A month after ICM signed New York Magazine to try and whip up some TV and movie action for the weekly’s feature articles, Sony Television has acquired two articles for potential telepics. Sony optioned: A Serial Killer in Common, about the Long Island serial killer whose victims began being discovered right off a desolate beach road, and the families who have bonded over the search for the killer and the question of who their sisters really were; and Paw Paw and Lady Love, an article by Dan Lee that looked back at late pop culture icon Anne Nicole Smith, a life and death that played out in front of the cameras, and the Supreme Court case that finally settled the issue of her marriage to a 90-year old billionaire. The court finally ruled that Smith’s estate was not eneitled to the $475 million inheritance that had been awarded to her while she was alive. ICM has optioned over 30 articles for TV and film for The New York Times since signing the newspaper as a client.
The competition for writers between New York Magazine and The New York Times has taken a dramatic turn: New York Magazine editor Adam Moss has poached Frank Rich, the former theater critic who was one of the most important editorial voices at the newspaper. The magazine announced its Rich “get” this morning. He’d been an Times’ op-ed columnist since 1994. When he was drama critics from 1980 to 1993, a withering review from Rich would serve as a Broadway show’s epitaph because his opinion mattered that much. Rich has also had a relationship with HBO. He has been involved in several development projects. He’s an exec producer on Veep, which goes into production this week, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus playing the Vice President of the United States. The half-hour show, written by Armando Ianucci, focused on the role of veep and how little power she actually has and how frustrated she is by it. Before the Rich move, sparring between the publications was focused on wrangling contributors from The New York Times Magazines as former Timesman Moss has worked to improve NY Mag’s content. Here’s the official announcement:
New York, NY, March 1, 2011—New York Magazine editor-in-chief Adam Moss announced today that Frank Rich will be joining the magazine, beginning in June. Rich will be an essayist for the magazine, writing monthly on politics and culture, and serve as an editor-at-large, editing a special monthly section anchored by his essay. He
… Read More »