David Kushner, best-selling author and journalist whose stories are often developed for film and television, will publish his next book on Substack.
Kushner’s magazine articles have inspired films like A24’s “Zola” and upcoming projects involving Christian Bale and Spike Lee. Substack, a subscription-based newsletter service, will now house its new work “Masters of Disruption: How the Gamer Generation Built the Future”, which will see a serialized version and feature multimedia components in 9 installments. The book is sort of a sequel to his 2003 bestseller “Masters of Doom” by Random House.
Normally featured on the pages of Rolling Stone, Wired and Vanity Fair, Kushner follows a growing number of journalists taking the newsletter route. Of note, an author as frequently adapted as Kushner would seek a deal like this, which grants him exclusive adaptation rights at a time when publishers like Conde Nast have ambitious content production divisions. .
Along with the release of his book, he will also be launching the “Disruptor” subscription newsletter, with regular original reporting.
“I told these stories in various forms: magazine articles, books, graphic novels, podcasts, radio essays,” Kushner said. “But after 30 years of contributing to other publications, I’m excited to announce my next chapter: writing for my own newsletter, Disruptor, which will be available on Substack.”
Kushner said Variety that he regards his next manuscript as a “post-book” product, not only because of its serialized nature, but also suggesting an evolution of the all-text experience.
Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie added that the service looks forward to providing “a blank canvas for new ideas that deepen connections with longtime readers and introduce writers to new audiences.” We are delighted to welcome David’s writing as well as his innovative work across multiple media.
Upcoming adaptations of Kushner’s work include “All Rise,” a musical about the invention of Viagra from eOne staged by Lee; “The Church of Living Dangerously” in New Regency starring Bale, and “Levittown” in wiip with Amma Asante writing and directing.
Kushner is represented by The Gotham Group, McCormick Literary and the law firm Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman LLP.
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