Thursday, May 23, 2024

Woody Allen’s Publisher, Hachette, Forced to Drop Filmmaker’s Autobiography Despite Strong Advance Sales


Woody Allen’s publisher, Hachette, turned out to be cowards. They’ve dropped his autobiography, “Apropos of Nothing,” after protests from within the company and pressure from Woody’s estranged children.

This was despite good advance sales. “Apropos” was already at number 245 on People wanted to read it.

But the imprint, Grand Central Books, caved after Ronan Farrow, Woody’s only biological child, made a stink in public. His book, “Catch and Kill,” was already a release from the company. Ronan, originally named Satchel, didn’t think his publisher should publish his father’s book.

“The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one. At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly,” the publisher announced.

“We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books. As publishers, we make sure every day in our work that different voices and conflicting points of views can be heard.”

It’s very disappointing that Michael Pietsch and the rest of that gang at Hachette didn’t have the nerve to stand up for what they believed in.

Meanwhile, Ronan Farrow and his adopted sister, Dylan, who know nothing of the truth of what really happened back in 1992, continue to ignore the fact that their mother’s brother, John Farrow, is serving time for child molestation in Maryland. He’s the only person who was arrested for and convicted of that crime in their family. Farrow’s victims are invisible to Mia Farrow and her children.


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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