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Carolyn Reidy Dies: Simon & Schuster President And CEO Was 71

Carolyn Reidy Dies: Simon & Schuster President And CEO Was 71
Carolyn Reidy, the powerhouse publisher who ran Simon & Schuster as president and CEO and edited seven Pulitzer Prize winners, died today of a heart attack. She was 71.

Simon & Schuster CFO Dennis Eulau confirmed the news in this memo to staff.

As a publisher and a leader,” he wrote, “Carolyn pushed us to stretch to do just that little bit more; to do our best and then some for our authors, in whose service she came to work each day with an unbridled and infectious enthusiasm and great humor.”

Read the full memo below.

Reidy joined Simon & Schuster in 1992 from Avon Books as President of the Trade Division and was named president of its Adult Publishing Group in 2001. Reidy was upped to president and CEO in 2007 to replace the retiring Jack Romanos.

She was named Publishers Weekly‘s Person of the Year in 2017.

During her tenure, Simon & Schuster published books
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Kobe Bryant’s Reading List Compiled By Los Angeles Public Librarian

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The Los Angeles Public Library has revealed Kobe Bryant’s reading inspirations.

“As one would expect from a passionate storyteller, Bryant also appreciated reading a good book,” librarian Keith Kesler wrote in a blog post on the library’s website. “I searched through old interviews and social media posts to find the books that inspired the Black Mamba.”

The Kobe reading list includes “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho; “The Illustrated Art of War,” Sun Tzu; “Blink” and “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell; “Children of Blood and Bone,” Tomi Adeymi; “The Hero’s Journey,” Joseph Campbell; “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” Richard Bach; “Lone Survivor,” Marcus Luttrell; “Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable,” by trainer Tim Grover; “Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike,” Phil Knight; “The Silver Linings Playbook,” by Matthew Quick; “Sunny,” Jason Reynolds, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” by Dolores Kearns Goodwin; “Thirty Rooms to Hide In,
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So, How Was Your Decade, Louis Tomlinson?

So, How Was Your Decade, Louis Tomlinson?
So, How Was Your Decade is a series in which the decade’s most innovative musicians answer our questionnaire about the music, culture and memorable moments that shaped their decade. We’ll be rolling these pieces out throughout December.

Louis Tomlinson had just become an adult when the decade began and was quickly thrust into the spotlight with one of the biggest bands of this pop era. In July 2010, Tomlinson had been grouped up with four other boys who had auditioned as solo artists on The X-Factor — Harry Styles, Niall Horan,
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Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Kicks “Pathetic” Nike After Colin Kaepernick Concerns See July 4th Shoe Yanked From Stores

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Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Kicks “Pathetic” Nike After Colin Kaepernick Concerns See July 4th Shoe Yanked From Stores
Just hours before Nike’s Independance Day themed Air Max 1 USA was set to go on sale across America, the sportswear giant has pulled the kicks amidst apparent concerns from Colin Kaepernick about connections to the country’s slavery past – and that’s got Laura Ingraham hitting the boycott button.

“Pathetic!!” tweeted out the Fox News Channel host this evening after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Betsy Ross tinged Air Max 1 USA was Doa after the former NFL star and Nike sponsored civil rights activist expressed reservations to top execs at the Phil Knight co-founded company about the use of the old flag on the shoe.

Not content with make her Pov known in one word, Ingraham followed up with seven more less than an hour later:

No more @nike sneakers for our family. “Nike Nixes ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes” https://t.co/4Dca
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Will Vinton Bio-Documentary In (Stop) Motion From Xyz Films & Starburns

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Exclusive: Xyz Films and Rick and Morty producer Starburns Industries are teaming to produce Welcome to My Daydream, a biographical feature-length documentary about Oscar-winning stop-motion animation icon Will Vinton. Marq Evans (The Glamour & the Squalor) is set to direct, with Xyz handling worldwide sales.

The docu will feature new original claymation scenes using characters Vinton helped design before his death in October.

Vinton won the Oscar for Animated Short in 1975 with Bob Gardiner for Closed Mondays, the first of four noms in the category. He also was co-nominated for the visual effects in Walter Murch’s Return to Oz in 1986. Vinton’s creations hit the mainstream thanks to advertising campaigns led by the Marvin Gaye-signing California Raisins and Domino’s Pizza’s Noid. His Portland-based Will Vinton Studios eventually was acquired by Nike’s Phil Knight and morphed into Laika, the stop-motion studio headed by Travis Knight that has
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Nike's Phil Knight on Kaepernick, 'I Don't Know If He's Being Blackballed'

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Nike has put their money behind Colin Kaepernick -- and now the man who founded the company tells TMZ Sports, he believes the Qb should still be playing in the NFL. We saw shoe legend, Phil Knight leaving Michael's restaurant in New York the other day and while he threw his support behind Colin -- he stopped short when we asked if he believed Ck is being blackballed by the NFL. "I don't know," Knight told us ... "I don't know.
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Why Is Nike’s Founder Putting Millions Behind a Trump-y Republican During the Kaepernick Campaign?

