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Big Management Move: The Gotham Group And Principal Entertainment LA Join Forces

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a major move that links two highly compatible management companies, The Gotham Group and Principal Entertainment Los Angeles are joining forces. The managers at Principal will move from Westwood into the Gotham headquarters on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles on April 1. I’m told this is not exactly a merger, as the entities will continue to operate under their established names. But they will cross-collateralize their assets to make things happen. The fact that Principal is moving into The Gotham Group’s space indicates there could be a more permanent partnership down the line.

The linkup was set by Gotham Group founder/CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Principal partners Marsha McManus, Larry Taube and Liz Robinson. Gotham vets Lindsay Williams and Lee Stollman will help in facilitating the teaming up of the companies. Gotham is repped by CAA. Read More »

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James Mangold Thaws Icelandic Crime Saga ‘City State’ For English Language Remake

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: James Mangold’s next film will be the X-Men spinoff sequel The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman that 20th Century Fox will put in production next spring, but he has just come attached to direct City State, an Icelandic crime thriller that Mangold and his Tree Line Films partner Cathy Konrad will develop for a remake. They will produce with Danny Sherman and Josh Kesslman of Principal Entertainment.

Written and directed by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, City State is set in the Icelandic underworld and deals with four people whose lives intersect when a foreign mafia decides to take control of the Icelandic drug market. There is a crooked police captain in love with a prostitute, an aging crime boss with a heart condition looking to get out of the game alive, a mechanic determined to avenge the death of his unborn child, and a female cop who is attacked by thugs and takes matters into her own hands. Mangold’s reps at WME and Management 360 will set this one up quickly. Here is a look at the trailer for the original.

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Publisher Author Solutions Sets $1M Script Development Fund For New Film Arm

By | Wednesday October 5, 2011 @ 10:32am PDT

Indie book publisher Author Solutions has solidified a $1 million development fund to finance screenplays adapted from books written by its stable of self-published writers, who account for more than 145,000 titles. The publisher, which has a first-look deal with Principal Entertainment, will run the fund out of its newly formed production shingle FuseFrame that is being overseen by Author Solutions’ film and new-media unit boss Marcus Chait. The first property in the fund is A Game Of Hide And Seek, by Irene Farrimond. John Swetnam is adapting the book, a thriller about a group of teens vacationing in a remote mountain resort who must rescue their parents after they are taken hostage by a band of criminals. Chait is producing with Principal’s Danny Sherman; Principal’s Jen Weinbaum is co-producing.

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