Why Aren’t More Movie and TV Franchises Turned Into Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Diana Peterfreund writes about adapting the screenplay of the film Morning Glory into a novel. Over the years several film and television franchises have been extended via book and comic book adaptations. Think of Star Wars, which comprises just six films, but has been continued in several hundred more novels — many of …

Screaming Metal Phoenix: The Fantastic Rebirth of Humanoids USA

In English Language by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder The idea of comics for adults exploded in the US in the mid 1980s, via the pioneering work of creators such as Alan Moore, Frank Miller and Art Spiegelman. Their use of the medium to explore adult themes (or in Miller’s case, adolescent themes) seemed revolutionary at the time, and comics like Watchmen, The Dark Knight and …

Entertainment Companies Launch ISBN-like System for Film and TV Content

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, a coalition of entertainment companies, including MovieLabs, CableLabs, Comcast and Rovi Corporation, announced the launch of the Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR). The EIDR is meant to serve as a global cataloging system for movies, television and other media content by providing a unique ID and metadata for each piece of content. The press release cited the …

Lorna Evans of Ubisoft on Turning Games into Comics, Books and Movies

In What's the Buzz by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder Lorna Evans is Cross Media Producer for video game developer Ubisoft, and also helps the UK games industry find new business opportunities with books, TV and film. She has worked on some of the UK’s biggest games titles, including Tomb Raider and Resident Evil and is passionate about the need for increased cooperation between media. “Sometimes when …

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 …

Writing As Detective Work of the Soul

In Guest Contributors by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Arthur Japin UTRECHT: In the mid-1980s, two actors went to Rome, hoping to land a part — any part — in a movie by the creator of La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini. I was one of those actors. The other was my lifelong friend Rosita. Fellini fell in love with her, and in doing so changed the course …

Books to Film/TV Have Their Night at The Golden Globes

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Last night, the 67th Annual Golden Globes brought a few awards for films and roles based on books.  Meryl Streep won Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as Julia Child in “Julie and Julia,” based on Julie Powell’s memoir of the same name.  Mo’Nique won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Precious: …

Alloy Media + Marketing Knows What Girls Want

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Alloy Media + Marketing have given us everything from The Clique: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to Gossip Girl to The Vampire Diaries. They are a money machine that have gotten into the minds of girls everywhere. ABC news’ Nightline broadcast a profile of the company late last week, which comes up with the concepts first, then hires …

See Jane Run…From Zombies…Again

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday, BoingBoing posted a contest to win a HP Envy 15 laptop.  The prize would go to the best literary mash-up.  Not the best story, the best mash-up.  What, pray-tell, is this world coming to? Today, in Publishers Marketplace, yet another Jane Austen mash-up has been sold (Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons).  Are writers so …