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May 15 – 31, 2004 Book Deals

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May 15-31, 2004 Edition BOOK DEALS Book, Movie Offers

Flood Offices of Pat

Tillman’s Agents

SAN JOSE, CA/05/03/04—Book and movie proposals have been flooding the offices of sports agents Frank Bauer and Kenny Chapman, who represented the late Pat Tillman, the former NFL star who died in the Iraqi war in April. Bauer and Chapman reportedly have received more than 30 pitches.

Tillman, who turned down a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Cardinals to join the U.S. Army Rangers after September 11, was killed in a firefight the night of April 22 in Afghanistan.

Tillman’s family will decide whether to accept any book or movie offers. The agents will present the offers to them at an appropriate time.

The famed soldier’s funeral was scheduled Monday May 3 at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.

Some observers inside publishing have said a book deal for theTillman story could be worth in excess of a $1 million advance.

HarperCollins to Publish

Memoir by Miramax

Co-Chairman Weinstein

NEW YORK, NY/05/13/04—HarperCollins Publishers today announced that it has acquired North American and United Kingdom publication rights to a memoir by Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, one of the most influential and widely-recognized figures in the film industry today. The still untitled book will provide readers with an ultimate close-up look at the evolution of Miramax Films into one of the great Hollywood success stories. Harvey Weinstein will donate all of his profits from the book to three charities: The Robin Hood Foundation, Paul Newman’s The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp and amfAR. The memoir will trace the lives of the Weinstein brothers from their lower-middle class roots in Queens, New York, through the founding of Miramax (named after their parents, Miriam and Max) and will chronicle the premier independent movie studio’s triumphant and sometimes turbulent history. I am so pleased that HarperCollins will be working with Harvey Weinstein on this book – the poignant, exciting, funny and brilliant story of two brothers who turned their dream into a legend, said Jane Friedman, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. Harvey is someone we read about every day. Now, in this book, we will read the true story behind Miramax s amazing success, as only Harvey can tell it. The book will be edited by HarperCollins Executive Editor David Hirshey, and is expected to be published by HarperCollins Publishers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India in 2006. The deal was negotiated by Friedman and Weinstein s agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh of the William Morris Agency. “We are very grateful for the chance to have built a business based on our passion—the world of movies,” said Weinstein. “Working with Jane, David and the entire Harper Collins team on this book offers a great opportunity to share many of the lessons I’ve learned about the business world and the entertainment industry over the past 25 years. HarperCollins is one of the leading English-language publishers in the world and is a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP). Headquartered in New York, the company has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australasia. Its publishing groups include the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children s Book Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at http://www.harpercollins.com.

Chamberlain Bros. Signs

Bestselling Author

Dr. Howard Shapiro

NEW YORK, NY/05/11/04—Chamberlain Bros., the new multi-faceted Penguin Group (USA) division, announced today that it has signed a book deal with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Howard Shapiro. The deal was negotiated by Mel Berger of the William Morris Agency.

ADD TEN YEARS TO YOUR LIFE! is an innovative publishing project that combines Dr. Shapiro’s life-extending health advice with the practical tools readers need to accomplish their individual health goals. While diet is a critical part of any lifestyle change, this is absolutely NOT a diet book. Dr. Shapiro offers a step-by-step holistic approach to health and attitude. ADD TEN YEARS TO YOUR LIFE! promises readers longer, happier, healthier, sexier, and more active lives.

For 20 years, Dr. Shapiro has had a successful holistic weight loss practice in Manhattan. He is the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller, Dr. Shapiro’s Picture Perfect Weight Loss: The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss. He has been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, New Woman, Vogue, and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Oprah, Live With Regis, The Today Show, Good Morning, America, and 48 Hours.

Carlo DeVito, Chamberlain Bros. Publisher says, “We are thrilled to have Howard join the Chamberlain Bros. family. His new direction and our new packaging are a perfect fit and an exciting event for everyone. Howard’s call for lifestyle changes, not extreme dieting, is a clarion call for the health community.”

Chamberlain Bros. is a member of Penguin Group (USA), one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Gotham Books, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Philomel, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group is owned by Pearson plc, the international media group.