A Couple of Major Film Players Move into the eBook Biz


Barry Diller And Scott Rudin In Talks To Launch E-Book Business
by Mike Fleming

Barry Diller and Scott Rudin are in exploratory talks to launch an e-book business for both fiction and non-fiction. I’m told they have had a lot of exploratory conversations and I expect an announcement of a venture launch shortly with major investment capital. The ramifications will be interesting.

Both Diller and Rudin are big players in media. Diller’s track record includes the new Aereo TV streaming service, IAC/InterActive Corp., TicketMaster and before that Fox (where Rudin became his president of production) and Paramount Pictures. Rudin is a prolific veteran producer of book-to-film and stage adaptations that most recently have included Best Picture Oscar nominees True Grit, The Social Network and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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This is a bigger story than Mike Fleming makes it because these two guys, in addition to being BigMedia honchos/darlings and right up among those considered hell pretty damn tough to work with or for, don’t get involved in anything unless there’s a ton of money involved.

In other words, if Diller and Rudin are behaving as though eBooks are the future, then eBooks are the future. Highly monetized eBooks. eBooks whose publishers will rake in huge bucks no matter what intellectual pirates “steal.”

We’re going to keep our eyes on this development and see just what biz plan they come up with. Because it’s going to be a good one…and wouldn’t it be terrific if writers could adapt that plan and do without pricks unwanted partners/employers like these?

Quick! Name the One Choice the Teen Choice Awards Don’t Offer

The Teen Choice Awards were held last night, and guess what winner wasn’t picked?

Why, that’s right. You’re amazing. There was no “Best Teleplay” or “Best Screenplay” award. No “Best Teleplay” or “Best Screenplay” category either.

We know, we know…teens don’t pay attention to the creators of their beloved shows and films and can’t be expected to. Only – they do. At least, when it came to books we and our friends certainly knew who the good writers were not so long ago when we were that age…and the bad ones too.

Are these teens or pre-teens? God, I’m all of 26 and I already can’t tell

So why can’t teenagers be aware of the writing and the writers that underlie the TV shows movies they watch? What if we went way beyond not expecting them to know and insteadtrained them to pay attention to the writers (and, maybe, the directors and producers, although we at TVWriter™ really don’t give a Disney about them)?

How would such training take place? Simple – by making “Best Teleplay” and “Best Screenplay” categories. Putting the winning writers on the air. Glorifying them just the way we do the stars whose jobs are to say the writers’ words?

Nothing’s better at creating public awareness than TV, remember?

Just sayin’.

Yes, this is a toddler agent, the perfect match for a teen writer. Those of you who know the Biz know how perfect this is.



Just, you know, musing.

For those not quite in the know: Alan Spencer, TVWriter™ and LB buddy, created/wrote/produced both series. You’ve missed your chance at first-run SLEDGEHAMMER, but BULLET IN THE FACE debuts on IFC next month.

And, speaking of BULLET IN THE FACE, Dish Network has dropped IFC and all the AMC networks. Which could be a problem for viewers, humor aficionados like us, BULLET IN THE FACE as a series, and even the godawful rich and successful Alan Spencer.

Big guns and helicopters and bombs and the pretty actors and actresses that support them cost money. Help Alan indulge his expensive habits. Dish subscribers don’t have to take this lying down. Find out what you can do.

And while we’re at it, Dish customers have also just been screwed out of:

Okay, so KENDRA and BRAXTON are no big deal, but the others – c’mon.

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