Monday News: More piracy for Game of Thrones, recent book acquisitions, Rowling on more Harry Potter, and literary insults
There has been some hand-wringing on behalf of HBO in the articles on this leak, but if you look back a year to the Season 4 premiere of the show, HBO seemed more proud than concerned by the fact that the show was the world’s most pirated:
Furthermore, they really don’t seem to care about Game of Thrones piracy much at all. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes explains:
“Basically, we’ve been dealing with this issue for years with HBO, literally 20, 30 years, where people have always been running wires down on the back of apartment buildings and sharing with their neighbors,” he said. “Our experience is, it all leads to more penetration, more paying subs, more health for HBO, less reliance on having to do paid advertising… If you go around the world, I think you’re right, Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world. Well, you know, that’s better than an Emmy.” –Fast Company & Forbes
Marc Gerald at the Agency Group handled the sale for Jade Chang, an arts journalist (Glamour, the BBC) who lives in Los Angeles and currently works at Goodreads. The book follows an American clan, the patriarch of which arrived in this country, built a successful cosmetics empire, then lost it all. The acquisition marks Atsma’s first since joining HMH last month; she described the book as “an epic story of immigration, riches to rags, and family.” She added that it’s the “rare novel that makes me both laugh out loud and cry.” –Publishers Weekly
“You know, it is my world and I might choose to step back into it.”
If she did write a sequel it would be the eighth in the series.
But Rowling told “Today” she wasn’t that keen on showing how Harry and his chums Hermione and Ron ended up. –New York Daily News