InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames 10,000 Words FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Posts Tagged ‘OJ Simpson’

The IF I DID IT Saga Continues

Just after a federal bankruptcy judge awarded the rights to OJ Simpson’s IF I DID IT to the Goldman family (with the added stipulation that the Brown family is to receive part of the first 10 percent of gross proceeds from the book and the Goldmans the rest) the AP reports that OJ Simpson gets back on record blaming someone else for the book. Simpson discussed the book in an Internet interview streamed live on Tuesday by the Dallas-based Web site Market News First and quickly shifted responsibility for the book’s conception to its ghostwriter, Pablo Fenjves.

“Because I didn’t do it. … I will not justify the evidence they had…,” he said. “We got to that chapter, and I said, ‘Hey, I can’t participate in that.”‘ Simpson said he let the author ask him questions but otherwise played a passive role in describing the killings. “I read what he wrote, and I saw all of these major holes, all of these impossible things,” Simpson recalled. “All of these other parts of the book I would correct, but I told myself, ‘If I correct this, there are going to be people out there that say, ‘Oh, look how accurate this is,’ Right?” And the more Simpson talks, the more this interview seems eerily familiar…

Mediabistro Course

The Art of the Book Review

The Art of the Book ReviewStarting August 4, learn how to get paid to write reviews that will influence the publishing landscape! Taught by a Publishers Weekly book critic, you'll learn how to recommend a book to its audience, write reviews of varying lengths, tailor a review to a specific publication and more! You'll leave this course with two original reviews and a list of paying markets for book reviews. Register now! 

OJ Auction Set for April 17

Looks like the auction for the rights to OJ Simpson‘s ill-fated IF I DID IT will happen on April 17, reports the AP. Notice of the auction to be held by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has been sent to publishers, Hollywood studios and talent agencies, Goldman family attorney David Cook said. It’s unknown who will bid on the rights, but Cook said the Goldmans will do so if needed – or if no publisher decides to touch the project with anything resembling a pole of any length, width or depth… but Ron can think of at least one California-based publisher who wouldn’t feel a jot of shame while buying it, especially when it’s a bargain on par with a Porsche seized in a drug bust…

If They Could Publish It, They Would

Another day, another wrinkle in the OJ Simpson/IF I DID IT saga. This latest one originates out of Canada, where Bloomberg reports that Barclay Road Inc., a Montreal-based publisher whose titles include inspirational books by Og Mandino and Robert Danzig, said it would consider printing Simpson’s controversial book if it becomes available – in the name of free speech. “We are looking for the book to put us back in the marketplace,” said Steve Meyers, Barclay Road’s head of investor relations, in a statement yesterday. “Giving the manuscript a read might just prove that the press did not have all of the facts.” If Barclay Road did nab the publishing rights, the company said it would change the book’s title and cover.

The party line from Simpson’s attorney, Yale Galanter, is that “a number of publishers are interested in the book. I can not reveal their names at this time.” Which sounds a whole lot like spin, but hey, if a publisher can generate a news story with the strongest whiff of conjecture, so can OJ’s lawyer…

As for OJ, Overseas Looks Attractive

Just as Ron updated with the latest on Judith Regan, TIME continues to give legs to the OJ side of things, speculating that he may be in a position to resell rights to IF I DID IT once they revert back to him, likely in 12 months’ time. Several European publishers are said to be clamoring to print the story in their respective territories, according to TIME’s source, as Rupert Murdoch‘s high-profile rejection has only made the book more attractive. Indeed, soon after the cancellation, says the source, OJ Simpson‘s camp asked Murdoch’s representatives to surrender the rights earlier than the original deal stipulates so that Simpson can cash in overseas.

Should that happen, expect some muted version of the American outcry to begin anew – unless Simpson elects to hawk his book in a country that has no problems whatsoever with giving murderers (alleged or otherwise) their publishing due. Issei Sagawa, looks like you might have some competition…