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.