Is billionaire Nike founder Phil Knight trying to buy a Republican governor? If that question sounds outlandish, so are the facts. Knight has directly given the campaign of Oregon gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler $2.5 million dollars. Knight has also given $1 million to the Republican Governors’ Association, which steered nearly that amount into Buehler’s campaign.

Knight’s backing of a member of Donald Trump’s Republican party creates dissonance at a moment when Nike has launched its new “Just Do It” campaign featuring blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Trump has maligned Kaepernick
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Variety’s Creative Leadership Honoree Travis Knight Makes Bold Moves Onscreen and Off

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Variety’s Creative Leadership Honoree Travis Knight Makes Bold Moves Onscreen and Off
Deep in the pacific Northwest, in the rain-drenched, cold brew-infused world of Portland, Ore., Travis Knight has created something strange and very special. Over the past 15 years, the stop-motion helmer and producer has built Laika, a film studio that’s become famous for crafting movies by hand.

They’ve also been lauded for their cutting-edge technologies that they use in conjunction with their stop-motion art. In 2016, Laika won a Sci-Tech award from AMPAS for its 3D printing technologies.

It’s taken years to attract and develop the kind of unusual, gifted artists that can make hits including “ParaNorman” and the critically lauded “Kubo and the Two Strings.” But Knight, who describes himself as a lonely kid who loved to read and become immersed in stories, feels in sync with the creative family who’ve joined him there.

“We are a strange group of people, from all walks of life, from all over the world,
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Will Vinton, Oscar-Winning Claymation Animator, Dies at 70

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Will Vinton, an Oscar-winning master of Claymation who coined the term, has died. He was 70.

Vinton’s children announced his death in a Facebook post, writing that he had been battling multiple myeloma for 12 years.

Educated at Uc Berkeley, Vinton met future collaborator and clay animator Bob Gardiner in the early ’70s. The pair relocated to Vinton’s native Portland, where they created what would be come Claymation. After they parted ways, the mustachioed animator founded Will Vinton Studios, hiring new creators to expand the studio.

The Oregonian won his Oscar, which he shared with Gardiner, for their 1975 short film “Closed Mondays.” His studio also oversaw creation of several Emmy-winning projects, including TV series “The PJs” and TV specials “A Claymation Christmas Celebration,” “A Claymation Easter,” and “Claymation Comedy of Horrors.” He received three other Oscar nominations for short films “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Great Cognito,” and “The Creation.”

By the 1990s,
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The Game Says Kaep's Nike Ad Is Changing the World, 'One for the History Books'

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The Game Says Kaep's Nike Ad Is Changing the World, 'One for the History Books'
The Game says Colin Kaepernick's new Nike ad is "one for the history books" -- and tells TMZ Sports he hopes it's just the beginning of Nike becoming a driving force for social justice.  "Everything that Nike's doing with Kaepernick is incredible," The Game told us in L.A. "It's incredible to see a corporation as big as Nike put all that faith and trust in one of our new heroes. I think it's dope ... So,
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Netflix is Planning on Developing a Film Based on Nike Founder Phil Knight

I don't know much about the origin of Nike or its founder Phil Knight, but Netflix has optioned the rights to Knight's bestselling memoir Shoe Dog, and they plan to make a movie based on his life.

Knight is set to produce the film alongside legendary producer Frank Marshall and they've hired Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to write the screenplay.

Shoe Dog traces Nike’s evolution from intrepid startup to iconic global brand, and Knight’s entrepreneurial journey, as a business school graduate who borrowed $50 from his father to launch a company that would import low-cost shoes from Japan, which he sold from the trunk of his lime green Plymouth Valiant.

Sounds like it's going to be an interesting story! When talking about the Knight's story, Marshall says:

"It’s an amazing tale about what the path to success really looks like, with its mistakes, struggles, sacrifice and even luck.
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Nike Co-Founder Phil Knight Is Getting a Biopic at Netflix

One of the most famous shoe brands in history is having its story told via a new biopic being produced by Netflix. The streaming service has optioned the rights to the book Shoe Dog, the memoir of Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike. The book was published in 2016 and has been on the New York Times bestseller list ever since. So there are clearly a lot of people interested in this story. Not to mention the $36 billion in annual sales that Nike logs. Here's what Knight had to say in a statement about the biopic.

"I look forward to working with my friend, the great Frank Marshall, in bringing my story and the story of Nike to the screen. I have been gratified by the reception my book has received and think that we can explain my journey and the story of Nike to an even larger audience in collaboration with Netflix.

Netflix developing film about Nike co-founder Phil Knight with producer Frank Marshall

The People v Oj Simpson writers are working on a script.

Netflix has optioned the rights to Phil Knight’s memoir Shoe Dog and set Frank Marshall to produce a biopic about the Nike co-founder.

The People v Oj Simpson writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are writing the screenplay.

