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CAA, IPG, UTA, and other glittery Hollywood acronyms

I spent last Friday in Beverly Hills, wending my way from meeting to meeting—a veritable crash course in how challenging it is to sell a book in Hollywood.

Throughout the day I kept envisioning Harlan Ellison leaping across a conference table and decking some poor producer in Irwin Allen’s office. (This thought came up whenever someone would ask, “How are you going to mitigate the financial risk without a Caucasian lead character?”)

That being said, the amazing news is: I now have new representation in Über-agent Kassie Evashevski at (UTA) United Talent Agency. I absolutely adore her.

The bad news is: studios adore franchised sequels (Saw V), remakes (The Karate Kid), and TV shows turned into movies (The A-Team). So the odds of getting a film made are still about a million-to-one. But as Jim Carrey said in Dumb & Dumber, “So, you're telling me there’s a chance!”

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Reader Comments (4)

Wow, you have way more patience than I do. That question would probably have left me furious. They did realize that you aren't "wholly Caucasian" either, right? Grrrrr! To say I have very little respect for Hollywood decision makers would be the greatest of understatements. Still, I'll keep my fingers crossed for your sake Jamie. I do believe it could be a great movie if they did it right.
May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Stallsworth
Finding the right person to do battle on your behalf is huge, and you know it. Hollywood makes beautiful stuff, too. But you know that also. How exciting, Jamie. A big fat congrats to you!
May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna Moran
Do you think Hollywood learned a lesson in white-washing after The Last Airbender? or was its failure blamed on the awful script?

I hope you have more than "a chance." I love your book and have given it to numerous friends and relatives with a "you must read this" note.

On a side note, my daughter takes karate on Jackson Street. After reading "Hotel" we understood why there were cherry trees and an old temple behind her dojo in the Central District. The book inspired us to do our own research into our adopted city of Seattle. Thanks!
May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Hosch
I am almost finished reading your novel now, and I am in love. So beautiful, so sad, but hopeful. I hope there is a person in Hollywood with a brain, because this would make a wonderful movie. I haven't even finished and I am recommending this to everyone. And btw, I am caucasian. But a good story crosses boundaries. Race, age, religion - none of it matters. Which is why this is a great book.
May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

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