UA was incorporated as a joint venture on February 5, 1919, by four of the leading figures in early Hollywood: Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith… Already veterans of Hollywood, the four film stars began to talk of forming their own company to better control their own work as well as their futures.
They were spurred on by established Hollywood producers and distributors who were tightening their control over actor salaries and creative decisions, a process that evolved into the rigid studio system… When he heard about their scheme, Richard A. Rowland, head of Metro Pictures, is said to have observed, “The inmates are taking over the asylum.”
You know, I always relate what’s going on in my life back to the motion picture industry and this latest trope was suggested to me by the author, Sophia Stuart, who exclaimed upon hearing of my book deal, “You’re the Mary Pickford of new publishing!” Now, this gal has a way with words that is both provocative and enchanting, see for yourselves!
And so, back to me and my novel and the team that’s making it all happen. All I can say for now is that my publishers are a prominent interactive media company with hands in many digital pies. The book cover is being designed (as I type) by an Academy Award winning Production Designer, and yours truly shot the cover art. The book will be available as a digital download, or a trade paperback.
When? I’ll tell you as soon as I’m certain…