Stacey Dash and the incredible non-existent publishing scandal

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Stacey who? Sorry, maybe this is my Brit-ness coming out. But, who? I mean, funky-sounding monicker that could have been built for headlines, but all the same … who? Well, maybe that’s part of the problem. Adweek, and after them, Publishing Talk Daily, apparently thought there was [...]

How dumb and disgraceful the Wheel of Time rights debacle has got

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The grotesque debacle over the graveyard-slot screening of the Wheel of Time-derived series pilot Winter Dragon on February 9th is escalating into one of the most despicable examples of how Hollywood and rights-mining companies treat creative properties and franchises. Now we have a lawsuit from [...]

Tess Gerritsen not letting Gravity pull her down in Warner Bros. court battle

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

“Internationally bestselling author” Tess Gerritsen has released the latest bulletin from the frontline in an ongoing court battle against Warner Bros., under the modest title “My GRAVITY lawsuit and how it affects every writer who sells to Hollywood.” And while at other [...]

A need for piracy?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

German expatriate film director (and former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion) Lexi Alexander has posted a very interesting – and already much commented-on – entry on her blog, entitled “Will the Real Pirates Please Stand Up?” As well as a selfie calling on Sweden to [...]

Veronica Mars movie will release simultaneously to theaters and on-line

By Chris Meadows
February 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Veronica Mars Kickstarted movie is set to make its big-screen debut on 270 screens across the United States next month—and when it does, it will be available for on-line digital purchase and rental at the same time. This is unprecedented for a movie from one of Hollywood’s six major [...]

Hollywood Walk of Fame sidewalk stars are paid PR ‘events’

By Dan Bloom
February 18, 2014 // 3 Comments

With the annual Oscars bash soon upon us, everyone’s thinking about movie stars and celebrities. But did you know that the famous Walk of Fame “stars” on the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard are applied for and paid for one year in advance to the tune of $30,000 a pop? It seems [...]

Netflix and e-books: E-media symmetries

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

At first glance, this story about how Netflix is changing the nature of how Hollywood thinks about TV doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with e-books. But if you take a second look, you might notice how the service’s “celestial jukebox” nature lines up with the instant gratification and [...]

SL eBooks Turns Hollywood's Best Unproduced Screenplays Into E-Singles

By Dan Eldridge
May 6, 2013 // 2 Comments

Over the past two or three months, you may have begun to notice that nearly every time you get around to catching up on your digital publishing news, yet another media outlet is announcing their new e-book division. And that’s definitely a good thing—don’t get me wrong. But so many of [...]

Happy International Day Against DRM!

By Dan Eldridge
May 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Honestly, I hadn’t even heard about this until I woke up this morning and checked my phone, but apparently today—that’s Friday, May 3, 2013—is something of a holiday in the digital publishing community. It’s the fifth annual International Day Against DRM. Huh. The [...]

Republican paper on copyright reform lasts less than 24 hours, but there may still be hope

By libertyc
November 20, 2012 // 4 Comments

Given the state of Republican rhetoric in recent years, I was very surprised to find them endorsing a cause I can actually wholeheartedly support—but they did so this past weekend, for less than 24 hours before they hastily retracted it. I refer to a paper issued by the Republican Study [...]

Rumor: Ridley Scott optioning self-published Amazon bestseller movie rights

By libertyc
May 14, 2012 // 1 Comment

How popular is self-published fiction becoming? Apparently popular enough to draw major Hollywood attention. Gossip site Deadline reports that the production company of Ridley (Prometheus, Bladerunner) and Tony (Top Gun) Scott is in the process of snagging the movie rights to the self-published [...]

Sergey Brin says Hollywood anti-piracy legislation is misguided

By Paul Biba
April 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

From AfterDawn: Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said the entertainment industry is “shooting themselves in the foot, or maybe worse than the foot” by trying to push anti-piracy legislation. Brin said the recently killed PIPA and SOPA legislation would have led to the U.S. becoming [...]

Judicial nominations in the Internet age

By libertyc
May 17, 2010 // 1 Comment

Chris Good has an interesting piece in the Atlantic (found via Slashdot) pointing out one of the unforeseen consequences of the digital age on the nominations of judicial appointees such as Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Nominees to the Supreme Court and other high-profile judicial positions [...]

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