Somebody Thinks This is a Good Idea? WTF?

TVBizwire.Com has made the announcement to end all announcements:

‘American Idol’ Production Company Working on Project With ‘thirtysomething’ Co-Creator About the Rise of One of the Most Hated Men in History

FremantleMedia, the production company behind “American Idol” and “X Factor,” is working on a project about the rise of one of the most hated men in history.

That would be the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in Germany. The project is based on the Andrew Nagorsi book “Hitlerland,” reports

It’s one of FremantleMedia’s highest-profile scripted projects yet, and the company is working with Emmy Award winner Marshall Herskovitz, a veteran film and TV writer and producer, on the drama project.

Herskovitz, who with his writing partner Ed Zwick created the series “thirtysomething” and “Once & Again,” will write the adaptation and executive produce with producer and manager Alan Gasmer, the story notes.

The series will focus on Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s.

“Berlin during the 1920s and ’30s was so alive, so filled with promise, so incredibly modern — even today, much of what we think of as new or avant-garde was created then,” Herskovitz said. “And it’s equally important — in light of the dark forces in our world today — to understand how a group like the Nazis ever came to power.”


TVWriter™ respectfully suggests that everybody involved in this project immediately resign and look for another line of work. Preferably one in which they have no contact whatsoever with human beings. (Or pets either, come to think of it. Or living entities of any kind, for that matter.)

Oh well, at least now we know where all the former Mitt Romney campaign staffers have gone.

EDITED BY LB TO ADD: I look at this article and see a situation where what this series probably will be is a presentation of Germany in the era of CABARET, with all the sex, storm, and drang pop culture of the era can provide. But if that’s what you’re selling, why not dig in and sell it that way? Why bring up Hitler and all the hatred and horror embodied in the name?

Want to Turn Your Book into a TV Series? Be Published by Random House

Okay, so not really a guarantee, but get your novel to ’em pronto. It’s a start…

Random House wants you to watch these books! (Well, their books anyway)


FremantleMedia, the producer and distributor of several of the world’s most widely-watched television series, and Random House, Inc., the U.S. division of Random House, the world’s largest trade-book publisher, both companies of Bertelsmann AG, announced today a major new creative and strategic partnership to develop scripted television programming for the U.S. and international markets based on the fiction and nonfiction books published by Random House’s imprints in North America and internationally.

The first-look deal with FremantleMedia will reside within Random House Television, a newly created part of Random House Studio, the publisher’s rebranded and expanded entertainment division led by Peter Gethers, President. Random House Television will work together with Random House’s editors and publishers, and their authors’ agents, to identify and acquire performance rights for the full range of broadcast network, cable, and premium television scripted formats.

The partnership will also seek to collaborate with Random House authors to develop original scripted television properties they might create.

Jeffrey Levine has been appointed Head of Television for Random House Television, based in FremantleMedia’s Los Angeles offices, reporting to Mr. Gethers. He will work closely with Jeff Tahler, FremantleMedia Enterprises Senior Vice President of Global Content, and Tony Optican, Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming for FremantleMedia North America, and with the entire Random House Studio team.

Also joining the Random House Television team in Los Angeles is Christina Malach, Executive Story Editor, Random House Studio. The New York team under Mr. Gethers is Valerie Cates and Claudia Herr, both Executive Story editors, and Brady Emerson, Story Editor, Random House Studio.

So if you know Peter Gethers, Jeff Levine, Christina Malach, Valerie Cates, Claudia Herr, or Brady Emerson, now’s the time to call and take the highest ranking one to lunch. Don’t waste your time on the small-timers. Use your friendship (real contacts are friends, right?) now.