Macmillan Publishers Starts Film/TV Unit

EXCLUSIVE: In the latest attempt by a book publisher to produce what it publishes, Macmillan Publishers has launched Macmillan Films, a new shingle that will be spearheaded by Brendan Deneen. A former Hollywood development and production executive for Scott Rudin and Harvey & Bob Weinstein, Deneen will start the venture while continuing as an editor at Thomas Dunne Books. Macmillan Films kicks off with a deal with Summit Entertainment for Tempest, a manuscript by Julie Cross that is meant to be the first in a trilogy. The book about a 19-year old time traveler who witnesses his girlfriend’s murder just as he jumps back two years will be published by Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press. Sonny Mallhi is producing while Deneen will be executive producer with Roy Lee. Macmillan Films joins Random House Films and Alloy Entertainment as publishing-based enterprises intent on staying involved in certain projects during the filmmaking process. (more…)

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