News Corp’s HarperCollins Agrees To Buy Religious Publisher Thomas Nelson

By | Monday October 31, 2011 @ 12:26pm PDT

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– HarperCollins Publishers today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Thomas Nelson, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of the calendar year, is subject to regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions.

Thomas Nelson is one of the leading trade publishers in the United States. The Company provides multiple forms of inspirational content including: books, Bibles, e-books, journals, audio, video, curriculum and digital applications available for download on “smart” electronic devices. It has published some of the bestselling books in the industry, including the current #1 bestseller Heaven Is For Real, and the books of many popular authors, such as Billy Graham, Max Lucado, and Dave Ramsey.

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Penguin Press Appoints New Publisher

By | Tuesday May 10, 2011 @ 2:24pm PDT

The Penguin Press has tapped Scott Moyers as publisher, the imprint announced today, part of a push to expand its frontlist by 50% during the next year. Moyers was senior editor when Penguin launched in 2003. Since then, Penguin has had three of its titles win Pulitzer Prizes.

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‘Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi Gets Book Deal

By | Thursday April 7, 2011 @ 12:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Aasif Mandvi, the actor/comic best known for being Middle East correspondent on Comedy Central’s Daily Show With Jon Stewart, has closed a deal with Chronicle to write an untitled book of semi-autobiographical essays. Topics include a young Indian boy’s dream … Read More »

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Movie Crowd Crying Foul Over CBS Films/Simon & Schuster ‘Level 2′ Deal

By | Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 2:54pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films just closed a movie option deal for the young adult novel Level 2, right around the same time its sister company Simon & Schuster Children’s Books closed a publishing deal. Value of both is around $500,000, and … Read More »

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Charlie Sheen Now Writing ‘Men’ Expose

By | Saturday February 26, 2011 @ 10:58am PST
Nellie Andreeva

First, it was the Charlie Sheen HBO show that never was. Now comes the Charlie Sheen memoir about his eight years on CBS’ Two and a Half Men. In his daily update to TMZ, the troubled star says he … Read More »

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‘Saw’ Scribes Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan Set Novel ‘Blacklight’ At Little Brown

Mike Fleming

Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan, whose credits include the fourth through seven Saw installments as well as the upcoming Hellraiser remake and the sequel Piranha 3 Double D, are moving into publishing with a Little Brown deal for their first novel, Blacklight. The book is the story of a ghost … Read More »

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Will Hollywood Film Secret Obama Novel?

Mike Fleming

Simon & Schuster today is about to market the heck out of O, its anonymously written and self-proclaimed provocative novel about Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. That’s right — the campaign that hasn’t happened yet. Supposedly, it’s penned by … Read More »

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Gersh Hires Joseph Veltre To Run Book Biz

By | Thursday January 13, 2011 @ 2:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Gersh has hired Joseph Veltre to become head of its book department, where he will broker publishing deals and sell books for film and TV. Veltre had spent the past six years running The Veltre Company, and he’ll bring … Read More »

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‘SVU’ Showrunner Neal Baer Sells 3 Books, Eyes Movie Deal

By | Tuesday January 11, 2011 @ 3:27pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Law & Order executive producer/showrunner Neal Baer is making his novel writing debut with a series of 3 books. The novels, which Baer is writing with SVU co-executive producer Jonathan Greene, have been sold to Kensington. The medical … Read More »

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Wikileaker Julian Assange Claims Memoirs Deal Worth $1.5 Million

By | Tuesday December 28, 2010 @ 4:56am PST
Mike Fleming

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, out on bail after an arrest for an alleged sex crime, has made a deal to write his memoirs for Random House’s Alfred A. Knopf label, and UK’s Canongate Books. More territorial sales will bring in … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Exec/Preacher DeVon Franklin Writes Book On His Double Life

By | Thursday December 16, 2010 @ 5:01pm PST
Mike Fleming

The last thing higher-ups from major studios want from their creative executives is for them to go public with their experiences in the trenches. The notable exception is DeVon Franklin, a Sony Pictures Entertainment exec who is writing a book … Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Glee’ Gets Comic Book Treatment

By | Tuesday December 14, 2010 @ 11:10am PST
Nellie Andreeva

It was pretty much inevitable – after Glee music albums, tours and merchandise, now comes a Glee comic book. Fame: The Cast Of Glee, from Bluewater Prods., “takes a close look at the lives of the actors and creative talent” … Read More »

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Chelsea Handler Launches Publishing Imprint At Grand Central

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After cranking out three bestsellers, E! Entertainment Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler has taken the next step forward. She has been given her own imprint by her publisher, the Hachette Book Group USA division Grand Central Publishing. The imprint, … Read More »

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HBO To Release ‘True Blood’ Graphic Novel

By | Friday November 12, 2010 @ 8:03am PST
Nellie Andreeva

More lucrative extensions for HBO’s flagship series True Blood. HBO will release a True Blood graphic novel, True Blood, Vol.1: All Together Now. on February 8, 2011. It is a compilation of the six issues from the first … Read More »

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David Rosenthal Starts New Penguin Imprint

By | Wednesday November 10, 2010 @ 6:57am PST
Mike Fleming

David Rosenthal is starting a new imprint at Penguin Group USA. Rosenthal was displaced from a long run atop Simon & Schuster by Twelve editor Jonathan Karp early this year. Rosenthal will publish between 24 and 36 books per year, he told the New York Times.

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‘Shoe Addicts’ Producers Land Book By Writer’s Daughter

By | Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 9:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

Galgos Entertainment partners Russell Nuce and Mark Bozek have acquired screen rights to Here Lies Bridget, the debut novel by 21-year old author Paige Harbison. The book’s being published on January 25 by Harlequin Teen. The heroine, Bridget Duke, rules … Read More »

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Scott Rudin Buys ‘Dash And Lily’s Book Of Dares’ for Lena Dunham To Write/Direct

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Scott Rudin Productions has acquired screen rights to David Levithan and Rachel Cohn’s new novel Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, and has attached Tiny Furniture writer/director/star Lena Dunham to write the script and direct. Rudin, who’ll  produce, hasn’t yet set it yet at a studio. Levithan and Cohn previously wrote the novel Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, which was turned into the Peter Sollett-directed film. Knopf publishes Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares today. Two teens, left alone in Manhattan for Christmas, develop a connection when she leaves a notebook full of literary clues at the Strand bookstore and he follows the clues and leaves some of his own. There are dares in the book that lead the characters to crowded places like Macys and FAO Schwartz. Along the way, they reveal information about themselves, leading to an inevitable meeting. Read More »

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George W. Bush Breaks Silence On His Upcoming Book ‘Decision Points’

By | Thursday October 21, 2010 @ 10:38am PDT
Mike Fleming

Just in time for the upcoming elections, former President George W. Bush breaks his silence on his upcoming book Decision Points. The official pub date is November 9 through Crown Publishers, with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. Here’s the video that has just gone up on the Random … Read More »

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Ex-e-Book Foes Random House And Andrew Wylie Make Salman Rushdie Memoir Deal

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: The e-book rift between Random House Worldwide chairman Markus Dohle and lit agent Andrew Wylie really is in the past history books. The duo has formalized a far-reaching deal to publish a memoir by Salman Rushdie. The book will … Read More »

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