Penguin Random House Buys Simon and Schuster

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  1. JD

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    If there were any noticeable changes made to the Trek books due to the sale of S&S, how long would it take for them to go into effect?
     
  2. Daddy Todd

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    First, the sale has to close. That could take a year. Then, the merger has to become effective. Then, the corporate overlords have to issue their edicts, and the books aligning to the new policy have to be written, edited, and published.

    We probably won’t see changes before 2023 or 2024. Assuming their are changes for us to see. Of course, by then, the current licensing agreement might run out, and Titan or Tor could be the official publisher. :shrug:
     
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  3. David Weller

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    IIRC, the article says that S&S would remain independent editorially.
     
  4. Daddy Todd

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    That’s what the new corporate overlords ALWAYS say at the beginning of an acquisition. Once they’ve had a chance to really go over the books of the acquired entity, they announce the first round of layoffs.

    In other words, they say they won’t change a thing as long as regulators are paying attention. The moment the acquisition closes, that all gets forgotten.

    Things will stay exactly the same until the day they change.
     
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  5. Tim Thomason

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    Well, just to be on the safe side, maybe they'll just cancel all releases until 2023 or 2024.
     
  6. trampledamage

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    Hush your mouth! :eek:
     
  7. E-DUB

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    And the check is in your mouth.
     
  8. Dayton Ward

    Dayton Ward Word Pusher Rear Admiral

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    For quoting a newspaper article? If it was that simple, I could sleep in most days.
     
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  9. Sci

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    PRH/S&S are not going to willingly lose out on income by cancelling new releases of their media tie-in novels. They paid good money for those licenses, and those licenses have expiration dates, so they need to publish as many books as they can during the licensing period in order to maximize the value of that license during its term of validity.
     
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  10. publiusr

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    Making of Star Trek might get re-released after all...tell Feek
     
  11. JD

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    This just gave me a thought. Now that S&S isn't owned by CBS anymore, is that going to have any effect on their chances of keeping or losing the license when it runs out again?
    I know they still had to bid and negotiate like anyone else, but I had assumed being owned by CBS at least gave them a bit of an advantage, which they won't have now.
     
  12. Christopher

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    I doubt it. Lots of other companies not owned by CBS have Trek licenses -- IDW, Modiphius, Cryptic Studios, Hallmark, Eaglemoss, etc.

    Sure, theoretically CBS could sell the license to a different publisher if they made a better offer, but that was always true. And S&S has 40 years of experience doing reliable, regular work on the Trek license, and their people have a long-established relationship with the Trek people. I'd say those are advantages too.
     
  13. JD

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    Yeah, you're probably right.