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Hugh Lauter Levin Associates Acquired by Rizzoli - Posted June 15, 2007
PW Daily reports that Rizzoli International has acquired the publishing assets of Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, the illustrated book publisher based in Westport, Conn and formerly distributed by Publishers Group West. Rizzoli will incorporate over 200 HLLA titles into its Rizzoli and Universe imprints, depending on the nature of the... [GalleyCat]

Reich Returns to Head PGW - Posted May 24, 2007
PW Daily reported yesterday that Susan Reich has been named president of Publishers Group West, where she rose to the position of v-p, marketing, before leaving and eventually becoming president and COO of the Avalon Publishing Group... [GalleyCat]

Counterpoint Bought by Winton; New Venture Begins - Posted May 10, 2007
PW Daily reports that Counterpoint Press will no longer be distributed by Perseus - and that instead, it has been bought by former PGW founder and Avalon publisher Charlie Winton as part of his brand-new publishing venture, Winton, Shoemaker & Co. LLC. As a result the venture, the final details which... [GalleyCat]

This Week in AMS: More Time Requested, Victory for Nonconsentings - Posted April 9, 2007
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported at the end of last week that Advanced Marketing Services is asking the Delaware bankruptcy court to have until August 10 to file for Chapter 11, an extension from the current April 28 deadline. Bankruptcy law gives companies a limited amount of time to propose a... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Perseus Completes PGW Deal, Trouble in Non-Consenting Paradise - Posted March 2, 2007
PW Daily reported yesterday that Perseus completed its acquisition of the distribution contracts of 124 former Publishers Group West clients yesterday and began writing checks to those publishers. Publishers will receive payment either by wire transfer or mail, whichever they prefer, CEO David Steinberger said. With the closing, Perseus began... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: "Transition Vendor" and Pressure on Non-Consentings - Posted February 28, 2007
Today is a special day in the annals of publishing, as it is technically the last day of Publishers Group West's existence. Tomorrow the company will be known as Transition Vendor, and the switch of many publishers to distribution by Perseus formally begins, reports Shelf Awareness. It's the most obvious sign... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Perseus Front-Runs, but it's Up To the Judge - Posted February 16, 2007
It took a flurry of late night activity, and Judge Christopher Sontchi could decide to do whatever he likes when today's hearing gets underway at 11:30 PST, but for now, it looks like Perseus has the upper hand in the battle for Publishers Group West and its client publishers. PW Daily... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Stalking horses and auctions in sight - Posted February 14, 2007
A flurry of stories preview tomorrow's big auction day where Judge Christopher Sontchi will decide who has the better offer for Publishers Group West: Perseus or National Book Network. PW Daily reports, as does Publishers Marketplace, that NBN President Jed Lyons promised in a... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Hearing Delayed, Baker & Taylor in the Ring - Posted February 12, 2007
PW Daily reports that today's 11 o'clock hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on the sale of Publishers Group West ended in a postponement until later this week. Judge Christopher Sontchi clarified for publishers that they are entitled to sign agreements with both National Book Network and Perseus. He also... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Tell it to the Judge - Posted February 12, 2007
It's a big day in the story of Advanced Marketing Services' Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as Judge Christopher Sontchi is set to rule on various motions pertaining to AMS's future, the competing bids for Publishers Group West by National Book Network and Perseus, and on the most important part of the proceedings:... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: More on NBN Offer and PGW's Options - Posted February 8, 2007
Yesterday's news of the National Book Network's offer to Publishers Group West clients who have been imperiled by the Advanced Marketing Services Chapter 11 filing has, understandably, thrown quite the monkey wrench in what seemed to be an orderly (if steamrolled) handoff of client contracts to Perseus. Since... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: NBN Makes Offer for PGW Publishers - Posted February 7, 2007
If you were a Publishers Group West publisher about to enter into an agreement with Perseus for 70 percent on the dollar to take over your holdings, there's a new offer on the table. The independent distributor National Book Network (NBN) sent a memo yesterday to PGW publishers explaining their terms,... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: PGW Clients Get Perseus Offers - Posted January 31, 2007
PW Daily reports that various Publishers Group West clients are sending back signed agreements to the distributor, though as of this writing, not all publishers have yet received offers. Perseus CEO David Steinberger said he had received "more than 10" contracts since they began coming in yesterday. Late last week, Steinberger... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: the NoCal perspective, AMS's side of the liquidation story - Posted January 29, 2007
The SF Chronicle finally picks up on the AMS bankruptcy story as Ilana DaBare probes the Northern California angle. That's because many of Publishers Group West's clients - like McSweeney's, Amber-Allen and New World Library - set up shot in and around the Bay area, and are still very much reeling... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: More on Perseus's 'White Knight' Status - Posted January 23, 2007
If our coverage of the AMS bankruptcy of late borders on the skeptical, it may be because we can't help but be reminded of one scenario in particular: if Perseus does indeed end up the sole distributor of all 150-odd clients of the entity now called Publishers Group West, then Perseus... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: S&S Bid Rejected, Economies of Scale - Posted January 23, 2007
Buried at the end of Julie Bosman's New York Times piece about Perseus's offer to acquire the distribution contracts of Publishers Group West clients is that the federal bankruptcy court in Delaware rejected a bid by Simon & Schuster to reclaim books in Advanced Marketing Services' inventory that could be valued... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: WSJ Picks up the Story - Posted January 22, 2007
When it comes to the Wall Street Journal, I've learned not to ask the obligatory "what took so long?" question because they seem to go through about triple the research and vetting standards that most of the major newspapers do in order to file stories. And by delaying on the AMS... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: PGW's Rallying Cry, SCB has its say - Posted January 18, 2007
A letter sent yesterday afternoon to Publishers Group West clients by CEO Rich Freese updates them on various matters relating to AMS's Chapter 11 filing. The company continues to do business with Avalon (which jumped ship to Perseus last week) and Freese also adds that "AMS and PGW are speaking with... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Major Shareholder Resigns from Board, PMA Plans PGW Help - Posted January 16, 2007
What's a stockholder to do when he's lost a boatload of money, tried to turn a company around from the inside and received little support? Robert Robotti's answer, announced this morning, was to resign from Advanced Marketing Services' board of directors. Robotti, appointed a director last November, stated that he disagreed... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: PGW Conference Calls, Bankruptcy Court Hearings - Posted January 12, 2007
Publishers Lunch reports that Publishers Group West clients were explained in a conference call yesterday he details of the offer being formulated by Perseus Books Group, which has already secured distribution rights for Avalon Publishing Group and its imprints. The rough plan is for Perseus to pay 70 cents on the... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Avalon Signs with Perseus - Posted January 11, 2007
Publishers Lunch reported late yesterday that the Avalon Publishing Group, which includes Carroll & Graf, Shoemaker & Hoard, Seal Press, Thunder's Mouth Press, Nation Books, Marlowe & Company and Avalon Travel Publishing, has signed a letter of intent to be acquired by the Perseus Books Group. (... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Bankruptcy Court asked to stop publisher claims - Posted January 10, 2007
So reads the headline on Peg Brickley's report for Forbes (picked up by the newswires late yesterday) as Advanced Marketing Services asked a Delware bankruptcy court on Monday to put the brakes on moves by publishers to reclaim millions of dollars in unsold inventory. The company filed a promised motion seeking... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: PGW's Official Statement; Publishers Unite to Fight - Posted January 9, 2007
Yesterday afternoon Publishers Group West President Rich Freese sent out a statement to all PGW publishers outlining the distributor's position in the wake of Advanced Marketing Services' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and what it means for the future of its more than 150 publisher clients. The most important points of the... [GalleyCat]

