Hachette Book Group terminates Weinstein Books

Hachette Book Group terminates Weinstein Books

The Hachette Book Group is terminating its Weinstein Books imprint in the US following the accusations of sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Publishers Weekly reports that the imprint is to be terminated effective immediately. The decision comes after the publication of a New York Times report which exposed decades of sexual assault allegations against Weinstein. Following this, Weinstein was fired from the company he founded, the Weinstein Company, and a number of celebrities have publicly spoken out against him.

HBG has owned the imprint since it purchased the Perseus Book Group last year. PBG had struck a co-publishing deal with the Weinsten Company in late 2009 and the imprint published approximately 10 titles a year.

In its statement, HBG said titles under the imprint will be now published by the Hachette Books imprint, and all Weinstein Books employees will join the Hachette Books team.

A spokesperson told PW that the co-publishing agreement will be officially terminated “after the contractual notification period”.

The company added: "Hachette Book Group will honor its contracts with writers who have come to us via Weinstein Books." It also noted that the author contracts were with HBG, not the Weinstein Company.