After all those years of activity here, the former owners of Washington Dossier magazine, Warren and Sonia Adler, are moving to California for the next several months and possibly much longer. Warren Adler, the author of 14 novels, has rented a beach house in Santa Monica, where he plans to get into the movie business -- producing his own work.
Three of his recent novels, he says, are hot properties: "The War of the Roses" has been optioned by 20th Century Fox; "Random Hearts" has signed Dustin Hoffman to star; and "Twilight Child" has been optioned for a television movie. The move also means that Sonia Adler will not be controlling the editorial content of Dossier, purchased in March by Ron Haan, the owner of Telic Corp., a computer software company. Sonia Adler had been Dossier's executive editor since the magazine was founded 11 years ago, but was edged out of power when a Swedish publishing family bought 50 percent of the publication in 1984. After Haan bought Dossier, it was announced that Sonia Adler would help redirect the magazine's emphasis on social coverage. The magazine is in the market for an executive editor.
Adler said yesterday that he and his wife will maintain their Chevy Chase home. "She's [Sonia] put this guy [the new Dossier owner] on the right road," Adler said, "and she will come into town from time to time to help him over the next few months." The Adlers have a son, Michael, 26, who is an actor living in California. Adler said, "I've made all my other sons rich, now it's his turn." End Notes
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