Independent book publisher Author Solutions has made a first-look partnership with management/production company Principal Entertainment. The goal is to turn the books into films and TV projects. ASI has created a Film and New media department that will be run by Marcus Chait, former director of development for Paula Wagner and who partners with Patrick Wilson in Lost Rhino Films. Liz Robinson, Danny Sherman and Jen Weinbaum will oversee the arrangement for Principal. ASI, through which authors self-publish their works, has about 120,000 untapped titles in its library, and recently made a deal with Harold Robbins’ widow to re-release 12 of the late author’s steamy titles.

“Several of our titles, including Legally Blonde and September Dawn, have found success and we hope through this partnership to provide more of our authors these opportunities,” said ASI president/CEO Kevin Weiss.