Veteran manager and producer and Madhouse co-founder Adam Kolbrenner (Prisoners) has launched a new management company, Lit Entertainment Group, based in Los Angeles. Joining Kolbrenner will be literary managers Kendrick Tan and Carrie Isgett with additional managers to be announced soon.
For the past 12 years, Kolbrenner had been partnered with manager-producer Robyn Meisinger, since the two were appointed in 2006 to head up Los Angeles-based management and production outfit Kustom Entertainment, which they relaunched as Madhouse Entertainment. In 2011, Alcon Entertainment acquired a controlling stake in the boutique management firm which has now been dissolved, with Kolbrenner and Meisinger parting ways. Meisinger has since joined Anonymous Content.
Kolbrenner produced Oscar-nominated film, Prisoners, for Warner Bros/Alcon Entertainment, written by Lit client Aaron Guzikowski. Kolbrenner also executive produced Netflix’s recent holiday film, Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell, written by Lit client Matt Lieberman based on an original idea by Designated Survivor creator David Guggenheim, another Lit client who also served as an executive producer on the film.
In film, Kolbrenner next is producing Fox’s Free Guy, along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. The film, starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Shawn Levy, is an original spec from Lit client Matt Lieberman that was sold in competitive situation. Kolbrenner is also producing Skydance’s Ghost Draft, an original sci-fi tentpole film written by Lit client Zach Dean, with David Goyer also producing.
Kolbrenner also will serve as executive producer on the recently ordered TNT/Scott Free sci-fi series, Raised by Wolves, with its first two episodes helmed by Ridley Scott. The original series hails from Lit client Aaron Guzikowski, who will serve as creator and showrunner.
“I have been a fierce advocate for the original voices and ideas that the great creators and writers have to offer the film and TV mediums,” said Kolbrenner. “Lit Entertainment Group will build from this core strength of story-telling and provide a truly unique management group deeply rooted in story development.”
Kolbrenner will bring a stable of top creators and filmmakers with him to Lit, including Dave Andron (Snowfall); Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken (10 Cloverfield Lane); Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis (the upcoming The Children from New Line, and CBS Films’ Five Feet Apart); Craig Doyle (Grown-ish); Liz Garcia (Disney’s Princess Diaries 3, writer/director of One Percent More Humid); Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners, Raised by Wolves); David Guggenheim (Safe House, Designated Survivor); Matt Lieberman (the upcoming Addams Family and Playing with Fire); Justin Marks (Disney’s Jungle Book, Top Gun 2 and Starz’s Counterpart); Sascha Penn (Creed 2); Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel and writer/director of The Slows); Justin Rhodes (the upcoming Terminator film from Tim Miller; and Robocop from Neil Blomkamp); Ed Ricourt (Now You See Me franchise); Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat); Hayley Schore & Dr. Roshan Sethi (The Resident); Kerem Sanga (First Girl I Loved, upcoming The Violent Heart); Jason Smilovic & Todd Katzberg (Condor, War Dogs); Gaia Violo (Absentia).