Friday, April 19, 2024

RIP Tony Schulte, Gentleman Publisher from Random House


What a shame: the New York Times is reporting that Tony Schulte, the former Random House publisher, drowned on June 17th swimming near his house in Maine. I knew Tony when I started at Random House in 1983. He was Bob Bernstein’s right hand man. (No one writes about Bob Bernstein now, but after Bennett Cerf, he was the dynamic leader who made Random House a great publisher in the 1970s and early 1980s.) A dapper dresser, and sharp sharp sharp, Tony was old school with lots of great ideas. The Times is right; he did get them started in audio books. Tony was also a good friend, and someone I could talk to when the people I worked for at Ballantine Books seemed like they were off the wall. (One day, I’ll write a book. They were an insane group.) Tony’s life was all about publishing. His wife, Liz Darhansoff, was and is a great agent. His daughter, Lucy Danziger, is the editor of Self Magazine. Condolences to them and to his family. Tony was 82. He deserved a better ending. But I thank him, belatedly, for being a friend when I was young and needed one. Rest easy, Tony.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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