Dick Wolf, king of the Law & Order brand, has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins' imprint, William Morrow. Here is the official press release from HarperCollins:
Author: Seale Ballenger
Subject: WILLIAM MORROW TO PUBLISH TWO THRILLERS BY DICK WOLF, CREATOR OF THE FAMED “LAW & ORDER” TELEVISION FRANCHISE
WILLIAM MORROW TO PUBLISH TWO THRILLERS BY DICK WOLF, CREATOR OF THE FAMED “LAW & ORDER” TELEVISION FRANCHISE
New York, NY (July 26, 2010) – William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers today announced plans to publish two novels by Dick Wolf, the visionary creator and executive producer behind one of television’s longest-running programs, “Law & Order” (NBC), and its extremely successful other “Law & Order” spin-off franchise series.
The first novel––as yet to be titled––is a tale in the tradition of The Day of the Jackal andThree Days of the Condor, a realistic, high-concept suspense thriller about a major terrorist attack planned for New York City over the July 4th weekend, engaging the Joint Terrorism Task Force and a NYPD Detective who is the city’s last hope to stop the attack.
The two-book deal was acquired by William Morrow Executive Editor, David Highfill, who was sent the project on exclusive submission by Richard Abate at 3ArtsEntertainment, and pre-empted it, buying World English rights, including all Audio and EBook rights, etc. Wolf’s attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie and agent Peter Benedek (UTA) made the deal.
Highfill says, “As he has shown us in the authenticity and freshness of his TV work, Dick Wolf is a master of tightly woven, character-driven American stories that feel like they are happening right in front of you, right now, not last week or last year. He will bring just that sense of heightened immediacy and drama to this new novel.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dick Wolf, one of television's most respected drama series creator/producers, is the architect of one of the most successful brands in the history of television––NBC's "Law & Order." A two time Emmy Award-winning producer, Wolf serves as creator and executive producer of the four "Law & Order" drama series from Wolf Films and Universal Media Studios–– "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and the soon-to-premier “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”
Wolf's "Law & Order"series continue to rewrite the annals of television history. "Law & Order," having just aired its 20th and final season on NBC had been the longest-running current drama series on television. It received 11 consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nominations, the record for most consecutive series Emmy nominations in the history of television (tied with "Cheers" and "M*A*S*H") and won the coveted Emmy in that category in 1997. "Law & Order's" other accolades include: the highly coveted Peabody Award; multiple Emmys; the Crystal Apple Award from the New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting; the Writers Guild Award for Television, and numerous other high ranking tributes.
Wolf has been a creative force in television for more than 25 years, beginning with an illustrious career as a top advertising executive and continuing as one of television's most prolific producer/writers with such series as "Conviction," "L.A. Dragnet," "Hill Street Blues," "Miami Vice," "New York Undercover," "Arrest & Trial," "South Beach" and "Feds and Players." Among his feature-film credits are writer of the screenplay for the hit Paramount release "School Ties," writer and executive producer of "Masquerade," and writer and producer of "No Man's Land."
Wolf's personal honors include such awards as: the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Banff Television Festival; the 2002 Creative Achievement Award from NATPE; the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award; the Leadership and Inspiration Award from the Entertainment Industries Council; the Governor's Award from the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; the 1997 Achievement Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors, the 1998 Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicists Guild of America, and the 2002 Tribute from the Museum of Television and Radio. On March 29, 2007, Wolf received a star on Hollywood's world-famous Walk of Fame.
Wolf is also an Honorary Consul of Monaco and is actively involved in the principality's prestigious annual television festival, and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community.
ABOUT HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS:
HarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world including the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children's Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins has published some of the world's foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement, HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand and generate additional business opportunities. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at http://www.harpercollins.com.
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