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Nick Harris Forms The Story Foundation; Pay Authors, Hatch Ideas, Share In IP Cash

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 12:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Story Foundation Nick HarrisEXCLUSIVE: Nick Harris, most recently the co-head of ICM’s Media Rights department, has teamed with entertainment financing specialist Jason Traub to form The Story Foundation. It is a funded company that will create intellectual properties that start as books with ancillary life in film, TV and other multi-platform opportunities. Harris will take a hands-on approach in hatching ideas and guiding writers to hone them. Traub has worked as a financier to banks specializing in entertainment, and most recently has been running his own boutique financing company focused on structured lending in the media world. He is also the brother-in-law of Harris, who has brokered book and movie deals at London-based AP Watt, RWSG and ICM. Read More »

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Ellen DeGeneres Wants To ‘Sing You Home’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ellen DeGeneres is teaming with Storyline partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce Sing You Home, a feature film based on the bestselling novel by Jodi Picoult. DeGeneres will be involved solely as producer on this, and I’m told it’s a passion project for her. She optioned it with her own money and enlisted Zadan and Meron. They will develop it themselves.

The novel is about a woman who spends 10 years before finally getting pregnant. Seven months in, the child is stillborn, her distraught husband can’t take anymore and leaves her. She throws herself into her career as a music therapist and unexpectedly develops a romantic relationship with a female guidance counselor. This newfound happiness makes her reconsider having a family again, and she remembers that she and her husband left behind several frozen embryos. Unfortunately, her ex has become involved with an evangelical church, run by a charismatic pastor who has pledged to fight the “homosexual agenda” he feels is endangering traditional family values. The ex-husband and pastor take issue with his ex-wife’s desire to use the embryos. Much the way that Picoult’s novel My Sister’s Keeper found an emotional way into the controversial topic of genetic planning (that book was turned into a movie directed by Nick Cassavetes), Picoult’s Sing You Home takes on the issues of in vitro fertilization and gay rights, arguments that end … Read More »

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Emily Bestler Gets Atria Books Imprint

By | Tuesday February 8, 2011 @ 7:43am PST
Mike Fleming

At the Simon & Schuster division Atria Books, Emily Bestler has been promoted to editor and chief and senior vice president, and she has gotten her own imprint–Emily Bestler Books–which will debut this spring. She has been with S&S for 16 years and her authors include John Connolly, Vince Flynn, Jodi Picoult, Diane Setterfield, Sister Souljah, Brad Thor, Nicole Wallace and Liza Marklund. The imprint will publish fiction and non-fiction.

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