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Publication Set For Producer & Former AMPAS President Hawk Koch Memoir

Chinatown, Marathon Man, Rosemary’s Baby and Wayne’s World are just a sampling of the films on Hollywood producer and former assistant director Hawk Koch’s resume, and next November the former Motion Picture Academy president will chronicle his career in a memoir titled Magic Time: My Life in Hollywood. Publishing house Post Hill Press announced the memoir today, describing the book as “the story of his growing up as the namesake son of a legendary producer and how he… Read

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Dav Pilkey’s ‘Dog Man’ Bestsellers Developed For Children’s Stage Musical; Off Broadway Theater, Dates Announced

EXCLUSIVE: Dog Man, the canine-human superhero of a popular kids book series by best-selling Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey, is getting the stage musical treatment. Emmy Award winning duo Kevin Del Aguila and Brad Alexander are on board to write Dog Man: The Musical, with Jen Wineman directing and choreographing the world premiere staging for the not-for-profit TheaterWorksUSA at an Off Broadway theater this summer. TheaterWorksUSA, in partnership with Writers House… Read

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YouTube Seeks To Stop Conspiracy And Fake News From Rising In Its Rankings

YouTube is changing its new video recommendation algorithm to prevent promoting conspiracies and false information, according to a post on its official blog on Friday. The company said it would target content that “comes close to – but doesn’t quite cross the line” of violating its rules. Some contend that YouTube has been helping conspiracy theorists and fake news propigators rise in its rankings when others are looking for legitimate news. YouTube claimed less than… Read

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‘Orphan X’ Author Gregg Hurwitz Inks Deal For Next Three Books In Series

EXCLUSIVE: Gregg Hurwitz, author of the best-selling Orphan X series, has inked what’s described as a “significant seven-figure deal” with publisher Minotaur Books for the next three volumes in the series. The next book in the series, Out of the Dark: The Return of Orphan X, hits shelves on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The series kicked off in 2016 with Orphan X, followed by The Nowhere Man and Hellbent. The Orphan X series follows Evan Smoak, who, after being pulled from his home… Read

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‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Author E L James Pens New Novel: ‘The Mister’ Arrives In April

Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James is about to drop her first novel since the blockbuster S&M-light franchise: The Mister, a contemporary romance set in London, Cornwall, and Eastern Europe, will be published worldwide on April 16. The novel arrives via Vintage Books, the Penguin Random House imprint that launched the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in 2012. The Mister will be published, in the English language, in trade paperback and ebook formats, with simultaneous… Read

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Tribune Publishing And New York Post Make Top Executive Changes

Publishers were coming and going today at two major media outlets. Tribune Publishing Chief Executive Justin Dearborn stepped down after three years, the newspaper company announced Thursday. Chicago newspaper executive Tim Knight was named CEO. He was formerly president of the company and will also join the Tribune Publishing board. Board member David Dreier replaces Dearborn as Tribune Publishing chairman. Ross Levinsohn and Mickie Rosen, the CEO and president… Read

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Billboard And Corporate Parent Valence Media Undergo Layoffs

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Twenty-two people have lost their jobs at Billboard and its corporate parent, Valence Media, in a restructuring of business operations. The reductions were designed to streamline the media company’s business operations and eliminate duplicated positions. Dana Miller, chief marketing officer for Billboard and its sister publication, The Hollywood Reporter, is out, according to a source familiar with the matter. The editorial staff of Billboard and The Hollywood… Read

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Cyberattack From Outside US Disrupts Distribution of LA Times, Other Papers

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What was initially described as a computer virus and subsequently as an organized cyberattack led to delays in the printing and deliveries of the Saturday edition of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and several other major newspapers that operate on a shared production platform as they all were — and some still are — part of Tribune Publishing. Also disrupted was distribution of the West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York… Read

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The Weekly Standard To Close; Anti-Trump Conservative Magazine Was Cable News Pipeline

The Weekly Standard magazine, one of cable news’ trustiest suppliers of traditional conservative voices, is shuttering. Publisher Clarity Media Group announced the closing this morning, drawing the ire of high-profile staffers and the disappointment of readers who stayed loyal to the 23-year-old publication throughout its recent never-Trump era. The final print edition will be published Dec. 17. While praising the magazine’s “dedicated and talented staff,” Clarity CEO… Read

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Michelle Obama Memoir ‘Becoming’ Is Top Book Of 2018; Donald Trump’s Sudden Bibliophilia Explained?

Suddenly, Donald Trump’s newfound interest in books is beginning to make sense: One day after the president tweeted five plugs for books written by right-wing supporters and Fox News pals like Gregg Jarrett and Jeanine Pirro, Penguin Random House has announced that Michelle Obama’s Becoming is officially the best-selling book of 2018. That’s right, the book that called Trump a “misogynist” and accused him of deliberately using the birther nonsense to “stir up the wingnuts… Read

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Margaret Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Book Sequel Set For 2019: ‘The Testaments’ Acquired By Doubleday & Anchor

Margaret Atwood's vision of a post-Handmaid’s Tale world will be revealed next September, when the author’s The Testaments is released, and the creator of all things Gilead promises “almost everything” readers have ever asked about the fictional, oppressive republic that was the inspiration for the new book. The book sequel – which is not connected to Hulu’s TV adaptation of Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale – was announced today with the acquisition of… Read

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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