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Stacey Dash and the incredible non-existent publishing scandal
March 2, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Stacey who? Sorry, maybe this is my Brit-ness coming out. But, who? I mean, funky-sounding monicker that could have been built for headlines, but all the same ... who? Well, maybe that's part of the problem. Adweek, and after them, Publishing Talk Daily, apparently thought there was mileage enough in Stacey Dash's latest news to run an item on her book deal with "conservative" publisher Regnery Publishing, for her memoir There Goes My Social Life, about her "coming out" as a conservative. As it happens, the Regnery website doesn't throw up any answer currently to a search for Stacey, or Dash. But...

How dumb and disgraceful the Wheel of Time rights debacle has got
February 17, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The grotesque debacle over the graveyard-slot screening of the Wheel of Time-derived series pilot Winter Dragon on February 9th is escalating into one of the most despicable examples of how Hollywood and rights-mining companies treat creative properties and franchises. Now we have a lawsuit from the originating company, claiming that Robert Jordan's widow Harriet McDougal not only knew about the pilot, despite her denials, but also that she owes them money for the damage inflicted on the project by her statements. Red Eagle Entertainment, the parent behind the production company - whose only website page appears to be a press...

Tess Gerritsen not letting Gravity pull her down in Warner Bros. court battle
February 3, 2015 | 10:25 am

"Internationally bestselling author" Tess Gerritsen has released the latest bulletin from the frontline in an ongoing court battle against Warner Bros., under the modest title "My GRAVITY lawsuit and how it affects every writer who sells to Hollywood." And while at other times I might be tempted to be snarky or suspicious, in this case I suspect there really is substance behind her words, and her case really is that significant. Tess Gerritsen's statement leads off as follows: Yesterday, the court granted Warner Bros’s motion to dismiss my lawsuit against them. While Warner Bros crows victory, the judge has in fact left...

A need for piracy?
July 13, 2014 | 11:39 am

piracyGerman expatriate film director (and former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion) Lexi Alexander has posted a very interesting - and already much commented-on - entry on her blog, entitled "Will the Real Pirates Please Stand Up?" As well as a selfie calling on Sweden to "Free Peter Sunde Now," she posts a detailed, passionate, and well-argued statement of the realities of piracy, which while falling well short of a blanket endorsement, makes plenty of room for its positive aspects. And while this is more about Hollywood and films than the Big Five and ebooks, the comparisons should be obvious. Alexander juxtaposes piracy...

Veronica Mars movie will release simultaneously to theaters and on-line
February 21, 2014 | 7:41 pm

Veronica Mars The Veronica Mars Kickstarted movie is set to make its big-screen debut on 270 screens across the United States next month—and when it does, it will be available for on-line digital purchase and rental at the same time. This is unprecedented for a movie from one of Hollywood’s six major studios; most such films are heavily windowed with no rental or purchase possible until the movie has passed out of first-run and second-run theaters. This is made possible in part by the movie’s low-budget nature; the movie was mostly funded by a Kickstarter that raised $5.7...

Hollywood Walk of Fame sidewalk stars are paid PR ‘events’
February 18, 2014 | 4:35 pm

Hollywood Walk of Fame StarWith the annual Oscars bash soon upon us, everyone's thinking about movie stars and celebrities. But did you know that the famous Walk of Fame "stars" on the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard are applied for and paid for one year in advance to the tune of $30,000 a pop? It seems that even in this age of instant information at the drop of a smartphone, most people still think the "stars" handed out – and cemented into the sidewalk -- are real ''awards''. They're not. They are all PR events set up and paid for in advance by the studios...

Netflix and e-books: E-media symmetries
July 9, 2013 | 9:30 pm

At first glance, this story about how Netflix is changing the nature of how Hollywood thinks about TV doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with e-books. But if you take a second look, you might notice how the service’s “celestial jukebox” nature lines up with the instant gratification and format freedom of e-books. There’s some interesting symmetry there. E-books made it possible to sell shorter-form works like novellas, short stories, or feature-length articles on their own as “Kindle Singles” or equivalent formats. They also allow consumers to “binge” on series if they’re all available, getting around the...

SL eBooks Turns Hollywood’s Best Unproduced Screenplays Into E-Singles
May 6, 2013 | 11:20 pm

SL eBooksOver the past two or three months, you may have begun to notice that nearly every time you get around to catching up on your digital publishing news, yet another media outlet is announcing their new e-book division. And that's definitely a good thing—don't get me wrong. But so many of the bigger media companies launching digital imprints today seem to be repurposing much more old content than they are creating new stories. To me, that sometimes comes as a bit of a disappointment. It seems a little cheap, almost. But a new company that refers to itself as a digital...

Happy International Day Against DRM!
May 3, 2013 | 3:05 pm

DRMHonestly, I hadn't even heard about this until I woke up this morning and checked my phone, but apparently today—that's Friday, May 3, 2013—is something of a holiday in the digital publishing community. It's the fifth annual International Day Against DRM. Huh. The organization behind the holiday—which in reality is more of an awareness-raising movement—is known as Defective by Design. As the DBD website explains, "We are a participatory and grassroots campaign exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they really are: Defective by Design. We are working together to eliminate DRM as a threat to innovation in media, the privacy of...

Republican paper on copyright reform lasts less than 24 hours, but there may still be hope
November 20, 2012 | 8:17 pm

Given the state of Republican rhetoric in recent years, I was very surprised to find them endorsing a cause I can actually wholeheartedly support—but they did so this past weekend, for less than 24 hours before they hastily retracted it. I refer to a paper issued by the Republican Study Committee, the caucus for House Republicans, stating that current US copyright law is stifling creativity instead of encouraging it, and is in dire need of drastic reforms. (The paper is embedded below this article.) The paper pointed out that copyright is all about encouraging the progress of the useful...

Rumor: Ridley Scott optioning self-published Amazon bestseller movie rights
May 14, 2012 | 4:49 am

woolHow popular is self-published fiction becoming? Apparently popular enough to draw major Hollywood attention. Gossip site Deadline reports that the production company of Ridley (Prometheus, Bladerunner) and Tony (Top Gun) Scott is in the process of snagging the movie rights to the self-published dystopian SF novel Wool by Hugh Howey. Wool seems to be a very popular novel; the Amazon Best Sellers Rank is currently #103 on the Kindle Store paid chart (though I expect it will be well back into the top 100 by sometime tomorrow based on publicity from this story), #1 in “High Tech” science fiction...

Sergey Brin says Hollywood anti-piracy legislation is misguided
April 16, 2012 | 8:54 am

Images From AfterDawn: Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said the entertainment industry is "shooting themselves in the foot, or maybe worse than the foot" by trying to push anti-piracy legislation. Brin said the recently killed PIPA and SOPA legislation would have led to the U.S. becoming more like Iran and China, who censor their people. Even more importantly, Brin hit the nail on the head in regards to piracy, saying the industry cannot understand the simple concept that users will continue to download unauthorized content as long as it remains easier to acquire than authorized material. "I haven't tried it for many years but when...