The Quill Awards Announce The Devil Wears Prada as First Recipient of
Its Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award
Author Lauren Weisberger and Film Director David Frankel to Accept Award
The Quills All-Star Presenter Lineup Now Includes Lewis Black, Anderson Cooper, Liz Smith, Donald Trump, Stanley Tucci, Harry Connick, Jr., Dominick Dunne, Sue Monk Kidd, James Patterson, Mary Matalin, James Carville, Suzanne Somers, Isaac Mizrahi, Judy Blume, and Janet Evanovich
NEW YORK, NY, September 29, 2006 – Today, Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations announced that the recipient of the Quill Award’s Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award, given for the first time this year, is “The Devil Wears Prada,” directed by David Frankel. Author of The Devil Wears Prada (Broadway Books/Anchor Books) Lauren Weisberger and Frankel will accept awards on October 10th during The Quill Awards gala ceremony hosted by NBC News’ Lester Holt held in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Among the presenters will be Lewis Black, Anderson Cooper, Liz Smith, Donald Trump, Stanley Tucci, Harry Connick, Jr., Dominick Dunne, Sue Monk Kidd, James Patterson, Judy Blume, Janet Evanovich, Mary Matalin, James Carville, Suzanne Somers, Isaac Mizrahi, Rhea Perlman, S. Epatha Merkerson, Judd Hirsch, Ann Brashares, Marianne Williamson, Dana Delany, and David Handler, “official representative” of Lemony Snicket. Cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Avenue Q” will perform. There will be additional surprise guests.
The film, “The Devil Wears Prada,” was selected by a nominating committee comprised of Variety staff members. To be eligible, a film must have been released in its original format in North America between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006, and marketed in the United States.
Gerry Byrne, Chairman of The Quill Awards, said, “Books ignite the imaginations of filmmakers to create living art, and the Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award honors that craft. We are delighted that the Variety committee has selected ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ as the best translation of book content to film this year.”
Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Variety Peter Bart commented, “As a publication with a long history of heralding the best in filmed entertainment, we’re excited to be involved with the Quills. ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is an energetically directed, perfect-fit of a film that has surprised some in the industry with its box-office legs. It has delighted the country, much as did Lauren Weisberger’s book, which is still going strong on several national bestseller lists. It’s a pleasure to celebrate David Frankel’s terrific work, based on Lauren’s blockbuster book.”
Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc., the award ceremony will be made into a one-hour Quill Awards television special, hosted by Al Roker and NBC News’ Natalie Morales, and will be carried on the NBC Universal Owned and Operated Television Stations on Saturday, October 28, 2006. It will also air on various NBC affiliates across the country. For the first time, the Quills awards event will be streamed live on October 10 at www.quills.msnbc.com. Borders, Barnes & Noble, PARADE, USA Today, American Booksellers Association, Book Sense, and Ingram Book Group are participating supporters. Bank of America is a presenting sponsor of the Quill Awards. The Quills is the first awards program to honor excellence in publishing and include consumers in the voting process.
Reed Business Information is North America's largest business-to-business information provider, covering 23 market sectors with more than 100 market-leading publications and 75 websites, as well as a range of services. It is publisher of Publishers Weekly, Variety, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.
The NBC Universal Television Stations are owned and operated by NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.
Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. produces top-quality programs for cable and network television and is working on series and specials for: The NBC Station group, The Food Network, Court TV, Fine Living, A&E and The Discovery Networks.
Further information and the complete list of nominees are available at www.thequills.org. Information on The Quills Literacy Foundation can be found at www.quillsliteracy.org.