EXCLUSIVE: In his latest move at his new Universal home, hitmaking Think Like A Man Too and Ride Along producer Will Packer has acquired spec script Terminal Point from writer Stuart C. Paul. Details are under wraps on the script which Packer and fellow producer David Alpert snagged in a pre-emptive buy. It’s the first spec sale for Paul, who recently wrote and directed short film The Lord of Catan, about a young married couple (Amy Acker and Fran Kranz) whose game night descends into cutthroat competition.
The company recently has added Elana Barry and Julian Rosenberg to its manager ranks. Barry joins Circle of Confusion from Anonymous Content, bringing clients including producer Dana Baratta, and writers Elizabeth Hunter and Micah Schraft. She also worked at WMA and UTA. Rosenberg had been a literary manager at Caliber Media, following a stint in the UTA agent trainee program. Clients include filmmakers Jonah Tulis & Blake Harris, screenwriters Michael Starrbury and Matthew Bass and TV writer Keith Foglesong.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran literary representative Alan Rautbort has joined the management and production firm Circle of Confusion where he will work with producers, production companies, directors and writers. The clients Rautbort is bringing with him include Aaron Zelman (ABC’s The Returned), Lauren Gussis (Showtime’s Dexter), Thania St. John (USA’s Covert Affairs), Phoef Sutton (TBS’ Just Do It Yourself), Ben Edlund (CW’s Supernatural), Eric Haney (CBS’ The Unit), Debra Fisher (ABC Family’s Twisted), Richard A. Clarke (Against All Enemies), Bill Birch (One Finger Salute), Brad Pope (The Goode Family) and Joshua Payne (Damages). “We’re extremely excited about Alan because he has such great experience and is so well-regarded,” Circle partner David Engel said. “His client list is a great addition to Circle’s roster.”
Rautbort began his career as an agent, starting as a trainee at CAA in 1993. He spent four years at ICM, where he was involved in the packaging of Mad Men, and three years at WMA before segueing to management in 2009 when he joined 3 Arts Entertainment. For the past two years he had his own company, Infinite Entertainment.
BREAKING: In a merger where each side brings a lot to the table, D/F Management principals Steve Dontanville and Frank Frattaroli have joined forces with Circle of Confusion to create a full-service management and production company. It matches Circle of Confusion’s writer and director clients with D/F’s acting roster and the partners will use that to grow the production business in films and TV. The new entity will operate under the Circle of Confusion banner.
The consolidation leaves them with offices in Los Angeles and New York, and a strong roster that each company brings to the mix. D/F brings a client list that includes Frances McDormand, Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Michelle Monaghan, Sarah Polley, Sasha Alexander, Zach Gilford, Alfre Woodard, Benjamin Bratt, Molly Parker, Tom Cavanagh, Daniel Minahan, Mary Harron and John Krokidas. On the Circle of Confusion side, the clients include Andy and Lana Wachowski, Jon Spaihts, Max Landis, Adam Goldberg, Keith Merryman & David Newman, Doug Jung, The Dowdle Brothers, Tim Schlattman, Dan Mazeau and Oren Uziel, as well as comic creators Robert Kirkman, Brian Michael Bendis and several premiere comic book publishers including IDW and Top Cow.
EXCLUSIVE: FX has bought Furlough, an original drama series pitch from crime novelist/comic book writer Charlie Huston and The Walking Dead producer Circle of Confusion. Michael Dinner is attached to direct the potential pilot, with Sony TV, where Dinner is based, on board to produce. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps, but Furlough is described as a private detective/prison drama. Furlough reunites FX, Sony TV, Circle of Confusion and Dinner. Sony TV and Circle of Confusion recently produced the FX comic book-based pilot Powers, directed by CAA-repped Dinner, which is in consideration for a series pickup. Edgar-nominated novelist Huston, repped by Abrams Artists and Circle of Confusion, most recently adapted his 2009 crime noir novel The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death for HBO. The project, titled All Signs of Death, was picked up to pilot, which was directed and executive produced by Alan Ball, but didn’t make the cut to series. In addition to Powers and Furlough, Circle of Confusion has an adaptation of graphic novel Chew set up at Showtime, with Stephen Hopkins attached to direct.
EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has bought a script for Chew, a quirky half-hour cop show based on John Layman and Rob Guillory’s bestselling comic book of the same name. Stephen Hopkins is attached to direct and executive produce the project, which hails from Circle of Confusion, the company behind AMC’s hit series adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.
Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer (Eureka) wrote the Chew script, which will now be tweaked under Showtime’s guidance. Chew tells the darkly comic story of federal agent Tony Chu, a “cibopath” able to get psychic impression from the things he eats who is assigned to the most usual and bizarre crimes. “There are a lot of superhero comic books, but there are not many food comic books,” Layman told me back in July when the TV project was still in the nascent stages. Along with Hopkins, Burton, Milbauer, David Engel and Circle of Confusion are also executive producing Chew, with Hopkins’ producing partner Kate Garwood expected to produce in some capacity. Hopkins has a longstanding relationship with Showtime: He directed the pilot for the network’s dark comedy series Californication and recently helmed an episode of freshman drama Shameless as well as one of Showtime’s recently ordered pilots, the Don Cheadle starrer House of Lies.
In addition to The Walking Dead, which has been renewed for a second season, Circle of Confusion is executive producing Powers, a drama project based on the comic by …
EXCLUSIVE: Circle of Confusion, which is working on its first TV series, AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, is putting together another TV series project based on a comic book, John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew. Stephen Hopkins has come on board to direct and executive produce the project, which is in the process of locking in a writer. Chew tells the darkly comic story of federal agent Tony Chu, a “cibopath” able to get psychic impression from the things he eats who is assigned to the most usual and bizarre crimes. “There are a lot of superhero comic books but there are not many food comic books,” Layman said. “Food turned out to be a very universal theme embraced by readers.” For Layman, who has been writing comic books since 1995, this marks his first original creation and his first success. “It only took 15 years,” he quipped. Layman is celebrating another anniversary this year – he is heading to Comic-Con for the 20th consecutive year, and this time, he will have a table for Chew following the success of the series’ first two volumes. Circle of Confusion’s partners also will be going to Comic-Con, which will feature a panel for Walking Dead on Friday. The company, which represents many comic book writers, also has Powers, a drama project based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis …