EXCLUSIVE: Akiva Goldsman is stepping behind the camera again, this time to bring a horror film to the big screen with Stephanie — a story about a little girl with unworldly abilities who was abandoned before a man and a woman show up claiming to be her parents, thereby interrupting her mysterious world. A fall start is being eyed.
Goldsman, of course, is the Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind A Beautiful Mind and one of the many producers on Lone Survivor which Universal released last Christmas to critical and commercial acclaim. He also co-scripted Insurgent and Allegiant: Part 1, the next two pictures in the Divergent trilogy series for Lionsgate. He also exec produced Paranormal Activity 2, 3 and 4 with Blumhouse, which is one of the producers of this film. Horror fare can be extraordinarily profitable at the box office because their budgets are usually lower and the genre itself tends to have rabid fans. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Chris George is joining the book department of The Gotham Group. He had been an exec at AMSEF/Kalitech where he worked closely with Tom Clancy, overseeing development of the the late author’s last four bestsellers, Dead Or Alive, Against All Enemies, Locked On and Threat Vector, and his latest, Command Authority, which will be published December 3. He was also co-executive producer for the Relativity release Act Of Valor, which was presented by Tom Clancy, and set up with the author Tom Clancy’s Department Of Homeland Security at TNT in 2011. George also represents film and TV rights for Eye For An Eye author Ben Coes, whose next, Independence Day will be published June 3 by St. Martin’s Press. George also worked with French vidgame maker Ubisoft to hire writers and develop Clancy novelizations including Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, End War and H.A.W.X. George previously worked with Gotham founder Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and partners Lindsay Williams and Julie Kane-Ritsch at AMG, when he was story editor of APG, the film production division.
With the addition of George, longtime rep Michael Prevett will be leaving the company to join his former partners at Rain Management.
Of George, Goldsmith said “He has incredible taste in literary material and deep relationships in the publishing world. I’m confident that he will help grow our business, both in the renowned authors and intellectual property we represent.”
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated director and animator Timothy Reckart has signed with APA and The Gotham Group. Reckart specializes in stop-motion animation and gained acclaim earlier this year for Head Over Heels. The only Oscar-nominated animated short that was a student film, it examines a marriage from a unique perspective where the wife lives on the ceiling and the husband on the floor. It was his student thesis at the National Film & Television School in the UK. Reckart has a BA in history and literature from Harvard University and an MA in directing animation from the National Film & Television School.
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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 »