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Hollywood Comes Calling for Nate Silver -- Future Box Office Guru?

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 14, 2012 at 3:20PM

Following Nate Silver's impressively accurate predictions of the voting outcome in all 50 states for the November 6 election, the NY Times blogger has been approached by Hollywood...
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Nate Silver

Following Nate Silver's impressively accurate predictions of the voting outcome in all 50 states for the November 6 election, the NY Times blogger has been approached by Hollywood. TV producers and LA-based talent agencies have reportedly put out offers, as Silver is contemplating a follow-up to his bestselling book "The Signal and the Noise" (which cruised up the Amazon charts after the election).

While Silver has a lit agent, he is currently unrepresented in entertainment. A source tells the Hollywood Reporter that Silver could be best suited to box-office analysis or correspondence for TV news programs, as well as radio and public speaking. This seems to line up with the little info Silver would give on the offers he's been fielding since November 6, which include shows focusing on "how statistics are shaping society and how they solve problems."

On the possibility of box-office predicitons, Silver says he sees it as an appealing arena open to "'Moneyball'-style appraising."

Silver has previous experience with Hollywood; he's done consulting for an undisclosed studio. But word is that his initial stab at box office prognosticating was not as easy to handle as polls and stats.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.