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Literary Death Match is shooting a TV pilot for our next, giant step: television.
Literary Death Match is shooting a TV pilot for our next, giant step: television.
309 backers pledged $11,165 to help bring this project to life.

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Literary Death Match TV: The Pilot is a live event/taping that will take place on October 9 in Los Angeles at the historic Largo at the Coronet. The live show — a double-feature (two, full 40-minute shows) starring top literary, Hollywood and comedy talent — will be filmed by a top cinematographer, then edited into a pair of pitchable TV pilots.

The pilot will star Michael C. Hall (Dexter; Six Feet Under), Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief; Rin Tin Tin), the musician Moby (Play; Destroyed), writer/director Diablo Cody (Juno; Young Adult), comedian/author Jenny Slate (SNL; author of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On), host Todd Zuniga (LDM creator, and a LA Times "Face to Watch" for 2012), author Ben Loory (author of Stories for the Nighttime and Some for the Day) and many, many more TBA. 

Literary Death Match, declared “the greatest reading series ever” by the LA Times, is a live event produced in 43 cities around the world, aimed at showcasing literature as a brilliant, unstoppable medium. In our constant push to promote books and authors and keep them both in the pop culture conversation, our goal is to escalate the live show to the next level, by bringing it — and literature — to television. 

In the past, we've featured a fantastic mix of established and emerging authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Jeffrey Eugenides (The Marriage Plot; The Virgin Suicides), Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad) and Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), best-selling authors Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) and Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), and celebrity judges like 24's Mary Lynn Rajskub, Olympic gold-medalist Brian Boitano, musician/spoken word artist Henry Rollins, and comedians Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro and Rory Scovel. 

Want to know more about Literary Death Match? Watch this two-minute video.

Any funds exceeding our minimum goal of $10,000 will be put to very good use by increasing the production value (better lenses, more cameras), and turnaround time, of LDM TV: The Pilot.

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    A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!), plus a personal thank you via email by LDM creator/host Todd Zuniga.

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    A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!), plus, you’ll be thanked at a live LDM event you attend in the city you live in/nearest to, plus a personal thank you via email by LDM creator/host Todd Zuniga.

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    One ticket to LDM TV: The Pilot at the Largo, plus, a LDM “game-used” Nerf dart, and a free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!).

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    One ticket to LDM TV: The Pilot at the Largo, and one ticket (up to $15 per ticket) to any LDM event in the world. An invite to the LDM TV: The Pilot afterparty. A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!). A LDM coffee mug, autographed by a LDM participant, a Literary Death Match pin for the lapel of your choice, a LDM “game-used” Nerf dart. You’ll be thanked via @litdeathmatch on Twitter.

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    A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed. Two tickets to LDM TV: The Pilot at the Largo, and two tickets (up to $15 per ticket) to any LDM event in the world. A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!). An invite to the LDM TV: The Pilot afterparty. A Literary Death Match T-shirt. A LDM coffee mug, autographed by a LDM participant. You’ll be thanked at a LDM event in the city you live in/nearest to, and via @litdeathmatch on Twitter.

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    A one-of-a-kind Moleskine judge notebook written in by LDM judges on the night of LDM TV: The Pilot! Plus, everything above.

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    Four tickets to LDM TV: The Pilot at the Largo, and four tickets (up to $15 per ticket) to any LDM event in the world. An invite to the LDM TV: The Pilot afterparty. A Literary Death Match T-shirt. A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!). A LDM coffee mug, autographed by a LDM participant. An autographed book by a past LDM participant. You’ll be thanked at a LDM event in the city you live in/nearest to, via @litdeathmatch on Twitter, and on the LDM web site.

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    A producer credit. An invite to the LDM TV: The Pilot afterparty. Four tickets to LDM TV: The Pilot at the Largo, and four tickets (up to $15 per ticket) to any LDM event in the world. A LDM whiskey flask. A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!). Two LDM T-shirts. A pair of LDM coffee mugs, autographed by LDM participants. An autographed book by a past LDM participant. You’ll be thanked by telephone by LDM creator/host Todd Zuniga, at a LDM event in the city you live in/nearest to, via @litdeathmatch on Twitter, on the LDM web site, and in the end credits.

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    A limousine to take you to/from your home to a Literary Death Match event (within 25 miles of event). A producer credit. An invite to the LDM TV: The Pilot afterparty. Four front-row tickets to LDM TV: The Pilot at the Largo, and four tickets (up to $15 per ticket) to any LDM event in the world. A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!). A LDM whiskey flask. Two LDM T-shirts. A pair of LDM coffee mugs, autographed by LDM participants. An autographed book by a past LDM participant. You’ll be thanked by telephone by LDM creator/host Todd Zuniga, at a LDM event in the city you live in/nearest to, via @litdeathmatch on Twitter, on the LDM web site, and in the end credits.

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    An executive producer credit. A limousine to take you to/from your home to a Literary Death Match event (within 25 miles of event). An invite to the LDM TV: The Pilot afterparty. Four front-row tickets to LDM TV: The Pilot at the Largo, and four tickets (up to $15 per ticket) to any LDM event in the world. A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!). Two LDM whiskey flasks. Two LDM T-shirts. A pair of LDM coffee mugs, autographed by LDM participants. An autographed book by a past LDM participant. You’ll be thanked by telephone by LDM creator/host Todd Zuniga, at a LDM event in the city you live in/nearest to, via @litdeathmatch on Twitter, on the LDM web site, and in the end credits.

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    A round-trip flight to LDM TV: The Pilot from anywhere in the continental United States. An honorary Literary Death Match Champion medal. A LDM in your honor in a LDM city closest to your home. An executive producer credit. A limousine to take you to/from your home to a LDM event (within 25 miles of event). An invite to the LDM TV: The Pilot afterparty. Four front-row tickets to LDM TV: The Pilot at the Largo, and four tickets (up to $15 per ticket) to any LDM event in the world. A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (see it before anyone else!). Two LDM whiskey flasks. Two LDM T-shirts. A pair of LDM coffee mugs, autographed by LDM participants. An autographed book by a past LDM participant. You’ll be thanked by telephone by LDM creator/host Todd Zuniga, at a LDM event in the city you live in/nearest to, via @litdeathmatch on Twitter, on the LDM web site, and in the end credits.

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    Two round-trip flights to LDM TV: The Pilot from anywhere in the continental United States. A Literary Death Match in your honor in a LDM city closest to your home. An executive producer credit. A limousine to take you to/from your home to a LDM event (within 25 miles of event). An invite to the LDM TV: The Pilot afterparty. Four front-row tickets to LDM TV: The Pilot at the Largo, and four tickets (up to $15 per ticket) to any LDM event in the world. A free download of LDM TV: The Pilot when it’s completed (you'll see it days before anyone else!). Two LDM whiskey flasks. Two LDM T-shirts. A pair of LDM coffee mugs, autographed by LDM participants. An autographed book by a past LDM participant. You’ll be thanked by telephone by LDM creator/host Todd Zuniga, at a LDM event in the city you live in/nearest to, via @litdeathmatch on Twitter, on the LDM web site, and in the end credits.

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