Jerry Bruckheimer Films has inked a deal with GQ writer-at-large Mike Sager, a veteran of the Washington Post and Rolling Stone, for a six-figure, first-look deal for all of Sager’s upcoming pieces.
The unique deal allows Bruckheimer an initial peek at any story Sager is writing — as well as the opportunity to suggest to the scribe stories to be reported primarily for the Disney-based production company.
Chad Oman, exec VP of Bruckheimer Films, and Disney motion picture group exec VP Susan Lyne were instrumental in bringing Sager into the Disney/Bruckheimer fold.
Sager’s deal was structured by Endeavor.
Earlier, Disney’s Touchstone Pictures banner and Bruckheimer supplemented their material for a film project by optioning “The Martyrdom of Veronica Guerin,” Sager’s article in the March issue of GQ. This was done even though Disney had generated its own research material about Guerin — the Irish journalist killed last summer — by dispatching Texas Monthly staffer Helen Thorpe to Dublin to report the story for the studio.
Oman said that the reason he went after Sager “is because, after reading all his stories, particularly the Guerin piece, it was apparent that Mike writes in a very cinematic way.”
Originally, Disney’s Lyne had underwritten Thorpe’s trip in order to avoid having to wait until publication of a relevant magazine story — as well as to avoid paying the type of money that is increasingly being paid for magazine pieces.
In fact, Sager had emerged as the primary beneficiary of big magazine paydays. He previously landed a record-setting $750,000 payday from TriStar for another GQ article he had written about former Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke.