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Literary Agency In New York Allegedly Suffers Embezzlement Of $3.4 Million

A major literary agency representing some of the biggest names in book publishing is reportedly close to bankruptcy after being allegedly embezzled for $3.4 million by a bookkeeper. The New York-based firm of Donadio & Olson is the alleged victim of the crime. 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. The bookkeeper, Darin W… Read

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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ICM Partners, Samuel French Publishers Link On Foreign Play Rights

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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

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David Heyman And Studio Canal Reteam For Classic Tale ‘The Secret Garden’, Tap Jack Thorne To Adapt

EXCLUSIVE: David Heyman and StudioCanal are reteaming for a feature film adaptation of the classic family book The Secret Garden. Heyman will produce with Rosie Alison through his Heyday Films banner. They have tapped Jack Thorne, arguably the UK’s most in-demand writer, to adapt Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved story about Mary Lennox, a troubled, sickly, orphaned 10-year-old girl sent to live with an uncle after her parents have died in a cholera outbreak in India… Read

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Stone Village Lands B.A. Paris British Bestseller ‘Behind Closed Doors’

EXCLUSIVE: Stone Village Productions' Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell have acquired the film and TV rights to B.A. Paris’  thriller tome Behind Closed Doors. Paris’ debut novel, which is described to have nuances of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, follows Jack and Grace, a couple who appear to have the perfect marriage. But it’s built on a terrifying secret. Following their picture-book wedding, the couple’s honeymoon kicks off a nail-biting pursuit.In the UK, Behi… Read