Monday, April 18, 2011

Circle of Confusion Enters Into Management Agreement With Publishing Firm ZOVA Books

Acclaimed Hollywood production and management company, Circle of Confusion announces partnership with the boutique literary publishing house, ZOVA Books for film, television, and foreign print rights.
Los Angeles, CA, April 18, 2011 - Circle of Confusion, a premier media management and production company, announces it will be representing the publishing firm, ZOVA Books, for film, television, and foreign print rights. Circle of Confusion has received numerous awards and nominations for its production of the acclaimed television series The Walking Dead. Their partnership with ZOVA Books brings them a growing catalog of fiction for representation.
ZOVA Books is a boutique publishing firm with a diverse catalog that includes two New York Times #1 bestselling authors. ZOVA’s authors include Academy Award winning screenwriter and author Michael Blake, best known for the iconic Dances With Wolves, Pulitzer Prize nominee for the international bestseller Sacajawea, Anna Lee Waldo, and mystery bestseller, Michele Scott.
Established as a creative organization focused on the success of individual authors and the development of wide-ranging creative projects, ZOVA has developed a next generation publishing model in a time when most publishers, both small and large, are struggling to reconcile traditional practices with the growing phenomenon of digital publishing.
ZOVA's CEO, Matthew Pizzo, says, “It is an honor to work with David Alpert and Circle of Confusion. The positive and proactive energy they bring to their work is incredible, and inspires us to continue our efforts to create a truly unique media firm.”
“ZOVA is an incredibly exciting new publishing company,” says Circle Partner David Alpert, “They have impeccable taste in material and are building an amazing platform for authors. We’re very excited to be working ZOVA, and think that there are amazing synergies between our two companies.”
The announcement of the partnership between Circle of Confusion and ZOVA Books precedes a series of significant book releases by the publishing company, including the exclusive e-book release of Dances With Wolves, the upcoming novel by Michele Scott, Happy Hour, and the newest release by Anna Lee Waldo, a historical epic entitled Watch the Face of the Sky.

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.

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