Cutting the pie into more pieces

August 14, 2008

The New York Times looks at efforts by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to get a cut of the profits generated by film adaptations of its properties. I’m kind of surprised it took them this long, and it will be interesting to see how complex deals for film rights become.

“In exchange for a percentage of the revenues, Simon & Schuster may agree to publish a book long before it is written, based on an assurance from the Gotham Group that it has Hollywood potential.

“Simon & Schuster will also receive money when its children’s books are turned into video games, comic books or other properties.”

Is anyone else feeling that shiver running down the spine?

Essay question

August 14, 2008

According to the Times Online, Britain is making its A-Level examinations more challenging by adding an independent research project. Oh, man, I would love to read the second one cited here:

“Students will work on projects independently, but will be taught research skills by their teachers, who will supervise and mark the projects. Subjects chosen by the 1,700 students who have piloted the project include ‘Can science explain the nature of happiness?’ and ‘Cultural comparison of Japanese Manga and American super-hero comics’.”

Post it, college-bound Brit! Post it now!