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Rudin and Diller Go Into the E-Book and (Gasp!) Real Book Business

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 19, 2012 at 12:58PM

Media titan Barry Diller and uber-producer Scott Rudin are joining forces for a new e-book publishing house, Brightline; they are partnering with Brooklyn-based start-up Atavist, already well known for publishing long-form articles for tablets.
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Barry Diller, Frances Coady, Evan Ratliff of Atavist and Scott Rudin
Fred R. Conrad, The New York Times Barry Diller, Frances Coady, Evan Ratliff of Atavist and Scott Rudin

Media titan Barry Diller and uber-producer Scott Rudin are joining forces for a new e-book publishing house, Brightline; they are partnering with Brooklyn-based start-up Atavist, already well known for publishing long-form articles for tablets. Rudin, who tends toward high-pedigree, Oscar-friendly literary film adaptations (think "The Hours," "No Country for Old Men"), seems a natural choice for going into the e-book business.

Notably, Brightline is also incorporating a bit of the old-school into its publishing venture -- the company will produce physical books, too. Short and long-form fiction, as well as non-fiction, will all be Brightline's focus, with a projected start date of mid-2013.

Diller's IAC, which is also backs Tina Brown's Newsweek and The Daily Beast, will reportedly put $20 million into the new company. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is weathered many ups and downs during his decade-long foray in the book business.

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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.