The literary agent Richard Abate has sold a book by the comedian Judah Friedlander, who plays Frank on 30 Rock, to It Books, the new pop culture imprint of HarperCollins. Mr. Friedlander will write the book in the voice of the World Champion, the outlandishly boastful character he has been playing as a stand-up comedian Read More
Richard Abate’s Endeavor team is breaking up, as the Hollywood talent agency it has serviced in all things literary since the spring of 2007 prepares to merge with the William Morris Agency.
Mr. Abate was left to plan his next act when the merger was finalized at the end of April and it Read More
Just over two years after leaving his job as an agent at ICM to open a New York–based literary department for the Hollywood talent agency Endeavor, Richard Abate has found himself having to plan the next phase of his career.
Mr. Abate, who is in his early 40s, oversaw a number of seven-figure book Read More
Remember when Lehman Brothers collapsed and every financial journalist in the world had a book deal about the economic crisis like five minutes later? Well, apparently a few of them were outside smoking or something while that was going on, because there are at least eight people out there right now working on books about Read More
The journalist Richard Behar and his literary agent, Richard Abate, moved fast when they heard about Bernie Madoff’s arrest last week. Within a few days, a book proposal was ready, and Mr. Abate, last in the news for brokering a massive deal for Tina Fey, pulled the trigger as fast as he could. Read More
Anne Kornblut, who covered the presidential election for The Washington Post and will soon be reporting for the paper on the Obama White House, will write a book called Rejection: Why America Isn’t Ready for A Woman President for the Crown imprint of Random House.
The book was acquired for a sum in the Read More
A frost is coming to publishing. And while the much ballyhooed death of the industry this is not, the ecosystem to which our book makers are accustomed is about to be unmistakably disrupted. At hand is the twilight of an era most did not expect to miss, but will.
For now, the Read More
Good googly moogly! Keith Kelly reports in The New York Post this morning that literary agent Richard Abate has publishers going nuts at the prospect of a book by Tina Fey.
We heard earlier this week that Mr. Abate was boldly asking for $5 million, but apparently someone has since offered him Read More
Richard Abate, the Endeavor Talent Agency’s man in New York, has sold a trilogy about vampires by film director Guillermo Del Toro and thriller author Chuck Hogan to the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins. You can be sure this was a multi-million dollar deal, with an advance somewhere in the neighborhood of the $3 million Read More
Heroes creator Tim Kring is collaborating with literary critic and novelist Dale Peck on a sci-fi/alternative-history trilogy that was sold at auction to Crown yesterday for an advance said to be worth a staggering $3 million.
According to an industry source, the book is set in America, and runs from the 1960s to the Read More