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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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‘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

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‘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 ThingsDeadline 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

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Random House Ups Theresa Zoro To Exec VP Marketing & Public Relations

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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

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Assemble Media Taps Macmillan’s Brendan Deneen For Lit & IP Development

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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

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Penguin Random House Promotes Execs; Nina Von Moltke Takes Strategic Development Role

Penguin Random House has promoted senior exec Nina von Moltke to the newly created role of President, Director of Strategic Development, Penguin Random House U.S. The promotion was among several staffing changes announced today by Madeline McIntosh, CEO, Penguin Random House U.S. Von Moltke, who will continue reporting to McIntosh and serving on the company’s U.S. board, is a sixteen-year veteran of the publishing company, with experience in digital publishing, corporate… Read

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Crime Writer Lisa Scottoline Signs Six-Book Deal With Putnam

Best-selling mystery author Lisa Scottoline has inked a six-book deal with publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons, leaving St. Martin’s Press. The deal, coming after Scottoline’s recent successes with novels After Anna and One Perfect Lie, will include the writer’s first domestic thriller and her first work of historical fiction. Ivan Held, the president of G.P. Putnam's Sons who negotiated the deal with with Robert Gottlieb, Chairman at Trident Media Group, for North American… 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