About this project
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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