At Simon & Schuster we have always published works by a wide range of authors with greatly varying, and frequently controversial opinions, and appealing to many different audiences of readers.”

“While we are cognizant that many may disagree vehemently with the books we publish we note that the opinions expressed therein belong to our authors, and do not reflect either a corporate viewpoint or the views of our employees.”

Yiannopoulos’ “Dangerous” will be released in bookstores March 14.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Book Deal Defended by Publisher Amid Backlash

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Simon & Schuster is standing by its decision to publish a book by Breitbart editor and alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos.

Facing criticism over its acquisition of Yiannopoulos’ book “Dangerous,” the publisher defended its choice via Twitter on Friday, saying that the company doesn’t condone hate speech, and noting that Yiannopoulos’ views are his own, and not those of Simon & Schuster.

“We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form,” the company said. “At Simon & Schuster we have always published works by a wide range of authors with greatly varying, and frequently controversial opinions, and appealing to many different audiences of readers.”

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The publisher continued,”While we are cognizant that many may disagree vehemently with the books we publish we note that the opinions expressed therein belong to our authors, and do not reflect either a corporate viewpoint or the views of our employees.”

While the tweet did not mention Yiannopoulos by name, the tweet began, “Statement regarding recent acquisition by @threshold_books, another division of @simonschuster.”

Threshold reportedly acquired “Dangerous,” due for a March release, in a deal worth $250,000.

Since news of the acquisition broke this week, the deal has been greeted with vehement criticism by high-profile detractors such as Judd Apatow and Sarah Silverman.

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In a tweet published Thursday, director/producer Apatow wrote, “In these times we can not let hatemongers get rich off of their cruelty. Shame on @simonschuster!”

Likewise, Silverman  registered her displeasure with the deal, tweeting, “The guy has freedom of speech but to fund him & give him a platform tells me a LOT about @simonschuster YUCK AND BOO AND GROSS.”

Yiannopoulos has courted criticism for, among other things, encouraging his followers to send racist messages to “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones in July. That led to his ouster from Twitter, a ban that Yiannopoulos credited with his success.

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“They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened,” Yiannopoulos told The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news of the deal. “Did it hurt Madonna being banned from MTV in the 1990s? Did all that negative press hurt Donald Trump’s chances of winning the election?”

Statement regarding recent acquisition by @threshold_books, another division of @simonschuster pic.twitter.com/HTEs1fnsjB

– Simon & Schuster (@SimonBooks) December 30, 2016

I am in! In these times we can not let hatemongers get rich off of their cruelty. Shame on @simonschuster ! https://t.co/S6sACtKaoL

Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 30, 2016

The guy has freedom of speech but to fund him & give him a platform tells me a LOT about @simonschuster YUCK AND BOO AND GROSS https://t.co/CNDUDOHzke

Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 29, 2016

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