NBC News Unveils Ebook Publishing Initiative

By | Monday January 23, 2012 @ 9:36am PST

The line between publishing and showbiz just got a little narrower: NBC News says that it has launched a new unit, NBC Publishing, that will produce ebooks based on works from its shows including Dateline, Today, and the NBC Nightly News. It … Read More »

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Janet Evanovich Shopping New Book Deal

Mike Fleming

sizzling-sixteenSo, just as I reported, author Janet Evanovich’s agent/son Peter is shopping a new book deal after St. Martin’s Press turned down a $50 million, 4-book extension. (St. Martin’s Losing Biggest Fiction Author) I’m told the deal is being shopped to other publishers. The … Read More »

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St Martin’s Losing Biggest Fiction Author

Mike Fleming

janetIn a shocking development, bestselling author Janet Evanovich is leaving St. Martin’s Press after 15 years. The publisher refused to pay her request for $50 million for her next four books — so now her son/agent Peter Evanovich is expected to … Read More »

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Warner Bros and De Line Pictures Win Book Auction For ‘Ready Player One’

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 7:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

In a high six-figure upfront deal, Warner Bros and De Line Pictures won a heated auction for screen rights to Ready Player One, the debut novel by Fanboys screenwriter Ernie Cline. The movie auction occurred hours a day after the book scored a mid six-figure publishing deal from Random House … Read More »

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‘Fanboys’ Scripter Makes Fat Book Deal

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 5:41pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Fanboys screenwriter Ernie Cline scored a mid-six figure advance from Random House for North American rights to Ready Player One, his debut young adult novel. International rights are being shopped, and the movie crowd will be kicking the tires on it starting tomorrow Farah Films & Management’s Dan Farah and … Read More »

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Demi Moore Lands $2 Million For Book

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 11:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

demi-moore-20061202-184839Demi Moore will write her book for HarperCollins. While she hasn’t been burning it up with movie roles like she used to, her reps at Janklow-Nesbit are closing a deal worth $2 million,. The book will be edited by Jennifer Barth, … Read More »

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‘Bree Tanner’ Set For Year’s UK Bestseller

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 5:07am PDT

Bree TannerPublisher Little, Brown tells me Stephenie Meyer’s novella “for the fans” has sold 226,589 copies so far in the UK. Waterstones, the largest bookshop chain, expects it to be the biggest-selling book of the year.

The £11:99 ($17.8) Twilight novella … Read More »

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Simon & Schuster Hooks Karp As Publisher

By | Thursday June 3, 2010 @ 7:21am PDT
Mike Fleming

JonKarpTie-3114Simon & Schuster confirmed this morning that Jonathan Karp is its new executive vice president and publisher. Deadline told you yesterday that he would get the job after S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy fired David Rosenthal, who’d been in the post the … Read More »

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Simon & Schuster Shakeup: David Rosenthal Out And Jonathan Karp In

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 5:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: There is a major shakeup in the works atop publishing imprint Simon & Schuster. I’m hearing that Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy is removing S&S publisher David Rosenthal. And sources tell me that replacing him will be Jonathan Karp, the former publisher of the Twelve … Read More »

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Deaver To Write Next James Bond Novel

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 5:30am PDT

jefferydeaver_cjanieaireyresizeIan Fleming Publications has chosen American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver to write a new James Bond book.

The novel, whose title hasn’t been revealed yet, will be published next May on what would have been Fleming’s birthday. Hodder & Stoughton, Deaver’s publishers … Read More »

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Roger Ebert, Demi Moore Ready To Tell Tales In Memoirs

By | Tuesday May 18, 2010 @ 4:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

People Roger EbertThe film critic Roger Ebert and actress Demi Moore are looking to write their memoirs. Ebert has set a deal with Grand Central Publishing for a book that will include his run with At the Movies co-host … Read More »

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Focus & Random House Films Partner On Project With Brad Pitt & Darren Aronofsky

By | Tuesday May 11, 2010 @ 6:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

www.randomhouse.comThe grand experiment between Focus Features and Random House to co-finance films from the publisher’s books continues to put some interesting projects in development. The latest: Brad Pitt and Darren Aronofsky have attached themselves to produce The Tiger, a drama based … Read More »

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Baba Booey Signs Big Book Deal For Fall

By and | Wednesday April 28, 2010 @ 12:14pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Wow, everyone connected with Howard Stern just keeps getting richer and richer (in addition to the King Of All Media himself, of course). gary stern 3The Howard Stern Show’s longtime radio producer, Gary Dell’Abate, has just signed a … Read More »

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Hollywood Reporter Hires New Publisher

By | Monday April 26, 2010 @ 7:41am PDT

THR logo2 It’s former OK! Magazine publisher Lori Burgess. Richard Beckman, CEO of e5 Global Media, made the announcement this morning. Burgess was previously publisher of OK! Magazine since October 2008. Prior to joining OK!, Burgess was SVP Publishing Director … Read More »

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At Light London Book Fair, Excitement Over Hillenbrand’s Olympian War Hero Tale

By | Tuesday April 20, 2010 @ 3:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

volcanic-ash-columnConsidering that volcanic ash has hurt Hollywood’s presence at the London Book Fair, should it be a surprise that the one book that has the movie crowd excited has a cloud over its rights? Most studios stayed away from London, with … Read More »

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Volcanic Ash Stresses London Book Fair

By | Friday April 16, 2010 @ 6:37am PDT
Mike Fleming

Several editors and agents are informing me that the eruption of that volcano in Iceland Thursday is wreaking havoc on those trying to get to the London Book Fair, which starts Monday and runs through Wednesday.  European publishers are already canceling meetings, and in the U.S., the flight situation is … Read More »

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More On Variety’s (& RBI’s) Sale…

By | Friday February 22, 2008 @ 1:30pm PST

I’ve been talking to some very smart folks over the past 24 hours about the just-announced sale of Reed Business Information, including Variety, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. Here are some excerpts from conversations:

“It is what Reed Elsevier says it is. Reed is changing the entire portfolio. … Read More »

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Worse News For New Line: Tolkien Sues

By | Monday February 11, 2008 @ 3:01pm PST

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News reports say the estate of Lord of the Rings creator J.R.R. Tolkien is suing New Line Cinema, claiming the company failed to pay a cut of gross profits for the movies based on Tolkien’s books. The news comes just as the future of New Line … Read More »

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Judith Regan’s Bombshell Lawsuit Against Murdoch’s News Corp; Fired Because She “Could Sink Rudy’s Campaign”

By | Tuesday November 13, 2007 @ 2:40pm PST

regan1.jpgUPDATE: Fired book publisher Judith Regan filed a $100 million lawsuit today accusing Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers and her boss Jane Friedman, of orchestrating a smear campaign that was intended to advance the Murdoch political … Read More »

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