HBO / Hollywood Dementia
Deadline founder Nikki Finke has inked a first-look deal with HBO which gives the premium cabler access to the short stories published on Finke’s website Hollywood Dementia. Through the deal, HBO will have the first opportunity to option stories published on the site, which features fictional stories centered on the entertainment industry. Finke will serve as a producer on the TV adaptations along with Killer Films’ Christine Vachon.
The website describes itself as “a showcase for the stunning creative talent which Hollywood attracts but rarely nurtures” and proclaims that it is “not for the easily offended or ridiculously naive.” The site currently features about 300 short stories from about 100 writers with subjects that center around Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Finke, who was the Editor-in-Chief and founder of Deadline Hollywood from 2006 – 2013, invites writers to submit their stories via the site, many of whom work in the industry and are vetted by Finke prior to submitting.
Finke joins a long list of influencers that HBO has signed pacts with in recent months, including Bill Simmons, Jon Stewart, Issa Rae, and Lena Dunham. The deal comes at a time when the network is looking for new ways to create and deliver content, including through its over-the-top service HBONow.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.