Management/Production company Underground is bringing Noah Rothman on board as a manager to be based out of NYC. Joining the team of Trevor Engelson, Josh McGuire and Evan Silverberg. Rothman joins the company after having worked at 3 Arts. He will open the New York branch of Underground as the company continues to grow its list of actors, writers and directors.
On the production side of things, Underground recently set up a number of projects around town including Ground Control To Major Tom at Disney to be directed by Seth Gordon; Carmen San Diego at Walden starring Jennifer Lopez; Rise at Warner Bros with a script from Melton & Dunstan and David Karlak directing, and Bad Advice From My Brother at Comedy Central based on Jordan Pope Roush’s popular blog.
“Noah is a true hustler and a perfect fit for what we were looking for, said Underground’s Trevor Engelson. He has a great eye for up and coming talent and is going to be a big part of helping Underground grow. We are all very happy to have him with us.”
EXCLUSIVE: Walden Media has acquired rights to turn Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? into a live-action film involving Jennifer Lopez. I’d heard that Walden Media will develop the property as a vehicle for Lopez to play the title character, but Walden Media said at this point, she’s attached to produce only. The hope is to turn the property into National Treasure meets The Thomas Crown Affair. The logline: When the ACME agency’s greatest detective Carmen Sandiego becomes the world’s greatest thief, it’s up to her former partner to follow her clues and track her down. Their cat-and-mouse game leads the partner to confront a greater mystery: Is Carmen really a thief or a hero? The property originated as an educational computer game before it was turned into an animated TV series.
The film will be produced by Lopez and her Nuyorican Productions’ partners Benny Medina and Simon Fields, and Underground Films’ Nick Osbourne, Trevor Engelson and Devin Andre. Walden Media CEO Michael Bostick and SVP Evan Turner are steering the property after it was acquired from Hougton Mifflin. The property fits into Walden Media’s mandate to create properties that challenge kids; Carmen Sandiego is used as a teaching tool in more than half of elementary schools nationwide. The project tried the movie route once before; Disney optioned it in the late 1990s and developed a version for Sandra Bullock, but it never went anywhere. Read More »
Underground Films & Management partners Nick Osborne and Trevor Engelson are parting ways after a decade. Engelson will continue to run Underground, while Osborne will focus on writing and producing, the latter through a new as-yet-unnamed production company. The pair will continue to work on projects they have developed and set up on the production side, including an untitled Emily Post movie set up at Warner Bros; their past credits include Summit’s Remember Me and Warner Bros’ License to Wed. “Over the last three years I have been working on a novel, Refuge, and now that’s it’s almost finished I realized that I wanted to focus on writing even more while continuing with my other great passion — producing,” said Osborne. “In such a scenario being a partner of a management/production company did not make sense.”
Josh McGuire and Evan Silverberg remain as part of the Underground team of managers. The company’s clients include Jon Lajoie, Jim Field Smith, Joel David Moore, Dito Montiel, Sharni Vinson, Daniel Stamm and Irvine Welsh. Said Engelson, who started out at Underground 10 years ago as Osborne’s assistant: “We are incredibly proud of every one of our entrepreneurial clients, and will only be building Underground into a bigger, more successful company from here. I may be losing a great business partner by Nick transitioning into being a writer, but I’m gaining a really talented client.”
EXCLUSIVE: Oly Obst is leaving Underground Films & Management to join 3 Arts. Obst, who had been at Underground for four years, will bring clients that include Matt Robinson (The Invention of Lying), Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne (Raindrops All Around Me), Nichole Beattie (Prime Suspect), Davd King (Parks and Recreation), Craig DiGregorio (Chuck), Tom Donnelly & Josh Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian), Tom Gormican (Are We Officially Dating?), Andrew O’Connor (Peep Show), Charly & Vlas Parlapanides (Immortals) and Ricardo Do Montreuilo (The Raven).
Obst leaves Underground on amicable terms with partners Trevor Engelson and Nick Osborne. “In the four years we’ve worked together, Oly has become a very close friend to both of us. He’s a great manager and we wish him the best.”