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    One on One With Lane Shefter Bishop

     
    It has been a few months since I last spoke with Lane Shefter Bishop, CEO of Vast Entertainment who has become known as “The Book Whisperer” of Hollywood. In the last few years, she has set up more than two dozen novels for adaptation to TV Series, Movie of the Weeks and Feature Films. I had to get the low down, for what is currently going on and what is to come in the near future.

    K. Diggs: How do you find potential novels for adaptation?

    Bishop: I work with 60 plus authors’ agents out of New York who send me material. One thing, I don’t go after the publishers because they only own performance rights for about 5% of the books they publish. I’m very selective with whom I will work , I treat the material with respect and if I love it, I will do whatever it takes to bring it to screen.

    K. Diggs: Are these novels often already published works available in stores?

    Bishop: No. The books are not in stores. With Vast Entertainment, I have sort of created a niche for myself with “early sneak peeks.” I read things that haven’t gone to publishers yet, book proposals and partials. I don’t actually need the whole book to sell it because so much is changed anyway during the adaptation process.

    K Diggs: What is the process of setting up a property?

    Bishop: I figure out if the material should be TV or film, depending on the scale and I figure out if it’s ready to be pitched. If I need to make an adjustment I will bring on a screenwriter. The book Choke which became the film The Choking Game, which I EP’d and directed earlier this year, was a middle grade book but I had a screenwriter make the pitch more teen-oriented so we could sell it to Lifetime.

    K Diggs: What is your relationship like with the authors you work with?

    Bishop: I am one of the unusual producers that love to have the authors involved. When I worked with Sandra Brown, it was such as asset. Those experiences will benefit the movie because the director is able to get the inside information directly from the original source of the project.

    K. Diggs: What are the most recent projects you have done?

    Bishop: I’m working on a project with Peter Chernin called “ Reboot.” I set-up the project with only 100 pages of the book completed. We hired a writer, got a director on board and things are going great. It’s always fun when you are making a movie.

    K. Diggs: You seem to be living, literally, in both the world of TV and Film, Los Angeles and in the literary world, New York. What is that like?

    Bishop: I’m the luckiest person on the planet! I get to take my two favorite things and merge them together. One day I was sitting in an agent’s office in New York and she told me “I have a rough draft manuscript called “The Duff – Designated Ugly Fat Friend.” I read it and loved it and had it set-up with McG within two weeks. We got a director on board and talent but it took about four and a half years total to get it made by CBS Films. That film will be out in theaters in February.

    K. Diggs: You have created a real professional niche for yourself. Can you talk about that?

    Bishop: The industry has changed over the last few years, drastically. When I started doing only literary material, it was hard because people didn’t want to read books. So, I’d send a 1-page summary or a 3-5 page summary to try to get an exec to consider the project. Then Harry Potter and Twilight came out and suddenly everything shifted. Now the executives are now calling me for book material. I even tell screenwriters to write their book first because they’ll have a better chance at getting their screenplay made with a book as underlying intellectual property.

    K Diggs: I have heard you have a book of your own in the works, what is the theme and where can we find out more about it?

    Bishop: I have a book coming out called: Loglines: The Art of Selling Your Story In A Single Sentence. It’s based on what I do all day. I have one sentence to pitch to busy execs and it has to be a good one. Now, I want to teach authors how to pitch their work so they can sell themselves. I try to instill in writers the importance of focusing on what’s unique about their material. That’s the basis of a great logline, that’s what it’s all about.

    It was a pleasure interviewing Lane. I enjoyed hearing about what goes on in her world on a daily basis. I look forward to reading the book and writing a review. To the writers out there who are looking to get published or see your film come to life, as Lane says, “ You have to sell it in a sentence! It is all about the logline.” For more information please visit www.sellitinasentence.com or www.Vast-Entertainment.com

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