Thomas Dunne Books

Thomas Dunne Books
Parent company St. Martin's Press (Macmillan Publishers)
Founded 1986
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Flatiron Building, New York City[1]
Key people Thomas Dunne (Publisher)[1]
Publication types Books
Fiction genres Contemporary, Mainstream, Mystery, Suspense[1]
Revenue $15 million (1999)[1]
Number of employees 10[1]
Official website Thomas Dunne Books

Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, a division of Macmillan Publishers, publishes popular trade fiction and nonfiction. Established by publisher Thomas Dunne in 1986, Thomas Dunne Books is based out of the Flatiron Building in New York City. "An imprint that scorns snobbery, prizes the quirky and commercial and flourishes through a unique form of high-volume publishing," Thomas Dunne Books produces approximately 175 titles each year, covering a range of genres including commercial and literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, biography, politics, history, sports, and popular science. The imprint is the leading mysteries publisher.[1] In its nearly 30-year history, Thomas Dunne Books has published numerous New York Times bestsellers including Dan Brown's first novel Digital Fortress, over 20 books by international sensation Rosamunde Pilcher, a series of Walking Dead novels written by series creator Robert Kirkman, A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowden, the Meg Langslow mysteries by Donna Andrews, To Try Men's Souls and other historical fiction by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and many, many more. Currently, Thomas Dunne Books publishes trade paperbacks through St. Martin's Griffin and mysteries through St. Martin's Minotaur.


The imprint signed David Irving, a scholar, for a Joseph Goebbels biography in 1996 but had to drop the book when it was found out that Irving was a Holocaust denier[2] for having links to Institute for Historical Review, "the literary center of the United States Holocaust-denial movement."[1]

In October 1999, St. Martin's Press recalled a Dunne book, Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President, and destroyed them after various incidents about the author, J. H. Hatfield, surfaced. The incidents were that he had served prison time for a car-bombing attempt on his former boss's life and that he included an anonymous accusation about Bush. A St. Martin's executive editor resigned in protest over the publication.[1] In November, Dunne editors stopped attending St. Martin editorial meetings and started their own.[2]


Macmillan Entertainment

Macmillan Entertainment
Industry filmed entertainment
Founded New York City[3] (October 2010 (2010-10))[4]
Headquarters New York City[3]
Key people
Brendan Deneen, executive editor
Services Film development
Number of employees
Parent Macmillan Publishers

Macmillan Entertainment (ME) is the "book to film" division of Macmillan Publishers.

Macmillan editors work the division will both develop in-house properties and Macmillan divisions novels for multimedia starting with books then primarily film and television. With literary agencies, ME assists in developing existing and in the works Macmillan books into potential films or TV series then makes the film and TV deals.[5]


Macmillan Films

Macmillan Films (MF) was launched by Thomas Dunne Books in October 2010 under the lead of Brendan Deneen. This followed the lead of other publishing house that formed their own film units Random House Films, which co-finances films, and Alloy Entertainment, which develops properties in house with writer-for-hire deals and moves it through books and films. Macmillan originated two concepts that they are shopping, a submarine thriller and Grimm City, a thriller based on lesser known Grimm Fairy Tales meets Sin City plus made one deal for "Tempest".[4]

Tempest was the project that led to the founding of Macmillan Films. Deneen was looking for a young adult when he found Julie Cross' "Enemy of Time" submission from the slush pile. He had her rework the structure to increase its potential in other media becoming "Tempest" with the company hold the film rights.[6] This work was the first deal of MF with Summit Entertainment, who pick up it as a movie in 2010 before the book was published. The movie deal gave the book a higher profile thus increasing its sale upon its January 2012 release enough for a sequel to be in the works for a 2013 release.[7]

A former Endeavor and WME intellectual property rights agent, Richie Kern was hired in March 2013 as Dunne editor to assist in evaluating concepts for Macmillan Films.[8]

Macmillan Entertainment

In 2013 Macmillan Films was renamed Macmillan Entertainment as the division expanded its reach to books from all Macmillan Publishers imprints and continued under the leadership of Brendan Deneen.[3][9]


development and/or production


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Carvajal, Doreen (December 31, 1999). "Intrepid Helmsman At St. Martin's Press; Publisher's Unit Sails Through a Storm". New York TImes. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  2. 1 2 Offman, Craig (November 3, 1999). "Editor behind "Fortunate Son" is sitting pretty". Salon. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Macmillan Expands Book-to-Film Unit". publishersweekly. November 1, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  4. 1 2 Fleming Jr., Mike (October 4, 2010). "Macmillan Publishers Starts Film/TV Unit". Deadline. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  5. Fleming Jr., Mike (November 1, 2013). "Book Publisher Macmillan Bolsters Film Shingle Run By Brendan Deneen". Deadline. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  6. Cook, Peter (November 15, 2011). "Brendan Deneen Takes Macmillan From Publisher to Producer". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  7. 1 2 Lewis, Andy (February 23, 2012). "How Publishers Bolster Their Bottom Line by Retaining Film Rights". the Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  8. 1 2 Fleming Jr., Mike (March 22, 2013). "Richie Kern Joins Thomas Dunne Books; Also Will Generate Projects For Macmillan Films". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  9. Lewis, Andy (November 1, 2013). "Macmillan Publishers Expands Film Division". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  10. Kit, Borys (November 6, 2013). "Dwayne Johnson Attached to Star in MGM's 'Seal Team 666'". Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  11. Fleming Jr, MIke (October 25, 2013). "'We're The Millers' Producer Benderspink Options Sci-Fi Novel 'Day One'". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
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