Rights Available: An Uber Deep-Dive and an Instagram Ghostwriter Tell-All

Super Pumped The Battle for Uber - Mike Isaac - Book Cover-H 2019

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Super Pumped by Mike Isaac
Agencies: UTA, Levine Greenberg Rostan 

In a novel published Sept. 3 via W.W. Norton & Co., a New York Times technology correspondent takes a deep-dive into the rise and fall of ride-share app Uber under now-ousted CEO Travis Kalanick.

It's been nearly a decade since David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin gave audiences their Oscar-winning character study into startup culture with The Social Network. Given the dramatic upheaval (and several Congressional testimonies) that have happened in the interim, Super Pumped could be Hollywood's chance to produce an updated narrative based in contemporary Silicon Valley. 

"I Was Caroline Calloway" by Natalie Beach
Agency: CAA

The first-person confessional tracks a Los Angeles-based writer’s trajectory from college classmate to friend to paid ghostwriter for social media influencer Caroline Calloway. A tell-all for the Instagram generation, the story took Twitter by storm after it was published on Sept. 10 on New York Magazine vertical The Cut.

The story falls adjacent to a burgeoning “female scammer” genre that is growing in Hollywood. STX's Hustlers — based on a New York article about strippers that fleece their Wall Street clientele — just had a massive $33 million opening weekend, while Shonda Rhimes is developing a series around the story of fake heiress Anna Delvey and Kate McKinnon is set to play Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in a Hulu limited series.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.