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In what is being described as an unprecedented partnership, Sony Pictures and book publisher HarperCollins have inked a first-look deal with former Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler and her entire Fox 2000 team, which includes Erin Sinimoff, Marisa Paiva, Nikki Ramey and Molly Saffron.
It’s unclear what the name of Gabler’s new venture will be, but it will be based on the Sony lot, and tasked with pursuing, developing and ultimately producing theatrical films and other content based on HarperCollins’ extensive catalog. It is a first-look deal, but if a project isn’t a fit for Sony, the deal allows Gabler and her team to make content for any streaming or television platform.
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“For the past two decades our division has thrived by building a film slate based principally on adaptations of literary properties, both fiction and non-fiction,” said Gabler. “Our close collaborations with authors and their material gives us a tremendous advantage because the development process begins with a terrific story and great characters and even more so after publication, with the added bonus of audience pre-awareness. Additionally, when a film is in production and up through release, we collaborate closely with our authors, their representatives, and most importantly, the publishers, to maximize book sales in conjunction with the film. We have always felt that HarperCollins is part of our family and it is now an honor and a privilege to create a true partnership with Brian Murray and his amazing global team. The only person I know who could have made this a reality with Brian is my mentor, friend, and inspiration, Tom Rothman, and my team and I are deeply grateful for the opportunity to become part of the powerhouse that is Sony Pictures Entertainment.”
“No one in Hollywood has done a better job of bringing books to film than Elizabeth...
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