AMS To Sell Off PGW? - Posted January 8, 2007
So says PW Daily, reporting that it appears increasingly likely that Publishers Group West will be sold off in a deal that could close relatively quickly. Sources said that "well funded" companies have been in discussions about acquiring the company in a transaction separate from any AMS deal. But before anyone starts... [GalleyCat]

A Brief, Somewhat Turbulent History of AMS - Posted January 8, 2007
As the Advanced Marketing Services Chapter 11 Filing takes more twists and turns (many of them appear in a post below) it's helpful to turn the clock back a few years and go through the accounting scandals, fraudulent claims, federal investigations, criminal charges, civil actions, guilty pleas and resignations that have... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: PGW publisher options, legal issues - Posted January 8, 2007
As Advanced Marketing Services's Chapter 11 adventures continue (with the top 20 creditors slated to meet on January 12 to discuss what to do next) attention still rightfully swirls around the future of once-profitable Publishers Group West and the 150-odd independent publishers who are its clients. Last Friday, more than 70... [GalleyCat]

Independent Publishers Get Hurt by AMS Chapter 11 Filing - Posted January 4, 2007
Declaring bankruptcy isn't exactly the best way to begin the new year, but that's exactly what has happened as Advanced Marketing Services filed Chapter 11 papers on December 29. The full text filing is available via ... [GalleyCat]