SOURCE: GigaPix Studios

April 15, 2008 12:40 ET

GigaPix Studios Cops Rights to Crime Novels

MovieBooks TV Series Spawned From Books by James Lee Burke and Laura Lippman

CHATSWORTH, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - GigaPix Studios has secured the rights to a group of mystery and crime novels from two New York Times best selling authors, James Lee Burke and Laura Lippman, and is launching its new television platform, MovieBooks, according to David Pritchard, CEO of GigaPix.

Lippman's titles include "Charm City," "No Good Deeds," "In Big Trouble," "Butcher's Hill," "By A Spider's Thread," "Another Thing to Fall," "The Sugar House," "Strange City," and "Baltimore Blues."

Burke's "Cimarron Rose," "Heartwood," "In the Red Moon of Ponies," and "Butterroot" are part of the package.

MovieBooks is a branded limited series for television based on books from best selling authors. Each limited series will be at least six hours based on a single title, "a format allowing for a rich and unabridged adaptation," said Pritchard.

"MovieBooks goes beyond the traditional film adaptation of novels and provides the audience with a true chapter by chapter telling of the author's story. This format allows us to showcase the true storytelling strength of each author and not compromise their talents through compression."

Pritchard emphasized that the flexibility of the format makes it ideal for any television format, ranging from broadcast networks, basic cable and premium cable networks, fitting into a range of programming slots.

"MovieBooks is ideally suited for on demand and digital delivery. Each hour or episode can be released on a weekly basis through digital formats like Tivo, iTunes, Amazon and UnBox, or through cable video on demand services. A continuing storyline through each series ensures multiple downloads and views from the audience wishing to see the complete story of each book."

Mike Pavone has been set to produce a slate of MovieBooks series. Among other credits, Pavone was a producer on "Prison Break" and "Side Order of Life."

Negotiations are ongoing with a number of television and cable outlets, according to Pritchard.

Lippman was a newspaper reporter for 20 years, including 12 years at The Baltimore Sun before leaving daily journalism in 2001.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. His novel, "The Lost Get-Back Boogie," was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Joel Gotler of Intellectual Property Group negotiated both book deals.

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