First published in 2016 and translated into 40 languages since then, Shoe Dog tells the story of how Knight, who will produce the film with Marshall, borrowed $50 from his father in the early sixties and encountered setbacks, ruthless competitors and hostile bankers as he built Nike into a multi-billion dollar training shoe and sporting gear company.
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Netflix developing film about Nike co-founder Phil Knight

Netflix developing film about Nike co-founder Phil Knight
Frank Marshall will produce, with The People v Oj Simpson writers working on a script.

Netflix has optioned the rights to Phil Knight’s memoir Shoe Dog and set Frank Marshall to produce a biopic about the Nike co-founder.

The People v Oj Simpson writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are writing the screenplay.

First published in 2016 and translated into 40 languages since then, Shoe Dog tells the story of how Knight, who will produce the film with Marshall, borrowed $50 from his father in the early sixties and encountered setbacks, ruthless competitors and hostile bankers as he built Nike into a
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Nike Co-Founder Biopic Coming Form Netflix, Frank Marshall

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Nike Co-Founder Biopic Coming Form Netflix, Frank Marshall
Prolific producer Frank Marshall and the award-winning writers behind “The People v O.J. Simpson” are teaming up with Netflix to tell the story of Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

Marshall and the streaming service have optioned “Shoe Dog,” the New York Times bestseller about how Knight turned a $50 loan from his father into an empire that generates $36 billion in sales annually.

“I have been gratified by the reception my book has received and think that we can explain my journey and the story of Nike to an even larger audience in collaboration with Netflix,” Knight said in a statement.

“Phil created a brand and a company that became much more than the swoosh. Through innovation, passion, and trial and error, Phil created something that became a part of our culture. We can’t wait to share that with the world,
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Netflix Developing Biopic on Nike Founder Phil Knight

  • Variety
Netflix has optioned the movie rights to Nike founder Phil Knight’s autobiography “Shoe Dog.”

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, whose credits include “Ed Wood,” and “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” are writing the screenplay. Knight will produce with Frank Marshall.

Knight launched Nike in 1963 with $50 borrowed from his father with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Knight grossed $8,000 in that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $36 billion.

“I look forward to working with my friend, the great Frank Marshall, in bringing my story and the story of Nike to the screen,” Knight said. “I have been gratified by the reception my book has received and think that we can explain my journey and the story of Nike to an even larger audience in collaboration with Netflix.”

Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group, said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be
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Netflix Options Nike Founder Phil Knight’s Memoir ‘Shoe Dog’ For Movie Treatment

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Netflix has optioned film rights to Nike founder Phil Knight’s bestselling memoir Shoe Dog, which he will produce alongside Oscar-nominated producer Frank Marshall. The Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning team of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will write the screenplay.

Shoe Dog traces Nike’s evolution from intrepid startup to iconic global brand, and Knight’s entrepreneurial journey, as a business school graduate who borrowed $50 from his father to launch a company that would import low-cost shoes from Japan, which he sold from the trunk of his lime green Plymouth Valiant.

“It’s an amazing tale about what the path to success really looks like, with its mistakes, struggles, sacrifice and even luck,” said Marshall of the project. “It’s about how a company can grow with the right people, dedication, a belief in the power of sport and
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Nike Founder Phil Knight Getting Biopic Treatment From Netflix

Swoosh, there it is.

The story of Phil Knight and the creation of Nike is getting the biopic treatment via Netflix, which has picked up the rights to Knight’s best-selling memoir, Shoe Dog.

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who wrote The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, are penning the script for the adaptation, which will be produced by Frank Marshall and Knight.

Shoe Dog was published in April 2016 and has been on the New York Times' best-seller list ever since. The book details the story of how Knight, fresh out of business school, borrowed $50 ...
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Sun Valley 2018 Guest List Includes Shari Redstone, Leslie Moonves, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg (Exclusive)

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Sun Valley 2018 Guest List Includes Shari Redstone, Leslie Moonves, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg (Exclusive)
Things could get awkward at Sun Valley, the annual gathering of moguls and media barons taking place next month in Idaho.

Shari Redstone and Leslie Moonves, currently locked in a fierce battle for control of CBS that has them trading legal jabs and corporate put-downs on a daily basis, have both been invited to the one-percent confab. By the time Sun Valley takes place in July, Moonves may have succeeded in his plan to dilute the Redstone family’s control of CBS and prevent a shotgun merger with Viacom. If he fails, he could be out of a job.

Viacom CEO and Redstone favorite Bob Bakish’s name does not appear on the list.

Redstone and Moonves aren’t the only big names gassing up the private jets and hitting Idaho for Allen & Co.’s annual media conference. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon head Jeff Bezos, General Motors CEO Mary Barra,
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Nike CEO Phil Knight -- We're Not Calling It Quits on Lance Armstrong

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Nike might reunite with Lance Armstrong after all ... despite terminating its contract with the disgraced cyclist last year -- so says the Nike CEO Phil Knight. Phil was out in DC yesterday when we asked if Lance and Nike might patch things up after the cyclist admitted to using PEDs -- and Phil responded, "Never say never."You'll recall, Nike dropped Lance back in October, saying, "Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong
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