Blackstone Acquires Clavell Catalog Rights
In a near-seven-figure deal, Blackstone Publishing acquired North American unabridged print and e-book rights, and world rights for audio to all but two books, for bestselling author James Clavell's catalog, in an eight-book deal made by Blackstone head of new business development Rick Bleiweiss and Blackstone CEO Josh Stanton. In all formats, Blackstone will reissue five titles from Clavell’s Asian Saga series, including Shōgun, Tai-Pan, King Rat, Escape, and Whirlwind, as well as Thrump-o-Moto, The Children’s Story, and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, edited and with a foreword by James Clavell. Blackstone will publish all of Clavell’s titles in audio, including Noble House and Gai-Jin, the two books that Blackstone has not acquired at this time for print and e-book. The Clavell Estate was represented in negotiations with Blackstone by Jay D. Kramer, Esq.