Magic Seeds: The Art and Science of Book Discovery in Hollywood

In English Language, Resources by Peter Cook

“The deal-making process is far more fluid than many people realize,” says veteran books-to-film agent Jeff Aghassi. Read Part One of this article, in which ICM’s Josie Freedman and other Hollywood insiders talk about how they decide which books would make good movies. By Peter Cook “Because…essentially, anyone can publish these days, there is so much information out there that it …

Hollywood and Book Publishing, Never the Twain Shall Meet?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Interview with Pat Walsh, the former editor-in-chief of MacAdam/Cage on how book publishing and Hollywood do (and don’t) get along. By Edward Nawotka It’s often presumed that the culture of Hollywood and that of book publishing are about as far apart as California and New York. Often, you hear embarrassing stories about each trying to cross-over into the other’s territory. …

What’s the (Novelized) Story, Morning Glory?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Diana Peterfreund Last fall, my Random House editor, Kerri Buckley, called me and asked if I’d ever considered writing a movie novelization. I’d just returned from a writing conference where I met several writers who did such work, and I was intrigued. Though I’d published five original novels, I’d recently branched out into other kinds of fiction writing, including …

Are Publishers Ready to Make Movies?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

Op-ed by Alex von Rosenberg Frankfurt Storydrive jumped out at me as particularly relevant while I was reviewing events related to the 2010 Fair. The potential collaboration of companies dedicated to divergent areas of the media landscape is very exciting and long overdue. Long ago, the advent and spread of moving pictures combined with sound created and subsequently revolutionized many …

How do you Adapt Books for the Stage or Screen?

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Jacqueline Woodson has recently adapted her award-winning book LOCOMOTION for the Kennedy Center stage (the show premieres on October 23rd).  In a piece she wrote for The Huffington Post, she talks about the inspiration for the story and how she adapted it for the stage.  Earlier this summer, I worked on a film “Capture the Flag,” …

Books to Film: No Hard and Fast Rules

In What's the Buzz by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury The heyday of huge film deals being made for books may be over, but, there’s still big money on the table for the right kind of story. Deals are being done, however the sums are often more conservative than they were during the boom years. “The money is less,” said Josie Freedman of ICM, as part of …

What Novels Would You Like to See Adapted to Film?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Rebecca Chace describes her experience adapting her screenplay Capture the Flag into a novel and then again into a short film. This prompts today’s discussion question: Which books would you like to see adapted to film? If you have a great suggestion, then let us know in the comments. I’ll start us off: …