Political reporter/author Robert Sam Anson, who sued Simon & Schuster last month for allegedly breaching an agreement to publish his book on the Walt Disney Co., has found a new home for the project — Pantheon Books, a division of Random House.
According to publishing sources, Anson will receive a $ 300,000 advance for the untitled Disney book, which is skedded to be published in fall 1994.
Sources also said that none of the other bidders had ties to movie studios, like in the case of Simon & Schuster and Paramount, both of which are owned by Paramount Communications.
Anson, who was given a $ 400,000 contract to tell the “inside” story behind the success of Disney, alleges that the book was canceled because he dug up inflammatory info about Paramount Communications chairman Martin Davis and other Par and Disney exex.
Simon & Schuster, however, disputed the allegations, saying the book was “seriously behind schedule” and that “the author had been unable to line up all the major interview sources he wanted for the book” (Daily Variety, March 19).
Although Simon & Schuster released Anson to find another publisher, the author is continuing with his $ 1 million suit for compensatory damages.