Books are important minefields for episodic storytelling. Series like ABC’s Resurrection were born out of the hardcovers before going to the small screen. Join media and content company Glasstown Entertainment for an engaging conversation on the importance of intellectual property in Hollywood and why producers are looking outside the industry for big ideas.
The panel will identify the similarities in which books have brought about inspiration for both the big and small screen, while also delving into the challenges of bridging the gap between the New York book world and the Los Angeles entertainment industry. Our expert panelists will also discuss co-developing a project across multiple platforms and the various ways to find success in building a story.
Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between NYC and LA. Serle most recently wrote the YA book series, Famous in Love and its sequel - Truly Madly Famously, both published by Little Brown (publisher of Twilight and Gossip Girl). Serle co-developed the television adaptation of her books, also entitled Famous in Love, for Freeform and Warner Brothers Television with Marlene King. The show stars Bella Thorne and will premiere April 18th on Freeform. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, a creative development and production company located in New York and Los Angeles. She is also the author of Spindle Fire and Proof of Forever, both young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books. Acquainted with the Cold was the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and collections including Best New Poets 2012, and she has received several honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both HarperCollins and Penguin, before founding Glasstown Entertainment along with New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree.
Sara Shepard is the author of 30 books, including the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars, which just wrapped its seventh and final season on Freeform TV. Three of her other book projects are optioned for TV production, and she is currently at work developing a series from scratch with Warner Horizon. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two kids.