Simon & Schuster Inc. and TurnHere Inc., an internet video company, have announced an agreement to launch a book-centric internet video channel to promote Simon & Schuster authors and their new releases. The companies will produce videos with in-depth information on featured books and authors as well as sneak previews of upcoming titles. The channel, set to launch in early June, will be hosted at a major online video site, will be cross promoted, and linked to numerous sites across the web. The videos will also be available at SimonSays.com. Under the terms of the agreement, TurnHere will post custom videos to a specially branded channel about noteworthy Simon & Schuster authors from all divisions of the company, including Adult, Children's, and Audio. Viewers will see two minute feature pieces focusing on the behind the scenes stories of author's lives, the content of their books, and the inspirations for their latest works. A few of the many authors participating in the initial launch are bestselling authors Sandra Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn, Philippa Gregory, Ursula Hegi, Mark Hyman, Kathy Reichs, Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, Jennifer Weiner, Marianne Wiggins and Zane, and children's authors including Newberry Medal winner Susan Patron, national bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, and Spiderwick creators Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Simon & Schuster has committed to creating videos for at least 40 authors, with the possibility of expanding to an even greater number in the future.
(www.simonsays.com; www.turnhere.com; http://bookvideos.tv)