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Artie Lange Lands Deal for Second Memoir

Artie Lange has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone Books to pen his second memoir, Crash and Burn.

The book will come out October 29th, exploring his “near-fatal battle with heroin and alcohol addiction during his tumultuous comedic career.” Publisher Stacy Creamer negotiated the deal with 3 Arts Entertainment literary agent Richard Abate.

Sportscaster Joe Buck will contribute a foreword. Author Anthony Bozza will collaborate with Lang (pictured, via) on this project.


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Rainn Wilson To Write ‘Serio-Comic Examination of my Life in Art, Faith & Comedy’

The Office star and author Rainn Wilson has landed a book deal to write what he calls a “Serio-Comic Examination of my Life in Art, Faith and Comedy.”

Penguin Group’s Dutton imprint will publish the as-yet-untitled book they bill as a “memoir” (in quotation marks) about how Wilson grew up “bone-numbingly nerdy before there was even a modicum of cool attached to the word.”

Richard Abate of 3 Arts Entertainment negotiated the deal with executive editor Jill Schwartzman.

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Al Michaels Lands Deal for Autobiography

Legendary sports journalist Al Michaels will publish his autobiography with William Morrow, writing his book with Sports Illustrated executive editor L. Jon Wertheim.

In the video embedded above, you can watch Michaels talk about his coverage of the “Miracle on Ice” during the 1980 Olympic Games. Richard Abate of 3Arts Entertainment negotiated the book deal with executive editor David Highfill. Here’s more from the release:

Michaels has covered more major sports events than any other sportscaster, including 20 years as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football, and 7 years of the current #1 show on television, Sunday Night Football. He has also logged more hours (approx. 2500) on live prime-time network television than anyone in history. Michaels is the only play-by-play commentator/host to cover the four major sports championships on network television: the Super Bowl (8 times), World Series (8), NBA Finals (2) and the Stanley Cup Final (3).

James Franco Scores Amazon Book Deal

Actor and author James Franco has landed a book deal to publish his first novel with Amazon.

According to the New York Observer, 3 Arts Entertainment agent Richard Abate negotiated the deal for Actors Anonymous with Amazon fiction editor (and departed Believer editor) Ed Park. As you ponder the news, you should listen to the Hoodie Allen song, “James Franco.” The video is embedded above, with a bit of NSFW language.

Here’s more about the deal: “The novel is  said to be a fictionalized version of Mr. Franco’s experiences as an actor (and grad student?). Mr. Franco’s first book, a collection of short stories called Palo Alto, was published by Scribner.”

Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston To Co-Author YA Trilogy

Blue Bloods writer Melissa de la Cruz and her husband Michael Johnston are joining forces for a young-adult trilogy called The Other Land Chronicles.

The couple has signed with Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers imprint. 3 Arts Entertainment literary agent Richard Abate negotiated the deal with Jennifer Besser. Frozen, the first book in the series, will be released in spring 2013.

Here’s more from the press release: “Set in 111 C.D., one hundred and eleven years after a Catastrophic Disaster has wiped out 99% of humanity and left the earth covered in ice, this new series introduces readers to a ragtag group of friends and the dawning of a new time. The world of reason, of mathematics and science, is ending, and a new civilization is being born from the ice: a world of magic and mayhem, sorcerers and spellcraft.” (Photo Credit: Denise Bovee)

Dick Wolf Signs a Two-Thriller Deal with HarperCollins

hclo2god.gifDick Wolf, the creator and executive producer of the NBC series, Law & Order, has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins’ imprint, William Morrow. Executive editor David Highfill acquired the exclusive submission from Richard Abate at 3 Arts Entertainment. In his acquisition, Highfill bought the World English, eBook, and Audio rights. Wolf’s agent, Peter Benedek (United Talent Agency) and lawyer, Cliff Gilbert-Lurie, also negotiated this deal.

