Showbiz Sandbox 158: A Rundown of The Year’s Top-Earning Authors

August 13, 2012


James Patterson tops the list of this year’s highest-paid authors according to Forbes. Working with a team of writers Patterson published an astounding 14 best-selling novels in 2011 to earn an estimated $94 million. Joining Patterson were regulars such as Stephen King and John Grisham among others, as well as newcomer George R.R. Martin whose “Game Of Thrones” series has become a best seller.

The Summer Olympics came to a close over the weekend. This must be disappointing to NBC which was just getting used to actually having an audience for a change. In fact, ratings for coverage of this year’s games set viewership records in both North America and Europe.

On previous episodes we’ve mentioned Hollywood’s new-found appreciation of China and it seems to only be growing. Last week filmmaker James Cameron announced the expansion of his 3D production company through a joint venture in China and DreamWorks Animation said they had agreed to work with a group of Chinese investors to develop a $3.1 billion culture and entertainment district in Shanghai.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including how Google plans to punish copyright thieves, a rumor that dead pop stars will perform on this season’s “X-Factor” and plans to adapt a cult 80’s television show featuring an alien puppet into a hit movie.


‘Dark Knight Rises’ Repeats as No. 1 Overseas in Lethargic Session

Eros International Quarterly Profit Rises 45 Percent

Marvel Locks Up ‘Avengers’ Filmmaker Joss Whedon For Three Years,0,1794378.story

Joss Whedon To Write And Direct ‘Avengers 2’

Olympics Close With More Big Numbers For NBC

NBC Banks On Olympics As Springboard For New Shows

Olympics 2012: BBC Reaches Biggest Average Audience With Closing Ceremony

Olympics 2012: Closing Ceremony Draws More Viewers in Key European Markets

Marvin Hamlisch, Whose Notes Struck Gold, Dies at 68

Review: Liza Minnelli Overcomes Technical Difficulties,0,6493446.story

Live Nation Second-Quarter Profit Drops Missing Estimates

Streaming Music Boosts Warner’s Bottom Line

Women On The Rise Among The World’s Top-Earning Authors

Philip Marlowe Set To Return In Novel By John Banville

Paulo Coelho Calls ‘Ulysses’ a ‘Tweet,’ Much Twittering Ensues

Fareed Zakaria Apologizes for ‘Lapse’; Faces Time and CNN Suspensions

Google Praised For Move To Penalize Sites Hosting Pirated Content,0,6447816.story

Ryan Lochte Fielding Multiple Reality Show Offers, Says Agent

Michael Phelps Books Reality TV Show On Golf Channel

Adam Yauch’s Will Protects His Artistic Integrity

Monkees, Despite Death of Davy Jones, Say They Will Go on Tour

It’s Dead Week On X-Factor

Lorne Michaels Will Not Produce the Oscars

‘ALF’ Movie Lands At Sony Animation With ‘Smurfs’ Producer

Broadway’s Once Recoups Capitalization

The Lion King to Become Fifth Longest-Running Show In Broadway History

NBC’s “Stars” Settles For Silver

Rolling Stone Launches Music News App

DreamWorks Animation Plans Shanghai Entertainment District

James Cameron’s 3D China Venture,0,5253684.story

Hollywood Eager to Feed China’s Appetite For 3-D