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History alum & "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas sets Kickstarter record

Posted: March 29, 2013
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At History's May 2012 graduation ceremony, Rob Thomas (B.A. History, '87), renowned screenwriter, television producer, and author, spoke to graduating students about "embracing failure."

Being a success, he reminded, often means taking chances and knowing that sometimes you'll fail and other times you'll succeed brilliantly. (Read more: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/history/news/5519).

Mr. Thomas has succeeded brilliantly this spring in creating a Kickstarter campaign to bring "Veronica Mars" to the big screen. The campaign quickly met its funding goal of $2 million, earning $3.6 million in just five days. As of this writing, the film has earned over $4.4 million, backed by over 65,000 contibutors from over 20 countries, with gifts ranging from $1 to $10,000.

Best known for creating and producing two cult favorite TV shows, Veronica Mars and Party Down, Mr. Thomas's other television credits include Cupid, 90210, Dawson's Creek and Space Ghost: Coast To Coast. The American Film Institute named Veronica Mars one of the top ten television series of 2004 and Party Down one of the top ten television series of 2009. Mr. Thomas has also written for the big screen with the 1999 teen romantic comedy Drive Me Crazy and the independent feature Fortune Cookie. In addition, Mr. Thomas has authored four novels and one short story collection, all for Simon & Schuster. Rats Saw God was a unanimous American Librarian Association Best Book for Young Adults in 1996. Doing Time: Notes From The Undergrad was an American Librarian Association Best Book for Young Adults in 1998. Mr. Thomas has also taught master classes in the College of Communication both on campus and in Los Angeles.

With 10 days to go in the campaign, it's clear that Mr. Thomas will be making movie history. Read more at:

"Veronica Mars Movie Project" on Kickstarter:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-project

Coverage in Businessweek:
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-19/q-and-a-veronica-mars-creator-rob-thomas

NPR:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=175042610

Today Show interview:
http://www.today.com/video/today/51192376#51192376

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