View Full Version : Bill Maher's Publisher Seeking Bankruptcy After $2.8 Million Court Loss

09-13-2003, 05:25 AM
Michael Viner, a Hollywood publisher best known for books tied to scandals, is seeking bankruptcy protection for his company, New Millennium Entertainment. Last month, a jury ordered New Millennium to pay $2.8 million to a bookstore owner for breach of contract and other improprieties

The bankruptcy filing on Wednesday was the latest turn in a wrangle that began last summer when David Baldacci, a best-selling thriller writer, sued New Millennium. Baldacci contended that the company had improperly tried to capitalize on his reputation by packaging a short story collection to look like one of his novels.

Viner, a former music and TV producer, is best known for publishing books related to the O.J. Simpson murder trial in the mid-1990's, including the diary of a juror in the case. He also recently published a best-selling book by the political talk show host Bill Maher after the ABC television network canceled Maher's show.

This week, Viner agreed to publish a memoir by Jayson Blair, a former reporter for The New York Times who left the newspaper this spring after committing numerous journalistic frauds.

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