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Fifty Shades of Grey = $5,000 bonus for employees

Postby oneh2obabe » Dec 10th, 2012, 1:39 pm

Lesley Ciarula Taylor
Staff Reporter

Sex sells, but it also gives back.

Thousands of Random House employees in Canada and the United States will each receive a $5,000 bonus cheque on Thursday as a “thank you” for a lucrative publishing year.

The erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, published by Random House, have sold 60 million copies worldwide.

Other Random House titles have also raked in profits this year, including Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Wild by Cheryl Strayed and The Racketeer by John Grisham,

“This is a one-time special thank you for a great 2012,” Random House U.S. spokesman Stuart Applebaum told the Toronto Star.

“To my long recollection, this is the first time we have done something of this scope and magnitude.”

A few thousand Random House employees in the U.S. and 170 in Canada will see their bonuses in this Thursday’s paycheques, Random House Canada spokeswoman Tracey Turriff said.

“Everyone from the CEO to the staff in the operating centres will each receive the same amount,” said Applebaum.

Fifty Shades is published in 31 languages but the bonuses are “a North American initiative,” said Turriff.

Employees who’ve worked for Random House for the full year will get $5,000, said Turriff. Newer employees’ bonuses will be pro-rated.

Random House, a division of media giant Bertelsmann and publishing behemoth Penguin Books announced a worldwide merger in October.

http://www.thestar.com/business/article ... -employees
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