Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/18/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Andrew Chambliss (ONCE UPON A TIME) has a new overall deal with ABC studios, where he’ll continue writing-producing ONCE and develop new projects as well. (Congrats, Andrew. Although just between you and the munchy one, your talent is horribly wasted on that show. Hope...

Monday News: Home pages, cheap smartphones, Roxane Gay on Zadie Smith, and public libraries

Are home pages dying? And what is the value of a shadow reader? - Although this post is a somewhat short response to an other post by Ezra Klein at Vox, I think it’s worth reading both, in part for Tyler Cowen’s identification of the “shadow reader,” or someone who can identify a site’s content with...

Hachette to Amazon: Let’s Rumble

In one corner, Amazon, the heavyweight online retailer; in the other corner, Hachette Book Group, parent of numerous leading imprints including Little, Brown and Company and Grand Central Publishing. In the early rounds of the bout, both sides have taken bruising hits. As the latest to cry foul over Amazon’s strong arm business tactics, however,...

5 Writers chosen for Universal’s First-Ever Emerging Writers Fellowship

by Team TVWriter™ News Service Universal Pictures has announced the five writers who have been selected to participate in the studio’s inaugural Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship, which is aimed at identifying and cultivating emerging voices in storytelling and screenwriting . Universal’s co-presidents of production Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, who will oversee the participants, announced that the 2014-2015...

Friday News: Net Neutrality vote, Scarlett Johansson sues over French novel, Chipotle offers free fiction, and Rebecca Solnit on mainsplaining

FCC Advances Controversial Proposal on Net Neutrality – The FCC voted 3 to 2 to move forward with its current proposal (a link to which can be found in the article). Among the proposal’s elements is the potential for so-called “Internet fast lanes,” which net neutrality proponents have been fighting against. An earlier Mashable post...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/15/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Rod Lurie (LINE OF FIRE) is developing a Fox “event series” about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (Proving conclusively to His Munchiness, AKA, me, that the Rodster has absolutely no judgment. In other words, I admit that I find this disgustingly cynical and just...

Thursday News: Mary Stewart dies, Jill Abramson leaves the New York Times, a real-life cross cultural love story, and a drinkable book

Obituary – Mary Stewart – Romantic fiction legend Mary Stewart, whose work inspired novels in many genres, from historical Romance to Fantasy, has passed away. Unfortunately, this is the only obituary I could find online, and it requires a subscription to the times for a complete read. So if anyone else has a better source...

TV Writers Room Diversity – Can It Happen?

That isn’t exactly the question the following article is asking. But it’s definitely the 500 pound elephant in the (writers?) room: Diversifying television with tax credits for the writer’s room by Jenna Flanagan Anyone watching television has certainly noticed an increase in the diversity of the casts of most scripted television shows. But what about...

Wednesday News: a new Authors Alliance, writing reviews without litigation, homogenizing and “othering” Africa, and another 19th C marriage manual

Founder of Just-Launched Authors Alliance Talks to PW – Into the mammoth-sized vacuum created by the current leadership of the Authors Guild comes a new organization called the Authors Alliance. Set to launch on May 21st, this organization, founded by Pamela Samuelson, UC Berkeley Professor of Law, is setting itself apart from the Guild right...

TV’s Showrunner Crisis: Many Projects Struggle to Find Experienced Writing Producers

Interesting article. So is LB’s comment at the end: by Nellie Andreeva via Team TVWriter™ News Service via TVBizwire via Deadline The search for experienced showrunners around the end of the development season is becoming “an annual tradition,” writes Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com, with increasing numbers of newly picked-up series “in need of a seasoned showrunner every...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/12/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Jonathan Hickman‘s graphic novel, Pax Romana has been put into development at Syfy. Special Forces! Time travel! Ancient Rome! World War III! (Whoever writes this is gonna have one hell of a glorious time. Call your agent and make that writer you. Or, if you’re...

Tuesday News: Fake memoirist must pay back publisher; made-to-order libraries; preserving digital books; and 100-year old how-to manuals

Author of fake Holocaust memoir ordered to return $22.5m to publisher – In another chapter of the strange case of Misha Defonseca, the author of the fake Holocaust Memoir has been ordered by a judge to return $22.5 million that she won in another suit against her US publisher. Defonseca’s bestselling book was even made...

LB: 3 Weeks Left to Enter the People’s Pilot

…So don’t just sit there thinking about it - DO IT! Members of the staffs of CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, GREY’S ANATOMY, ROME, NTSF:SD:SUV, KILLER WOMEN, ANIMAL PRACTICE, SMALLVILLE, HBO’s upcoming THE LEFTOVERS, and other great, good, and, well, mediocre series have been entrants to this contest...

Monday News: Router company threatens a reviewer; credit card technology changing; the Amazon-Hachette spat; and ornamental alphabets

How Does A Negative Amazon Review Result In Threats Of A Lawsuit? – This is a fascinating, frightening story of how an Amazon review of an wireless router earned the reviewer a threatened lawsuit and the router company a ban on selling its products on Amazon. I highly recommend reading the story for all of...

Global E-Book Report 2014

Sell globally, publish locally. As the eBook market develops and matures, observers are noting patterns that repeat themselves from country to country. Infrastructure is critical, of course. As access to the Internet grows, online distribution channels and reading platforms follow closely behind. And yet location still matters. From tax policies to legislated pricing levels to...

Friday News: Bye, bye Sony; 3-d makeup printer; Romance novel survey; and a French portrait mystery

Sony Reader Store to Close in the UK, Germany, Austria, and Australia June 16th – Well, that didn’t take long. Two months after closing the Sony Reader Store in the United States and Canada, Sony is pulling out of almost all its other markets, including Australia, the UK,and Germany, signaling an abandonment of the digital...

Harlequin Is Swept Away

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” For HarperCollins, who announced the purchase this week of romance publisher Harlequin, the ways certainly add up. In the digital age, though, does $415 million buy HarperCollins publishing happiness? “Most book publishing imprints operate as business-facing companies. Consumers generally don’t develop loyalty to imprints, with a...

TV Writing is the Hippest, Trendiest, um, Trend. Yeah, that’s it. Wow.

Everybody’s getting into the act: European Writers’ Room Aims to Beat Americans at TV Game by Naharnet Newsdesk It could be a scene from a television drama: five Germans, three Frenchmen, a Briton, an Italian, a Bulgarian and a Hungarian, all cooking up a plot together in their London hideout. But this not-so-dirty dozen are on...

Thursday News: Critics and novelists; Asian American masculinity; Voltaire and the mathematician; and Science Fiction’s lament

Do Critics Make Good Novelists? – This week’s Bookends column — between Daniel Mendelsohn and Leslie Jamison — is a pretty interesting contemplation of the relationship between literary critic and novelist. Mendelsohn seems to suggest that critics are unsuited to writing fiction, while Jamison suggests that the prejudice against critics who also write fiction predetermines...