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The Atlantic Signs with WME for Hollywood Article Mining

Deadline has the scoop on the latest east coast magazine to set up official shop in Tinseltown. The magazine is The Atlantic and the literary shopkeepers William Morris Endeavor (WME):

WME plans to tap into ideas and stories from 155-year-old The Atlantic and digital properties like The Atlantic Wire to create opportunities across the film, television and digital space…

Several articles have already been optioned for TV or film treatment including Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” (July/August 2012), Kate Bolick’s “All The Single Ladies” (November 2011), Hanna Rosin’s “The End Of Men” (July/Aug 2010), Lori Gottlieb’s “Marry Him!” (March 2008), and Don Peck’s “How A New Jobless Era Will Transform America” (March 2010).

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories of the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Anonymous Floods WSJ‘s Facebook Page with Comments, February 21
  2. Gothamist Commenter Arrested for Threatening Ray Kelly, February 22
  3. How Kate Bolick Ended Up on the Cover of The Atlantic, February 21
  4. HuffPost’s Head of Media Relations Leaves, Launches New Agency, February 17
  5. Private Practice Star Kate Walsh Gets Naked for Shape, February 21
  6. Hall of Famer, and Mets Great, Gary Carter Succumbs to Brain Cancer, February 17
  7. Changes at Martha Stewart Living, February 23

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How Kate Bolick Ended Up on the Cover of The Atlantic

Kate Bolick set the blogosphere on fire with her popular Atlantic article, “All The Single Ladies.” But it wasn’t just the behemoth nine-page, 12,000-plus-word piece that made headlines. The cover was also a rarity, an occurrence that only took place a handful of times in the magazine’s 154-year history.

“It wasn’t in the original plan at all. I hadn’t finished writing the piece yet when my editor called to say, ‘Now, they’re thinking about putting you on the cover.’ That blew my mind,” she shared in mediabistro.com’s  Hey, How’d You Do That?.

“My understanding on the reason they wanted to illustrate the piece with me is because it was in my voice,  [and the photos] further personalized the material” she said. “I love The Atlantic, but I had been feeling critical of how it has handled so-called ‘female topics.’ Would they have done this if the article had been written by a man? If a woman is writing about being unmarried, the first thing the reader thinks is, ‘How much of this has to do with what she looks like?’ I did have that critique of [my being on the cover], even though it was of myself.”

Read the full interview to find out how Bolick scored a book and TV deal for the article.

Kate Bolick Brings ‘All the Single Ladies’ to TV

Kate Bolick‘s nine-page, 12,000-plus-word Atlantic article on the economics of dating, “All The Single Ladies,” became the talk of the town last November — but the buzz didn’t end there.

When the issue came out, Bolick sent Drop Dead Diva‘s Josh Berman a copy of the piece for feedback.

“It wasn’t to say, ‘Here, can you turn this into a television show?’” she told mediabistro.com for its “Hey, How’d You Do That?“ series. “I had seen Drop Dead Diva and was surprised by the way he delved into women’s issues and comedy. I thought it was smart, contemporary and original. I sent the article to him saying, ‘What do you think? How could this be received in Hollywood? Would there ever be interest in something like this for television?’”

Turns out Berman not only loved the article, but wanted to option it with Sony.

Read the full interview to find out how Bolick did it and to get her tips for freelancing success.

The Atlantic’s November Cover is a Rarity

The Atlantic typically does not feature writers that have articles within the magazine on its cover. It’s such a rare occurrence that we decided to ask about it. Turns out, it has happened only a handful of times in the magazine’s 154 year history. Natalie Raabe, a Spokesperson for The Atlantic, said a few that came to mind were Joan Baez, Mark TwainLillian HellmanConor Cruise O’Brien and Philip Roth.

Kate Bolick, shown on the cover of the November issue, is the latest. In her piece titled “All The Single Ladies,” Bolick explains that the marriage dynamic has changed dramatically because as women climb higher, men are falling behind. The article is already receiving rave reviews, and Bolick is even discussing it with The Hairpin.

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