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Posts Tagged ‘John Grisham’

Tweeting LA Juror Provides Spark for Social Media App

The following nugget from Thomson Reuters columnist Alison Frankel is worthy of a John Grisham novel. But it in fact happened right here in LA, at the beginning of 2010:

The idea for Jury Scout was born about eighteen months ago, when a lawyer in the middle of a three-month trial in Los Angeles noticed a prospective juror continually typing on his mobile phone. The lawyer called [Ron] Kurzman, who was working with him on the case. Kurzman searched the Internet and found out that the juror was posting repeatedly about the trial. Those comments resulted in the juror being removed and Kurzman developing the idea for Jury Scout.

For $295 per individual-specific search, Jury Scout will scour not just Twitter and Facebook but dozens of other sites such as Pandora and Yelp. To jump back to Grisham for a moment, think of Gene Hackman as Rankin Fitch in the 2003 drama Runaway Jury now disqualitying a potential juror because of some untoward comments posted about their local neighborhood IHOP!

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CBS and NBC Producer in Legal Battle Over The Firm TV Adaptation

THR Esq. has the scoop on a nasty legal fight between CBS and NBC over the television adaptation of John Grisham‘s The Firm. CBS is suing the show’s writer/producer Lukas Reiter–not NBC itself–claiming they paid Reiter $250,000 to develop the show before he brought it to NBC.

More from THR Esq. :

The lawsuit says Reiter later asked if he could take the project elsewhere and CBS said no but “Entertainment One and Reiter have moved full speed ahead, in direct violation of CBS’s rights,” according to the suit. …

“The question in this lawsuit is whether a production studio and writer may re-sell and exploit a television project that the same writer already sold to another studio,” according to the complaint. “Basic principles of contract and tort law clearly prohibit this sort of double-dealing, yet this is precisely what Defendants have done.”

Depending on what happens with the lawsuit, NBC plans to air the show midseason.

Tina Brown Discusses The Book Beast: ‘It’s Really Important to Support Books’

070608_DianaExcerptBrownggwide.hmedium.jpgAnyone with even a passing interest in books is by now painfully aware of the struggles the publishing industry is currently undergoing. Troubles came to a head last December when widespread layoffs were announced at both Random House and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (which had already ceased accepting manuscripts). Meanwhile, book sections nation-wide have consistently been the early casualties of newspaper cutbacks — another one fell last week with the announcement that the Washington Post Book World would cease to exist as a stand-alone publication.

Enter Tina Brown, who just this week announced the addition of the Book Beast page to her recently-launched website The Daily Beast. According to Brown the page, which currently features a compendium of recommendations, new and newly relevant books (Oprah, and John Updike among them), video interviews with authors such as John Grisham, as well as book-skewed articles like a current piece on Norman Mailer‘s writing legacy, was just a natural extension of the book coverage The Daily Beast already provides. It is also a space Brown feels is very necessary at the moment.

“It’s really important to support books and I am so distressed by what is happening to the publishing world,” she told us over the phone yesterday. “Book sections are closing everywhere and as an author, and an editor, and even for a time a publisher with Talk Miramax Books, I just care very much about writers and what’s happening to them and how they spend their time writing all these fabulous books that can never even really get an airing.”

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Tim Rutten on John Grisham, John Edwards and Post-Literate Fiction

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When the LA Times moved Tim Rutten away from the Calendar section, he got visiting privileges. He’s reviewing the latest John Grisham novel, The Appeal, and notes:

People who keep track of such things report that Grisham was the bestselling author of the 1990s, when readers bought more than 60 million of his books.

People who keep track of such things include Rutten’s own paper. Book publishing isn’t exactly an esoteric pursuit.

Grisham’s books sell very well, which is a problem for Rutten:

In the world of popular fiction, those sorts of numbers not only put you beyond the reach of conventional criticism, but they also obscure any purpose but brute commerce.

Brute commerce being a stumbling block for so many at the LA Times.

Is it possible that readers of the LA Times might also read John Grisham’s novels? He also works in a paean to John Edwards. We’d like to see that Venn diagram, please.

Anyway, Rutten likes the book, picks at the copyediting, and calls it “post-literate fiction”, which would be news to Yolande Villemaire. He means to say that Grisham is a good story-teller but not an especially good writer.