EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Self-publishing firm Author Solutions, which was recently acquired by Penguin Group’s parent for $116 million, has closed a first-look partnership with management/production company Thruline Entertainment. Under the pact, Thruline and its production division Tagline (Psych) will have first crack at all coverages, treatments, and screenplays developed though ASI’s Book-to-Screen and Hollywood Trailer services with an eye at turning them into feature film or television projects.
ASI and Thruline are already working on two adaptations via Author Solutions’ million-dollar development fund: the teen-thriller Hide And Seek, adapted by screenwriter John Swetnam (Evidence), is being shopped, and horror novella Hush is in the process of being adapted by screenwriter Ben Ketai (30 Days Of Night: Dark Days). Additionally, Tagline is already developing a television series based on a title that came through the ASI pipeline: Searching For Sassy by author Alyson Mead. “Our partnership with Thruline Entertainment opens up tremendous opportunities for authors to further develop their content and get it in the hands of Hollywood decision-makers”, said Keith Ogorek, SVP of global marketing for Author Solutions. Thruline’s Danny Sherman and Ron West will work with ASI’s Film & New Media department, which is headed up by Marcus Chait who most recently worked as director of development for Paula Wagner and is a principal partner in Lost Rhino Films with actor Patrick Wilson.