Awesome Media Announces Representation Deal with Circle of Confusion

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New Relationship Builds Capacity for Page-to-Screen Adaptations

We are less than one year away from the publication of “INTERFACE” and we have a full but focused creative portfolio of amazing stories that are perfectly pitched to make the leap from book to screen.

London, UK: Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. (Awesome), the boutique, creative incubator behind the upcoming book series “INTERFACE” announces representation by Circle of Confusion, the New York and Los Angeles based management and production company, for film and television adaptations of its publishing based properties.

This strategic relationship strengthens Awesome’s ability to translate its publishing based portfolio to film and television while broadening its global reach.

Awesome will be represented by manager Rick Jacobs who also represents graphic novel powerhouse IDW and will work closely with Awesome’s founder, Jeff Norton, to develop a long-term strategy to bring the books to screen.

This announcement comes on the eve of the annual Bologna Book Fair where Awesome will showcase to publishers three exciting new projects: “ALIENATED,” a high-school set sci-fi comedy by Matt Knight, “DRUMMER GIRL,” a glamorous yet gritty YA novel by Circle of Confusion client Bridget Tyler, and “THE CALLING,” a claustrophobic YA thriller by Thea Bennett.

Jeff Norton, founder, said: “This is an exciting time to partner with Circle of Confusion as we are less than one year away from the publication of “INTERFACE” and we have a full but focused creative portfolio of amazing stories that are perfectly pitched to make the leap from book to screen.”

Rick Jacobs said: “Jeff creates unique, plot-driven stories with compelling characters and distinct immersive worlds. We’re thrilled to help shepherd these Awesome projects to the entertainment community.”

About Awesome
Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. is a London based creative venture that originates and develops original fiction for all ages. Awesome brings a focused and “boutique” approach to a collaborative creative process often called “book packaging” and partners with talented authors to bring incredible stories to life. Awesome was founded in August, 2010 by former Chorion Ltd. Senior Vice President Jeff Norton and its first project, “INTERFACE” by Ryan Hunter, was sold to Orchard Books (a division of Hachette) for World English Language rights in a four-book deal and debuts in February, 2012. Awesome is represented for publishing by agent Nancy Miles at the Miles Stott Children’s Literary Agency. Norton is represented by agent Annette van Duren. http://www.jeffnorton.com

About Circle of Confusion
Circle of Confusion, a feature film & television production and management company, was founded in 1990. Initially a New York-based literary management company, Circle expanded into production in 2002 while simultaneously opening a West Coast office in Los Angeles.

The Management division of Circle represents screenwriters and directors as well as content creators and comic book libraries. Clients include the Wachowski Brothers (writers/directors of The Matrix Trilogy); directors John and Drew Dowdle (Devil, Quarantine) and Jon Poll (Charlie Bartlett); screenwriters Dan Mazeau (Clash of the Titans 2, The Flash), Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), Jon Spaihts (Darkest Hour, Alien Prequel), 2009 Blacklist winner Christopher Weekes (The Muppet Man), and 2010 Blacklist winner Wes Jones (College Republicans); television writers Tim Schlattmann (Dexter), Todd Harthan (Psych), and Doug Jung (Dark Blue); comic book creators/screenwriters Brian Michael Bendis (Powers, Jinx) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible); many journalists with articles appearing in periodicals such as Wired, GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Men’s Journal; and libraries which include books from IDW Publishing, Skybound, Seven Seas, and Shadowline Comics.

The Production division is currently prepping season two of the record-breaking hit AMC series The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman’s hugely successful Image Comics series, starring Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, and Sarah Wayne Callies. Circle is also prepping the recently green-lit Powers for FX Network with Michael Dinner and Charles Eglee. Previously, Circle has produced the pilots Them for Fox and Ultra for CBS.

On the feature side, Circle of Confusion has successfully set up more than thirty feature projects on studio development slates. These include projects such as: Inherit the Earth at Sony (with Michael Bay); Existence 2.0 at Paramount (with Al Gough & Miles Millar adapting); Fire at Universal (with Zac Effron attached to star); Antwerp at Paramount (with J.J. Abrams); and Straight Outta Compton at New Line (with Ice Cube & Dr. Dre).

Circle of Confusion is currently in prep on the 3-D horror film Hellbenders, written and to be directed by J.T. Petty. Circle also produced the recent Magnolia Films release Vanishing on 7th Street directed by Brad Anderson and starring Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo and Thandie Newton as well as the indie release St. John of Las Vegas written and directed by Hue Rhodes and starring Steve Buscemi, Sarah Silverman, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Cho.

Circle of Confusion established its identity developing elevated “genre” material, but has since expanded the client base to include writers of all types including, but not limited to, comedy, drama, and animation. The company is built to self-generate (either through its own library or elsewhere) high concept ideas and then develop and package the material to ensure success at the studio level. Whether it is breaking new talent or developing projects, Circle works to bridge the gap between the fringes of pop culture and the Hollywood mainstream.
http://www.circleofconfusion.com

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