The first novel is not yet titled, but HarperCollins’ press release compares the basic plot to two popular films, Sydney Pollack‘s Three Days of the Condor and Fred Zinnemann‘s The Day of the Jackal. It will feature a realistic story with a terrorist attack scheme in New York City, featuring the Joint Terrorism Task Force and a special NYPD detective.

Highfill offered this quote about Wolf: “As he has shown us in the authenticity and freshness of his TV work, Dick Wolf is a master of tightly woven, character-driven American stories that feel like they are happening right in front of you, right now, not last week or last year. He will bring just that sense of heightened immediacy and drama to this new novel.”

Howard Stern Show Producer Gary Dell’Abate Scores Book Deal

bcbb.jpgHoward Stern Show producer Gary Dell’Abate landed “a mid-6 figure book deal” for his new book, They Call Me Baba Booey. He will co-write the autobiographical book with author Chad Millman, and it is listed in Amazon with a November 2010 release.

According to Deadline New York, the deal was negotiated by Tony Burton from Don Buchwald & Associates’ and Richard Abate from 3 Arts. The report also states that the Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau will publish the book. Dell’Abate (pictured with former President Bill Clinton) has served as a producer on Stern’s show since 1984 and maintains his own site.

Here’s more from Deadline: “I understand that Howard mentioned something about this on his Sirius show this morning — and the book has already jumped to No. 1 on Amazon’s ‘Movers And Shakers’ based on book pre-orders. So let’s see: Howard himself had 3 bestsellers, Robin Quivers had 1, Artie Lange had the most recent and now it’s obvious that Baba Booey will have one as well.”

Giuliana and Bill Rancic Score Book Deal

g&b.pngTelevision stars Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic just scored a Random House book deal for I Do…Now What?: Stories and Advice from America’s Favorite Couple. Ballantine nonfiction editor Luke Dempsey bought the book, and the prempt deal was negotiated by Richard Abate at 3Arts.

The celebrity power couple (pictured, via) married last year, and now lead the Style Network’s Giuliana & Bill show. Giuliana is an E! Entertainment Television anchor with 1,722,462 followers on Twitter. Bill is a motivational speaker with 47,282 Twitter followers–the businessman also won the inaugural season of The Apprentice.

Here’s more from the release: “The book is a beguiling mixture of memoir and advice, and offers a unique insight into how an ordinary couple–albeit with millions of TV and Twitter fans–navigate their very public (and sometimes geographically distant) union. open up and share their deepest insights and advice, in a folksy, throw-back account of how two people fell, and stay, in love.”

Rehashing Abate vs. ICM

The New York Observer’s Felix Gillette does a decent enough job summarizing the salient points of Richard Abate‘s recent court battle with ICM (even though most of us have, you know, moved on, which also likely explains why Abate declined to comment for the piece) and even though it’s essentially rehash, Gillette does make one good comparison between Abate’s troubles in joining Endeavor and the Gersh Agency’s recent foray into representing books:

If Mr. Abate’s struggles to open up a book division for Endeavor show off everything that can go bitterly wrong when the New York publishing world gets tangled up with the Hollywood movie culture, then Ms. Wender’s move to Gersh demonstrates all of the potential upside of such cross-continental partnerships….Overnight, by bringing Ms. Wender on board, Gersh established a formidable presence in New York. By teaming up with a well-connected L.A. agency, Ms. Wender can now offer her clients great access to screenwriting and directing opportunities in Hollywood.

And Gersh’s move is likely a harbinger of things to come as Hollywood is increasingly attracted to book projects for adaptations.

Oliver Joins Endeavor Book Division

PW Daily reports that Rebecca Oliver, last with Grand Central Publishing, has joined Endeavor‘s New York book division as a literary agent. She will oversee foreign and domestic subsidiary rights and work alongside Richard Abate, who recently created the agency’s East Coast book division. Oliver had been at Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books) since 1999, first as associate director of domestic rights and most recently as associate director of subsidiary Rights, handling serial and translation rights for GCP and its imprints. In 2001, she oversaw the launch of the Hachette Book Group’s large print program.

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