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‘White Like Her’ Optioned For TV Series By FGW Productions

EXCLUSIVE: The bestselling book White Like Herauthor Gail Lukasik’s personal exploration about her mother’s decision to hide her African American heritage and pass for white, has been optioned by FGW Productions (Who Killed Tupac?)White Like Her will be adapted as a dramatic TV series. The book, published last year by Skyhorse Publishing, was inspired by Lukasik’s appearance on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. Vowed to secrecy until her mother’s death, Lukasik revealed on… Read


Bookkeeper Sentenced For Stealing More Than $3M From NY Literary Agency

UPDATE: A former bookkeeper who embezzled millions of dollars from a major literary agency has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. Darin Webb was convicted of stealing from the New York-based firm of Donadio & Olson. The firm represents authors James Hynes, Chuck Palahniuk and Rick DeMarinis, as well as the estates of Robert Stone, Mario Puzo, Frank Conroy, Nelson Algren, Peter Matthiesen and Studs Terkel. "This chain of events leaves me close to broke,"… Read


Author-Songwriter Amy S. Foster Signs On To Pen ‘Red Sonja’ Book

EXCLUSIVE: Red Sonja has been raising her sword in comic books since the 1970s, hit the big screen in 1985 (and will again), stopped by for a visit on the late-’90s syndicated TV series Conan and was animated in 2016’s Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues. Now, finally, she’s getting her own traditional longform book, and author-songwriter Amy S. Foster has signed to write it. Whether the bikini armor survives the transition, well, not likely. Foster has signed a deal with Red… Read


Sony Pictures Television Acquires Wattpad Story ‘Death Is My BFF’

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to Katarina E. Tonks's story series Death Is My BFF, which bowed via Wattpad, the Toronto-based storytelling app that combines crowdsourced content and other material. Paul Shapiro, who brought the project to Sony, will executive produce under his All In Media banner, along with Wattpad’s Aron Levitz and Eric Lehrman. Tonks's Death Is My BFF series of stories have more than 92 million reads to date on… Read


Michelle Obama Memoir ‘Becoming’ Set For November Release

Michelle Obama’s memoir will be titled Becoming and is set for a November release by the Crown Publishing Group. The news was released via Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, the publisher for the Crown imprint. It was also tweeted by the former first lady. "Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience,” said Michelle Obama in a statement. “It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life… Read


Sheriff David Mamet Lays Down The Law: “No Talking *After* The Show”

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and inveterate polemicist and provocateur David Mamet is suddenly the talk of the rialto on both sides of the Atlantic. Why? His revised licensing contract through the Dramatists Play Service now includes a clause prohibiting producers from offering talk-backs within two hours of a performance. Violators risk the loss of the license and a fine of $25,000 for each offending session. Long a fixture of… Read


With The Story Factory, Shane Salerno Is “Revolutionizing The Way Authors Can Be Represented” — Deadline Disruptors

Shane Salerno was an established screenwriter and documentary filmmaker when a conversation with novelist Don Winslow several years ago first spawned a now-substantial business, brokering book and movie deals for authors. "Don and I had been friends for years," Salerno says, "and one day he told me, 'I've had it, I'm tired of writing these books that get all this acclaim, and no sales, no marketing, no promotion, no support from my publisher. So, I quit.' I said, 'Really… Read


‘Superman Vs The KKK’ In Works From Lotus, Paperchase & Marco Vicini

Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films are teaming with financier and executive producer Marco Vicini to produce Superman vs. the KKK, a film of Rick Bowers’ 2012 YA nonfiction book being adapted for a general audience. Bowers’ book (full title: Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate) chronicled the creation of a real-life 1946 radio drama in which Superman took on a thinly-veiled version of the actual Klan… Read


Paramount TV & Anonymous Content Team With Shonali Bose To Adapt ‘The Windfall’ Indian Novel As TV Series

Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to develop Indian author Diksha Basu's upcoming debut novel The Windfall as a TV series. Indian filmmaker Shonali Bose (Margarita With A Straw) is attached to write and direct the potential pilot, with Rosalie Swedlin and Doreen Wilcox Little executive producing for Anonymous Content under the company’s first-look deal with Paramount TV. Set to be published in June by Penguin Random House imprint Crown, The Windfa… Read


Netflix Taps Maria B. Campbell Associates As Literary Scouts

Maria B. Campbell Associates

Netflix has retained international literary consulting company Maria B. Campbell Associates as exclusive literary scouts for the internet TV network in New York and the UK. This is the first time Netflix, which has been ramping up production of original movies and series, has hired literary scouts. As literary scouts, Maria B. Campbell and her colleagues identify adult and children's books for adaption to film and television — a capacity in which they will consult for… Read


Alec Baldwin Teams With Kurt Andersen On Donald Trump Faux Memoir

Alec Baldwin probably couldn’t have chosen anyone less esteemed than himself in the eyes of Donald Trump: Saturday Night Live’s favorite Trump will collaborate with novelist and longtime Trump needler Kurt Andersen on faux memoir You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump. The satirical memoir, with Baldwin reading the audiobook, will be published by Penguin Press with a November target… Read


ICM Partners, Samuel French Publishers Link On Foreign Play Rights

ICM Partners

EXCLUSIVE: Talent and literary agency ICM Partners, and theatrical publishing and licensing company Samuel French Inc. have formed a new strategic partnership to co-represent ICM's foreign stage rights in all languages worldwide. To head up the move, 19-year veteran agent Buddy Thomas will move from ICM to the new position of Director of International Licensing at Samuel French. Thomas previously represented ICM's international catalogue of writers, artists and premiere… Read