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  • Matt
    LONDON — Questions about quidditch? Pondering on the phoenix? Answers will be provided when J.K. Rowling (search) reads from the next Harry Potter (search)
    Message 1 of 81 , Jun 4, 2003
      LONDON — Questions about quidditch? Pondering on the phoenix?

      Answers will be provided when J.K. Rowling (search) reads from the
      next Harry Potter (search) adventure at the Royal Albert Hall on June
      26, and does a live interview about the book that will be broadcast
      simultaneously on the Internet, organizers said Tuesday.

      At the event, hosted by actor Stephen Fry, Rowling will read from
      Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — which is to be published
      June 21 — before taking questions about junior wizard H. Potter from
      members of the audience and through the Internet.

      British Telecom is sponsoring the webcast and Microsoft is hosting
      the online event at www.msn.co.uk/harrypotter. Rowling's British
      publishers, Bloomsbury, have commissioned the companies Initial and
      Victoria Real, which made the Big Brother reality series for TV, to
      film the event.

      "There isn't a venue anywhere in the world that could host the
      millions of Harry fans over the world desperate to experience the
      magic of this event," said Tracy Blacher, MSN marketing manager.

      "This is what the Web should be about — taking fans to the heart of
      the action whether they're in Houston, Harrogate or Hong Kong."

      More than 900 schools applied for the 4,000 tickets to attend the

      The Web cast, which is free, begins at noon EDT. Microsoft said it
      has the potential to reach children in 34 countries in 18 different

      Before the event, children are invited to submit their questions
      about Harry to the Web site. Fry will put the best questions to J.K.
      Rowling live on the night. A number of questions will also be taken
      live from the Internet during the webcast and fed through to the
      author during the event.

      Harry fans will also have the chance to win bookplates signed by the

      The webcast will be archived for seven days after the event so fans
      can watch it again.

      Peter Cowley, Director of Interactive Media at Endemol — parent
      company of Initial and Victoria Real — said the event "is an example
      of the Web doing more than television could ever do — beaming out a
      hugely anticipated event directly to a worldwide audience, free of

      Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is over 255,000 words
      compared with over 191,000 words in Rowling's fourth Potter book,
      Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Released in July 2000, that sold
      more copies on the first weekend after publication than any other
      book, according to Bloomsbury Publishers.

      Rowling's four published titles have sold an estimated 192 million
      copies worldwide in hard and soft cover, and the books have been
      published in at least 55 languages and distributed in more than 200

      In addition to the United States — where it is published by
      Scholastic — and Britain, the new book also will be published on June
      21 in Canada, Australia and several other countries.
    • Matt
      *************************************************** Michael Piller (1948-2005) *************************************************** TrekWeb reports that Michael
      Message 81 of 81 , Nov 2 10:29 AM
        Michael Piller (1948-2005)
        TrekWeb reports that Michael Piller passed away on Tuesday, November
        1, 2005, following a long battle cancer.

        A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
        Michael started his career in TV news where he received two Emmys as
        a news producer. He went on to work for CBS for several years before
        writing full time.

        Michael was a creator of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek:
        Voyager, as well as screenwriter or producer on many series,
        including Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, Star Trek: The Next
        Generation, and The Dead Zone.

        He is survived by his wife Sandra, daughter Brent and son Shawn.

        Posted November 1, 2005
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