FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Posts Tagged ‘O.J. Simpson’

Ann Coulter to Publish Mugged in October

Conservative author Ann Coulter has revealed the cover and subject of her next book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery From the Seventies to Obama. TownHall had the exclusive details, explaining that the book “specifically blows President Obama’s racial posturing.”

William Morris Endeavor agent Mel Berger negotiated the deal with Sentinel publisher Adrian Zackheim. Coulter had previously published her work with Random House’s Crown Forum imprint. Here’s more about the book:

It took the O. J. Simpson verdict—the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers—to shut down the white guilt bank. But now, fewer than two decades later, our “postracial” president has returned us to the pre-OJ era of nonstop racial posturing. A half-black, half-white Democrat, not descended from American slaves, has brought racial unrest back with a whoop. The Obama candidacy allowed liberals to engage in self-righteousness about race and get a hard-core Leftie in the White House at the same time. In 2008, we were told the only way for the nation to move past race was to elect him as president. And 53 percent of voters fell for it.

Mediabistro Course

Memoir Writing

Memoir WritingStarting January 7, work with a published memoir writer to tell and sell the story of your life! In this course, Wendy Dale will teach you how to create your story around a marketable premise, hone your narrative voice, write a memoir with a solid structure, and sell your memoir before you've even finished writing it. Register now!

Will Casey Anthony Get a Book Deal?

This week a jury ruled that Casey Anthony was not guilty in the death of her child and a judge sentenced the young woman to four years in jail for lying to authorities. As the case winds down, analysts keep asking the same question–will Anthony get a lucrative book deal to write about her experience?

The Boston Herald covered the issue in an article today, including this quote from Emerson College professor Gregory Payne: “She will get top dollar for a book … She’s probably going to be with a very fat ATM card.” What do you think?

As mentioned in the article, this GalleyCat editor doesn’t think Anthony will get a book deal. Despite the not guilty ruling, Anthony will face a lifetime of public scrutiny and speculation. The publishing industry learned its lesson after bad publicity canceled O.J. Simpson‘s pulped book, If I Did It–readers get very upset when an infamous celebrity attempts to make money off a murder case.

Read more

Judith Regan to Appear on The Millionaire Matchmaker

In December, former publisher and editor Judith Regan will be appearing on the reality television show, The Millionaire Matchmaker.

Here’s more from Gatecrasher: “Patti Stanger, host of ‘The Millionaire Matchmaker,’ tells us viewers will see ‘a softer side’ of the hard-driving former ‘Queen of All Media’ when Regan appears on the Bravo show Dec. 14. According to another source, the divorcee is on the hunt for ‘a funny guy.’”

Regan had previously worked at two houses, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. She discovered Wicked bestseller Gregory Maguire and courted controversy for preparing to publish O.J. Simpson manuscript, If I Did It. (Via NY Observer)

Author and Journalist Dominick Dunne Has Died

7623_dunne_dominick.jpgAuthor and journalist Dominick Dunne has passed away after battling cancer, leaving behind a collection of bestselling novels, a memoir, and two essay collections.

In a mediabistro.com interview last year, the legendary Vanity Fair special correspondent talked about the journalism stories that defined his career: the death of Princess Diana, the O.J. Simpson media circus, and trial for the Menendez brothers. In the last year of his life, he was dedicated to finishing his novel, “Too Much Money,” which will be released in December.

Here’s more from the interview: “I was always so proud of my brother [John Gregory Dunne] He got his book finished and had the heart attack. His book came out after he was dead. I’ve just got to get this book finished…I just knew there was something wrong. I came back and they found this. I’ve taken the first of six treatments and then I go in the hospital and they go in and see how much they got…I’m more than half-way through. But I haven’t actually worked on it for a long time. Now I’m back on it full-time–that’s my life now until I finish.”

Phoenix Books President Michael Viner Has Died

AQ57570LOGO.jpgMichael Viner, the president of Phoenix Books, Inc., passed away this weekend.

Here’s more from his company: “Viner’s accomplished career spanned over thirty years across the diverse areas of publishing, music and film. Viner was the President of Beverly Hills-based Phoenix Books Inc., a leading independent book and audio publisher. The recipient of numerous Grammy, Audie and Parent’s Choice Awards, Mr. Viner was widely credited with revolutionizing and reinventing the audiobook industry as the co-founder of Dove Audio.”

Over the years, Viner made many publishing headlines: criticizing aan O.J. Simpson book, buying a book by disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, and guiding the company that published a varied list that included rock star Gene Simmons and television host Larry King.

