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Media Rights Agent Rich Green Leaves ICM Partners To Join The Gotham Group

EXCLUSIVE: Media rights agent Rich Green has joined The Gotham Group after four years at ICM Partners. He will continue to rep IP for TV and film. Green joined ICM Partners in 2014 before being named the head of their Media Rights department last year. “Rich has been an incredibly valuable team player for ICM for many years, with an exceptional eye for compelling intellectual property and its value in the media ecosystem," said ICM Partners in a statement to Deadline… Read


B&E Productions Nabs Film Rights to Ron Liebman’s Novel ‘Big Law’ – Film Briefs

Filmmaker Mike Smith’s B&E Productions has obtained the film and television rights to Big Law, a legal thriller novel from Ron Liebman. The book, which was released January of last year via Penguin Group LLC, centers on a Carney Blake, a young lawyer at one of NY’s most prestigious law firms, and his discovery that things aren’t what they seem in the business of big New York City law. Smith, an NY native, will write and direct the film which will shoot on location. Smith… Read


Argent Pictures Secures Rights To ‘Not Her Daughter’ Novel By Rea Frey

Not Her Daughter Argent Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Film production and financing company Argent Pictures has obtained the film and television rights to Rea Frey’s forthcoming novel, Not Her Daughter,  the story of a child kidnapped away from a mother who isn’t sure she wants her back. The book will be released in August via its publisher St Martin's Griffin. It follows two women's lives, that of an unhappy and unfit mother and the other a successful but heartbroken female entrepreneur turned kidnapper who are… Read


Oscar Nominated Producer Jennifer Fox Nabs Film Rights To ‘Earthsea’ Book Series

EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Fox, the producer behind the Oscar-nominated legal thriller, Michael Clayton, has optioned the film rights to fantasy book series, Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, who agreed to allow Fox to translate her work into a series of films before she passed away in January. The series, which was first introduced in the 1960s, is comprised of five novels and eight short stories set in a fantasy archipelago of hundreds of islands, imperiled by those who use magic… Read


Assemble Media Acquires ‘Meat’ Script From Newcomer Logan Martin

EXCLUSIVE: Jack Heller’s Assemble Media has picked up film genre script Meat, by newcomer Logan Martin. The script, which landed at number one on the 2017 Bloodlist, follows a misanthropic man who notices bizarre changes in himself, his wife, and the animals inhabiting the territory around their homestead as they attempt to survive self-imposed isolation. This is the first script from Martin, who, currently working at a movie theater in Flordia, was discovered by Jake… Read


With The Story Factory, Shane Salerno Is “Revolutionizing The Way Authors Can Be Represented” — Deadline Disruptors

Shane Salerno was an established screenwriter and documentary filmmaker when a conversation with novelist Don Winslow several years ago first spawned a now-substantial business, brokering book and movie deals for authors. "Don and I had been friends for years," Salerno says, "and one day he told me, 'I've had it, I'm tired of writing these books that get all this acclaim, and no sales, no marketing, no promotion, no support from my publisher. So, I quit.' I said, 'Really… Read


Netflix Closing Deal For Sci-Fi Great Paolo Bacigalupi’s Short Story ‘Mika Model’ For Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is moving to acquire the rights to sci-fi great Paolo Bacigalupi’s short story Mika Model for Shawn Levy’s Laps 21 Entertainment to produce. The SVOD giant is in talks with David Weil to adapt. The deal would see Netflix and 21 Laps collaborating again following their experience on the Winona Ryder-starring series Stranger Things, which follows how when a young boy disappears, his mother must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. Weil… Read


Cassian Elwes, Andre Gaines To Remake Classic Thriller ‘Fear Is The Key’ Following Rights Deal With StudioCanal – Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Cassian Elwes and Andre Gaines are producing a remake of the 1972 classic revenge thriller Fear is the Key after closing a deal to acquire the rights from StudioCanal. The story, based on a book by Alistair MacLean, takes place in Louisiana and follows the character of John Talbot as he plots an elaborate revenge scheme on the people who killed his family in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. By pretending to be a criminal, Talbot gets close to the culprits… Read


Scott LaStaiti Acquires Anti-Terror Lawyer Stephen Flatow’s Life Rights, AG Capital On-Board To Co-Produce

Producer Scott LaStaiti is partnering with Alex Garcia’s AG Capital to tell the real-life story of Stephen Flatow, the New Jersey-based lawyer whose daughter Alisa was killed by terrorists in a 1995 suicide bombing. After winning a historic judgment against his daughter's killers, Flatow uncovered an international conspiracy exposing corruption within the world's banking system and captured the imaginations of the public worldwide. LaStaiti acquired the exclusive life… Read


Headline Acquires ‘Pendulum’ From Adam Hamdy

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Headline has acquired the publishing rights to Brit author-filmmaker Adam Hamdy’s Pendulum. Hannah Sheppard at the DHH Literary Agency negotiated the deal after the book generated much interest following its introduction at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Pendulum is a twisting, dangerous journey through a digital underworld. The high-concept thriller sees everyman John Wallace targeted for death by a serial killer. When a quirk of fate… Read


Seville Int’l Brings ‘Sleeping Giant’ To Cannes; Series Mania Fest Boosts Attendance: Global Briefs

Seville International, the boutique sales outfit of eOne, is set to handle sales on Cannes Critics' Week selection Sleeping Giant. It’s the feature directorial debut of writer-director Andrew Cividino, which is in competition for the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. Newcomers Nick Serino and Reece Moffett star alongside Jackson Martin, David Disher and Erika Brodzky. The story follows Adam, a teenager who is spending his summer vacation with his parents on Lake Superior. His dull… Read


‘Chrononauts’ Time-Travel Comic Book Snapped Up By Universal, Chris Morgan Producing

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has optioned Chrononauts, the time-traveling adventure comic book series from Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy, which Chris Morgan will produce under his Chris Morgan Productions banner. Millar and Murphy will exec produce. Chrononauts is an adventurous two-hander revolving around the first scientific duo who travel back through time. The first issue from Image Comics hits stores this week. Vice President Ainsley Davies will oversee… Read