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Loudermilk gains ghostwriter’s rights

USC student penned papers for Wal-Mart heiress

Adrian Loudermilk’s Venture Management has acquired film rights to the story of college writer-for-hire Elena Martinez.

Martinez was the USC freshman roommate of Wal-Mart heiress Elizabeth Paige Laurie, who paid Martinez to write one paper for her freshman year. Martinez — who had to drop out of USC for financial reasons — eventually began doing all of Laurie’s schoolwork and was paid about $20,000 for her services, most of which went to pay her USC student loans.

ABC News’ “20/20” broke the story in November. That led the Laurie family to remove their daughter’s name from the recently opened Paige Sports Arena at the U. of Missouri, where the family had donated $25 million.

Laurie graduated this year from USC, which is investigating. Martinez hopes to transfer her community college credits to UCLA or Cal State San Bernardino.

Venture Management plans to produce the project and team up with another producer to develop the story.

The management/production outfit also is producing a movie about rock band the Clash, based on the book “The Clash: The Return of the Last Gang in Town.”

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