Ballantine Books Nabs ‘Into The Dark’ Account Of Thai Cave Rescue Told In Words Of The Rescued & Rescuers
EXCLUSIVE Ballantine Books has acquired world English rights to Into The Dark, a book that the publisher says will, for the first time, chronicle last summer’s rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded Thai cave in the actual words of everyone directly involved.
Susanna Porter is Ballantine’s acquiring editor, and journalist, author and frequent TV pundit Ellis Henican will serve as author along with the principals telling their stories.
Subtitled The Dramatic St… Read
Conde Nast Chief Digital Officer Fred Santarpia Exits Company
Another one bites the digital dust. Conde Nast Chief Digital Officer Fred Santarpia is stepping down from his post after six years with the company. His last day will be November 2.
Santarpia took on a major role in building Conde Nast’s digital business. A memo from Conde Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg said of his exit: “Through dramatic upgrades to our digital products and performance, the ability to scale and monetize our audience and the development of critical digital… Read
Trib’s Tronc Trounced: Tribune Publishing Name Returns Next Week
A little more than two years after Tribune Publishing Co. now infamously changed its name to the Wall Street collective head-scratcher tronc, Inc., the company is officially changing its name back. The Chicago-based publishing company will resume trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol TPCO, replacing TRNC, on October 10.
It’s been a wild ride for the company soon to be formerly known as tronc (that’s with a lower-case “t”) since June 2, 2016, when new then-new chairman… Read
Gawker Gets Ready For A Comeback
UPDATED with comment from Bustle
Gawker is poised to make a comeback next year, according to published reports. The gossip site, which was sued into bankruptcy two years ago by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, was acquired by the founder of Bustle Digital Media, Bryan Goldberg.
In a memo obtained by Variety, Goldberg outlined his plans for bringing back the blog in the first half of 2019.
“We won't recreate Gawker exactly as it was, but we will build upon Gawker's… Read
Encore: Burt Reynolds Has Tales To Tell: Passing On ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’, 007, ‘Die Hard,’ Bonding With Eastwood, McQueen, Newman & Carson But Not Brando
UPDATE: Few in Hollywood had more stories to tell, or told them better than Burt Reynolds. Wanna bet? Read this interview Reynolds did with Deadline while promoting his memoir, with great tales about his interactions with everyone from Bette Davis to Orson Welles, Clint Eastwood and Johnny Carson. He would have told these gems and more had he completed the role in Quentin Tarantino’s film and lived to see it released next year, and it was clear in this interview he was… Read
“What, Me Worry?” MAD Magazine Comes To Snapchat
Snap and DC Entertainment are bring the iconic and irreverent humor of MAD Magazine to Snapchat.
This collaboration, which falls under a global partnership forged by Time Warner (now WarnerMedia) and Snap last year, will bring MAD content to Snapchatters seven days a week, beginning on Sept. 1.
MAD Magazine was The Onion of its era — an influential, satirical magazine that offered humorous commentary on the 20th Century and Cold War-era politics. Launched in the 1950s, it… 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
Outside Magazine Teams With The Gotham Group To Develop Film, TV Projects
EXCLUSIVE: Outside, the magazine which has published feature articles that were the basis for both film and television projects such as Everest, The Perfect Storm, Into the Wild, Blue Crush and 127 Hours, has just teamed up with The Gotham Group for representation for film and television. Outside Studios will produce content for film, television and new media for what will be different platforms and distributors. Outside, which began in 1977 and is owned by the Mariah… Read
‘CSI’ Creator Anthony E. Zuiker Book Venture Pens Deal With Simon & Schuster
Zuiker Press, a new publishing enterprise founded by CSI franchise creator Anthony E. Zuiker and wife Michelle Zuiker, has signed a distribution deal with Simon & Schuster, the Zuikers said today.
Zuiker Press, described as an "issue-based" graphic novel literary house dedicated to championing the voices of young authors, will publish its first two titles this November. In all, eight titles are in production, with two planned for each of the spring and fall seasons… Read
‘Stranger Things’ Books Set For Fall Debut From Penguin Random House
EXCLUSIVE: Penguin Random House will partner with Netflix on a worldwide publishing deal for books based on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Stranger Things, Deadline has learned.
The first two titles, set for a release this fall, will be a behind-the-scences companion book and a hardcover gift book for young readers.
Those two books will be followed next spring by a Stranger Things prequel novel, written by author Gwenda Bond, about Eleven's mother and… Read
Random House Ups Theresa Zoro To Exec VP Marketing & Public Relations
Random House has upped Theresa Zoro to EVP Executive Creative Director, Marketing and Public Relations, effective immediately. Zoro previously was the publishing house’s EVP Director, Publicity and Communications.
In the newly created role, Zoro (above, left) will continue to report to Gina Centrello, Random House president and publisher. She’ll now oversee marketing and consumer insights, while continuing to lead publicity and communications, for the Random House… Read
Assemble Media Taps Macmillan’s Brendan Deneen For Lit & IP Development
EXCLUSIVE: Assemble Media, the New York-based multi-platform production company, has brought on Macmillan Entertainment executive editor Brendan Deneen to serve as Assemble’s President of Literary and IP Development.
Over the past eight years at the publishing house, Deneen edited dozens of books including the bestselling Walking Dead novels co-written by Robert Kirkman.
Deneen also created and ran Macmillan Entertainment, setting up book-to-film projects at Warner… Read