Goldman Family Gets Rights to OJ Book

The Associated Press reports that the family of Ron Goldman has purchased the rights to O.J. Simpson‘s canceled book, IF I DID IT, from a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee in a settlement reached Monday. The book rights will be held in the name of Ron Goldman LLC, Goldman family lawyer David Cook said. The Goldmans own the copyright, media rights and movie rights. They also acquired Simpson’s name, likeness, life story and right of publicity in connection with the book, court documents showed. The Goldmans want to rename the book CONFESSIONS OF A DOUBLE MURDERER and plan to shop it around, Cook said.

OJ Book Can Be Sold, Bankruptcy Court Rules

The Associated Press reports that an independent trustee will maintain control over a bankrupt company owned by O.J. Simpson‘s children, which holds the rights to the canceled Simpson book IF I DID IT, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol paves the way for the family of murder victim Ron Goldman to negotiate a deal to acquire the rights to the manuscript.

Cristol ruled that the company was in no position to be reorganized and should simply be liquidated. “The single potential asset for sale is apparently something that is deeply embroiled in litigation and would likely not be available for sale anytime soon,” Cristol said. Unless of course, you’re a real estate broker in Moncton, New Brunswick claiming to have a copy for sale for the low, low price of $22,000 CD – an asking price that might not be met anytime soon, either…

Bankruptcy Puts OJ Auction on Ice

OJFred.jpg

At this point, it’s tempting to write off the auction proceedings for IF I DID IT as a wolf-crying measure – there’s always going to be something that thwarts this circus from taking full flight. The newest twist, reported over the weekend by the Associated Press and Newsweek, is that Lorraine Brooke Associates – the shell company created by O.J. Simpson family and associates to broker the book deal – declared bankruptcy, delaying the court-ordered auction in Sacramento scheduled for Tuesday–at least until a federal bankruptcy judge can hold a hearing on the case. “Everything is frozen now,” said David J. Cook, a lawyer for the Goldman family. “They filed bankruptcy to stop the auction. It’s now frozen O.J.”

While the lawyers duke it out and the Goldman and Brown families debate the ethics of Fred Goldman auctioning off the rights of a book he formerly lobbied to keep unpublished, we have to ask – Cook had to be making an unintentional pun, right? That’s just too easy a joke to leave alone…

OJ Simpson Book Rights Sought By Nicole’s Estate

The auction isn’t supposed to be underway until Tuesday, but the LA Times’ Robert Welkos reports that the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson is seeking a court order for permission to bid on the book rights to O.J. Simpson‘s IF I DID IT at a sheriff’s auction Tuesday in Sacramento. Greg K. Hafif, the attorney for the Nicole Brown Simpson estate, said the estate wants the judge in the case to allow it to take a portion of the $33.5-million civil judgment won from O.J. Simpson and use it as a “credit bid” on the book during the auction. He added that the goal would be to “make sure this book is never published.”

Hafif called on Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman‘s father, to join with them in making the bid. But David J. Cook, the lawyer who won a court order in February that gave the Goldmans the rights to the book, objected to the legal maneuver by the estate. and criticized the Brown estate for coming in so late. Maybe the estate has “a beef with their lawyers,” Cook said, “but they didn’t have the savvy or the intelligence or whatever to go out and do this. We all share the tragedy for the Browns, and they have lots of tears, and our tears are their tears, but they have to stop crying and move forward.”

If They Auction It, Will Anyone Buy?

Last night’s news that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg ordered the bundled book rights to O.J. Simpson‘s ill-fated book IF I DID IT to be auctioned off leaves a weird taste in my mouth. Not because of any moral outrage – the time for such posturing has long since passed, especially as Judith Regan‘s kept her name out of the news for the bulk of 2007 – but because really, is anyone all that interested in the book anymore? Such perceived apathy may explain Simpson attorneys’ reaction to the ruling, which dictates that proceeds from the auction and any subsequent book profits will be turned over to Goldman’s family. “This is a guarantee that if they ever publish this thing, Mr. Simpson won’t see a dime from it,” Goldman family attorney Jonathan Polak said to the Associated Press.

“What they are seeking is whatever intangible property Mr. Simpson has relating to this book,” Simpson attorney Yale Galanter added.* “There isn’t a book. There isn’t anything.” Whatever the case may be, the Goldman family hopes the still-unscheduled auction will achieve some measure of balance. “We are going to continue to plug away and try to achieve justice,” Kim Goldman said outside of court.

*Ron is impressed at Galanter’s commitment to denying the book’s existence, really he is. He is also of the opinion that as long as Michael Viner still has money in the bank, there’s probably going to be at least one dog in this hunt.

NEXT PAGE >>