To Be Developed
For TV, DVD Market
NEW YORK, NY/5/30/2006HarperCollins announced late last week that it has made a deal with its sister company, Fox Television Studios (both are owned by NewsCorp) that will allow programming based on the publishers book titles to be developed and distributed by Fox in a variety of platforms, including, TV, DVD, wireless and online media.
The new partnership aims to bring both old and new titles to the small-screen entertainment world. Fox producer Karen Glass will be stationed in HarperCollinss New York office and will be scouring the publishers current and backlist titles for potential television projects, initially focusing on mysteries and thrillers.
According to HC President Jane Friedman, the first two HarperCollins titles headed for Fox television will be Legal Tender, part of Lisa Scottolines nine-volume series about the Rosato law firm, now in development at Fox TV Studios; and The Reading Group, Elizabeth Nobles book now under option with Fox.
Friedman said the deal is a deliberate effort by HarperCollins to produce its content in a variety of platforms both existing and emerging. Friedman and Fox Television Studios president Angela Shapiro-Mathes have been exploring the cross production of content for some time.