- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
Hachette Book Group is disbanding the company’s Weinstein Books imprint, effective immediately.
“Going forward, titles currently under the Weinstein Books imprint will be published by our Hachette Books imprint, and the Weinstein Books imprint team will join Hachette Books,” the company said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Perseus Books, which is part of Hachette, has had a co-publishing agreement with The Weinstein Co. that has produced about 10 books a year.
The relationship between Hachette and Weinstein has come under scrutiny as the Hollywood mogul has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple actresses in recent days.
MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski, who has a three-book deal with Weinstein Books through Hachette, said last weekend that she wouldn’t go forward with the deal unless Weinstein was fired by the company he co-founded.
On her Morning Joe show on Monday, despite the fact that Weinstein was fired a day earlier, Brzezinski said she wants to know more about The Weinstein Co. culture before moving ahead with the deal.
“I want to know that this company does not embrace sexual abusers, sexual harassers,” she said. “And I want to have a conversation with them before I move forward, because this is step one. Step two is having a wider conversation about the culture within an organization. That, of course, starts at the top.”
The deal was first announced in July, though Brzezinski wrote on Tuesday that it was Weinstein who wanted to place the news in the New York Post‘s “Page Six” before she was ready.
Still, on television and in a column for NBC’s new opinion vertical, Brzezinski was very complimentary of the women she has worked with at Hachette.
It’s not yet clear how the news will affect Brzezinski’s deal, but she remains under contract with Hachette, and the company is said to be excited to publish her books. An MSNBC spokesperson has not yet responded to a request for comment on how this changes things.
On Tuesday, comedian Iliza Shlesinger wrote on Twitter about her deal with Weinstein Books. She condemned Weinstein’s behavior and distinguished it from what she said is “a company of women who have been supportive of me.” Of her book, Girl Logic, she said, “I am proud of this book and the women who helped me.”
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day