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Universal Pictures Forms Partnership With Penguin Random House

UniversalUniversal Pictures has signed a two-year, first-look, production deal with Penguin Random House.

Universal will examine the publishing house’s recent publications, upcoming releases, backlist titles, and original ideas for movie projects. This also means that the Random House Studio (RHS) team will serve as a producer on future films. Back in 2005, RHS had launched a co-venture with Focus Features.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “RHS recently renewed its partnership with Universal division Focus Features through 2016, but the new pact will expand ‘the scope of what we’re able to do,’ says RHS president Peter Gethers, who will oversee the new agreement. ‘Universal has a broader mandate and the ability to get bigger projects and bigger authors.’”

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Random House Television Launched

FremantleMedia and Random House, two companies owned by the Bertelsmann AG media conglomerate, have teamed up to create Random House Television. The new entity will focus on creating and developing television content from Random House books.

Here’s more from the release: “The first-look deal with FremantleMedia will reside within Random House Television, a newly created part of Random House Studio, the publisher’s rebranded and expanded entertainment division led by Peter Gethers, President. Random House Television will work together with Random House’s editors and publishers, and their authors’ agents, to identify and acquire performance rights for the full range of broadcast network, cable, and premium television scripted formats. The partnership will also seek to collaborate with Random House authors to develop original scripted television properties they might create.”

Jeffrey Levine will be the new head of television for Random House Television, working out of FremantleMedia’s Los Angeles offices, reporting to Gethers. FremantleMedia Enterprises senior VP of global content Jeff Tahler and FremantleMedia North America senior VP of scripted programming Tony Optican will also work with Levine.

Random House Films Goes for Infested

PW Daily reports that Scott Sigler‘s INFESTED, just signed to Crown as part of a major three-book deal, has been selected as the next book-to-film project for Random House Films. The book will be brought to the screen in partnership with Rogue Pictures (a sister company to the studio aligned with RH Films, Focus Features). The deal was arranged by RH Films president Peter Gethers and the co-presidents of Rogue, Andrew Karpen and Andrew Rona. Random House Films will also get filmmaking rights to the unpublished second novel in Sigler’s series.

Borat Book Finally Lands at Flying Dolphin

borat.jpgIn what’s either one of the longest gestating book deals ever or another example of reporting delays, Dan Strone at Trident Media has finally placed a comedic advice book from Borat Sagdiyev (aka the now-infamous, movie-immortalized alter ego of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen) with Suzanne Herz and Peter Gethers at Flying Dolphin Press. PW Daily reports that the forthcoming title, which is scheduled for publication on November 6,BORAT: TOURISTIC GUIDINGS TO MINOR NATION OF U.S. OF A and BORAT: TOURISTIC GUIDINGS TO GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN.

According to Doubleday publicity director Alison Rich, both lengthy monikers will appear on the book’s cover jacket and the material will be new, not tied-in to the film. Intended as a faux tourist guide introducing Americans to Kazakhstan and vice versa, the book will feature photographs, text and illustrations. And clearly, the book wasn’t “too racy” for American publication, but it will be interesting to see if the Borat phenomenon still has legs a year after the smash hit movie took hold in the US.