‘Parks And Recreation’ Town Getting Book Treatment Via NBCUniversal & Hyperion

By | Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 1:07pm PDT

Here’s a novel concept: NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group and Hyperion Books are teaming to publish Pawnee: The Greatest Town In America, a book “written” by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. Pawnee, … Read More »

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Borders Chapter 11 Filing Another Blow To Brick And Mortar Set

By | Wednesday February 16, 2011 @ 7:00am PST
Mike Fleming

In what seemed an inevitable move once it fell behind on vendor payments, the brick and mortar bookseller Borders officially filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy today as management attempts to figure out a way to keep afloat the Borders and Waldenbook … 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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Summit Lands Frankfurt Book Fair Sensation ‘The Night Circus’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment has acquired world rights to The Night Circus, a first novel by Erin Morgenstern that will be published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group in September. The book is the story of two young prodigy illusionists in the 19th Century who are groomed to battle out their fathers’ … Read More »

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UK Kids Books Aim To Replace Harry Potter

By | Friday December 3, 2010 @ 1:05pm PST

Just last week, the literary agent for UK author Patrick Ness was in Los Angeles discussing film rights to his celebrated Chaos Walking children’s book trilogy. “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say,” is the brilliant opening line of the first book The Knife Of Never Letting Go but Ness’ agent Michelle Kass tells me she has been deliberately holding off selling the rights, despite big Hollywood interest, until after Candlewick published the final book Monsters of Men in September. But Kass admits there are some problems with trying to turn Chaos Walking into the next Harry Potter. “First, the book takes place in a world where everybody can hear everybody else’s thoughts. Second, it has some very adult moments. But I think that the Chaos Walking books could be turned into an astounding film, and it’s not just a children’s film.” Her trip west couldn’t be better timed. It comes just as British Prime Minister David Cameron is exhorting the UK film industry to make more fantasy films based on bestselling British children’s authors, even going so far as to tell the House of Commons: “I think one of the keys to Warner’s success is the Harry Potter film franchise which they have been making. There is a great tip and key for filmmakers here. That is, we have got to make films people want to watch.”

Warner Bros in particular has been searching for another British kids fantasy franchise to replace Harry Potter now that it’s coming to an end. It needs to put something in its $161 million studio facility that will reopen in north London in mid-2012. The studio has just renewed its option on UK educator turned author Joseph Delaney’s children’s fantasy series, The Spook’s Apprentice, which has been in development since 2005 and is now called Seventh Son. Sergei Bodrov has been hired to direct, and Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are co-financing. They’re co-producing with Lionel Wigram, executive producer of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and a new children’s author himself, and Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road (Clash Of The Titans). The book tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who is apprenticed to a forbidding wizard though I’m told the Warner Bros’ script now concentrates on the 2 teenage characters in the novel. Sounds like they’re making it more Harry Potter-ish. 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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Hot Promo: Denis Leary’s New Book

By | Wednesday November 10, 2010 @ 8:19am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Denis Leary goes Hollywood with the promo campaign for his new book, Suck on This Year: LYFAO@140 Characters or Less, a compilation of his tweets. Here is a look at the movie trailer-type ad for the book.

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Lionsgate Puts Scribe In Pregnancy Mode

Mike Fleming

Lionsgate plans to turn Heidi Murkoff’s bestselling how-to manual What to Expect When You’re Expecting into a blueprint for a romantic comedy, and has hired Whip It! scribe Shauna Cross to rewrite the first draft by Heather Hach. The book … 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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Universal Sets Scribe For Fantasy ‘Sweep’

By | Wednesday October 20, 2010 @ 12:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures has hired Robert Nelson Jacobs to adapt Sweep for Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show banner to produce with Alloy Entertainment. The Cate Tiernan young adult fantasy novel is about a 16-year old who learns she’s a blood witch, descended from an ancient, powerful line.

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ICM Expanding Its Books-To-Film Division

EXCLUSIVE: ICM has hired Nick Harris to co-head its books-to-film department in the agency’s Los Angeles office. Harris and Josie Freedman will co-head the department, which also includes veteran agent Ron Bernstein. Harris is expected to join the agency on November … Read More »

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Book Trade Picking Up As Frankfurt Opens

Agents tell me international publisher demand for celebrity biographies is dipping. But the reps and publishers I’ve spoken to are quietly confident business overall will be better at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair which opens today – at least compared to the disastrous London market in April.  Laura Morris, an independent agent who represents film author David Thomson, says, “There’s a feeling that things are getting better. Christmas books still do well. The interest in Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Freedom shows you can still make a big splash with books.” “Yes, the market does seem to be picking up, but quietly,” says literary agent Julian Friedmann of Blake Friedmann. But fewer people will travel to Frankfurt this year. Read More »

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Del Toro Promoting Newest Novel ‘The Fall’

By | Sunday October 3, 2010 @ 7:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Guillermo del Toro is at The Grove in Los Angeles tonight for a few hours that began at 7 PM to sign copies of The Fall, the second installment of The Strain vampire trilogy novel that he wrote with Chuck Hogan (whose book Prince of Thieves was turned into The Town by Ben Affleck). Published last week, the book has already hit No. 8 on The New York Times bestseller list. That’s a slot higher on the list than his first book, The Strain. Tonight is one of the last signing sessions after Del Toro did stops in San Francisco, New York and Seattle. He said that while fans are most curious about his plans to direct an adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness with James Cameron for Universal, many implore him to make one more installment of Hellboy. Read More »

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Channing Tatum To Star In, Produce ‘The Contortionist’s Handbook’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Channing Tatum is set to star in The Contortionist’s Handbook, the film adaptation of the Craig Clevenger novel that will be financed by GreeneStreet Films and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as a co-production  between those companies and DAS Films. Production … Read More »

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CBS Films Thinks Brit Novel Has Ex Factor

By | Tuesday July 27, 2010 @ 6:34am PDT

The network’s movie arm has optioned The Ex Files, a 2003 chick-lit novel by Jane Moore, a columnist on Murdoch tabloid The Sun. Veteran TV and film producer Leonard Goldberg will produce. The Ex Files is about a a couple … Read More »

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Halle Berry Fits ‘Shoe Addicts Anonymous’

By | Wednesday July 21, 2010 @ 5:28pm PDT
Mike Fleming

320498EXCLUSIVE: Halle Berry has committed to lead an ensemble cast in Shoe Addicts Anonymous, an adaptation of the bestselling St. Martin’s Press novel by Beth Harbison. Directing is Paul Weiland, the British helmer whose film credits include Made of Honour and … Read More »

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