Journalist and best-selling author David Kushner has signed a first-look television deal with Hulu. Under the pact, the streaming platform will have access to Kushner’s complete back catalogue of articles and books, along with all forthcoming pieces of IP. Kushner will be an executive producer on all projects that fall under the deal, along with The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson, Jeremy Bell and DJ Goldberg.
Kushner’s articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired and Esquire, among others. A24 is currently in production on Zola, a stripper saga based on Kushner’s Rolling Stone article. In addition, Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Forrest’s Treasure, inspired by Kushner’s forthcoming book on the treasure of Forrest Fenn, with The Chi executive producer Elwood Reid, McG, the Gotham Group and 20th Century Fox TV.
Kushner’s books also include Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds, Stormed Las Vegas, Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America’s Legendary Suburb, Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto, and Alligator Candy: A Memoir.
Kushner is also author of the graphic novel Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D, illustrated by Koren Shadmi, and the ebook, The Bones of Marianna: A Reform School, a Terrible Secret, and a Hundred-Year Fight for Justice. Two collections of his magazine stories are available as audiobooks, The World’s Most Dangerous Geek: And More True Hacking Stories and Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories.
His next book, The Players Ball: A Genius, A Con Man and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise, publishes in April 2019 from Simon & Schuster.
Kushner’s deal was was negotiated by WME and attorney David Matlof. He’s repped by The Gotham Group and lawyer David Matlof.