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

Thompson on Hollywood 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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