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Talent Shops Courting Palin
Sarah Palin wonâ€™t be vice president, but she won the hearts of talent scouts and literary agents who are scrambling to sign her to multimillion-dollar contracts.
CAA, ICM, William Morris, Paradigm and other agencies â€œsmell books, talk shows and commentary for Fox and CNNâ€ as possibilities for the Alaska governor, West Coast PR man Hal Lifson told us.
â€œThere are several of our imprints who are eager to talk to Governor Palin,â€ Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum said. â€œShe clearly has a constituency and we know books by conservatively-centered politicos usually sell very, very well.â€
Public-relations powerhouse Howard Rubenstein added, â€œSheâ€™s poised to make a ton of money.â€ But he warned, â€œShe ought to keep an eye on what her goals are for 2012. If she plays a game and looks foolish, if she sounds like she doesnâ€™t know what sheâ€™s talking about â€“ like saying Africa is a country â€“ she may talk herself out of a political job.â€
Linda Mann, president of Mann Media, which books celebrities and fashionistas for TV, noted, â€œHer buzz is incredible. She has car-wreck appeal. Youâ€™re compelled to watch, hoping sheâ€™ll say the dumbest things possible. Iâ€™d propose a show combining her love of fashion and lack of brainpower â€“ â€˜Project Dumbway.â€™ â€œ
What kind of money can Palin expect? â€œThatâ€™s an interesting question because everybody will compare what she gets to the book deal Tina Fey reportedly made â€“ $6 million,â€ said one high-ranking publishing source. â€œNo matter what it is, the betting is sheâ€™ll sign a deal by the end of the month.â€
One agency not expected to pursue Palin is Endeavor, for the simple reason that its founder, Ari Emanuel, is a rabid Democrat and brother of Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel, who has been tapped as Barack Obamaâ€™s chief of staff.