Osbournes get $3 mil book deal

Two-tome world-rights pact signed with Pocket

The ratings-smashing first family of metal is breaking into print. In a deal worth more than $3 million, the family Osbourne has sold world rights to two books to Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Deal, signed on the floor of last weekend’s publishing trade convention, Book Expo America, is for a trade paperback tie-in to their MTV skein and a hardcover family memoir. The tie-in will be published in November, and the memoir, to be narrated by each member of the Osbourne family, including the heretofore-unseen fifth Osbourne, Aimee, will appear the following spring.

Book deals comes on the heels of the Osbournes’ reported $20 million deal with MTV for two more seasons of their hit show.

“The Osbournes are a popular phenomenon of the first magnitude” said S&S Adult Publishing Group prexy Carolyn Reidy, who negotiated the deal with Trident Media Group and Endeavor. “Their appeal is multi-generational and covers the entire political and cultural spectrum. We’re bleeping delighted to publish them at Simon & Schuster.”

The Osbourne publishing program will be overseen by Pocket Books exec VP and publisher Louise Burke.

S&S and MTV are both units of Viacom.