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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kirkus Bought by NBA Pacers Owner

posted @ 2/10/2010 05:12:00 PM PT 

Kirkus was bought by shopping mall developer Herb Simon, who also owns the Indiana Pacers basketball team and co-owns independent bookstore Telecote Books in Montecito CA. Terms were not disclosed.

Simon's business partner Marc Winkelman will become chief executive of the company, now called Kirkus Media. Elaine Szewczyk will remain editor and Eric Liebetrau managing editor, and Winkelman says no immediate changes to the print edition are planned.

Link to New York Times story

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Ray Bradbury to Develop Miniseries

posted @ 11/13/2009 04:05:00 PM PT 

Ray Bradbury has signed with White Oak Films to develop a miniseries, The Bradbury Chronicles, based on six of his short stories. Bradbury and White Oak's John Dayton will be the executive producers of the planned six-hour event. Dayton previously partnered with Bradbury on Showtime’s The Ray Bradbury Theater, which ran from 1985 to 1992. Full story at


Monday, September 21, 2009

Powers Novel Optioned for New Pirates of the Carribean Movie

posted @ 9/21/2009 03:47:00 PM PT 

Tim Powers has confirmed earlier rumors with the following news: "I can now say that Disney optioned On Stranger Tides and will use elements of the book in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I can also say that I did not ever specify that Serena and I get parts in the movie or have dinner with Johnny Depp! (Not that we'd mind.)"

The fit is an obvious one, as On Stranger Tides is about a pirate named Jack who goes in search of the Fountain of Youth. This fourth installment will be titled Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and will be released in the summer of 2011.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Never Let Me Go Filming Begins

posted @ 4/17/2009 03:35:00 PM PT 

Filming began in London this week on the movie adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go (2005). The novel, a Clarke Award and Booker Award finalist, is set in a dystopian Britain where clones are harvested for replacement organs. Actress Keira Knightley plays clone Kathy H, in a film written by Alex Garland and directed by Mark Romanek.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Syfy President Discusses Name Change

posted @ 4/03/2009 09:25:00 PM PT 

In response to the strong reactions to the Sci Fi Channel's name change, president David Howe held a conference call interview with various media outlets to discuss the new name and why the decision was made. "This is not about alienating our existing core viewers because frankly we are still the sci-fi/fantasy channel and will continue to be so," said Howe. "This is absolutely about embracing our heritage and embracing our future and figuring out how we can bring even more people into the camp." Excerpts from the interview can be found here, and a Q&A on the topic with Howe here.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Syfy Name Change Criticized by Fans

posted @ 3/17/2009 11:35:00 AM PT 

Sci Fi Channel's decision to change its name to "Syfy" in order to distance itself from "geeks" and science fiction, has received a mostly unhappy reception on comment threads. TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel, said, “The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular.... We spent a lot of time in the ’90s trying to distance the network from science fiction, which is largely why it’s called Sci Fi.”

The reactions online have been almost unanimously negative, as fans criticize the company for alienating their "core audience" in order to be more "hip" and moving away from the original programming to include reality TV and wrestling, likening the change to the Tropicana orange juice rebranding fiasco. It remains to be seen how the Sci Fi Channel will respond to the reception.

(See later post with Sci Fi Channel president responses here.)


Monday, January 19, 2009

Gaiman and Jones Talk Coraline

posted @ 1/19/2009 02:52:00 PM PT 

Neil Gaiman and Stephen Jones had a conversation January 15 on internet radio show The Beyond about upcoming film Coraline (based on Gaiman's novel) and Coraline: A Visual Companion (written by Jones). Listen online at

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Columbia Pictures Wins Foundation

posted @ 1/17/2009 05:03:00 PM PT 

Columbia Pictures won screen rights to Isaac Asimov's Foundation in auction Thursday night, with Roland Emmerich attached as director, and he and Michael Wimer to produce. The Columbia win was a surprise, as Warner Bros. and Fox Studios had been been the original contenders for the film. CAA and Trident Media brokered the deal on behalf of the Asimov estate.


Watchmen Settlement

posted @ 1/17/2009 04:38:00 PM PT 

Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox have finally resolved their dispute regarding the rights to the upcoming Watchmen movie, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, in a confidential settlement. The movie can now move forward, with Fox no longer in any kind of distribution role, but receiving a cash payment upfront rumored to be between $5 million and $10 million, 8.5% of the box office, and a portion of future sequels or spinoffs. In a very warm and fuzzy press release, both companies acknowledged that the other "acted in good faith" in the dispute over the film. The film's release is scheduled for March 6.


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