EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling Federation Entertainment-backed German label Glisk has struck its first main expertise deal, signing German creator Ivar Leon Menger and setting its first three initiatives, Deadline can reveal.
Glisk will create TV variations of two of Menger’s audiobooks – Ghostbox and Monster 1983 – together with a movie adaptation of debut novel When The Strangers Came, which not too long ago offered as a six-figure two-book deal in a 10-way public sale and shall be revealed later this yr in a number of languages.
The novel is ready within the deep forests of Northland in a lakeside cabin on a small island, the place 15-year-old Juno has lived in full isolation along with her household since early childhood, residing in fixed concern of ‘Strangers’ who wish to take revenge on her father for testifying towards certainly one of them a few years in the past.
Meanwhile, Ghostbox is a thriller trilogy that tells the story of Lena Gruenwald, a younger Berlin journalist who needs to resolve her brother’s mysterious suicide, and Monster 1983 spotlights a sequence of mysterious deaths in Oregon within the mid-Nineteen Eighties after a Russian spy disappears with no hint.
The trio’s creator, Menger, is an award-winning suspense author who has seen Ghostbox and Monster 1983 dominate the Audible charts in Germany. He has obtained greater than 30 awards together with Best Short Film on the Berlinale’s Lost High-Tapes Awards.
“Shining A Light On Talent”
His signing speaks to the ambition of Glisk founders Philipp Steffens and Julie Link, the veteran execs who launched the Around the World in 80 Days producer Federation-backed shingle final yr to give attention to the creation, manufacturing, financing and distribution of top of the range originals through a secure of unbiased studios.
Steffens most not too long ago created and produced TNT Germany’s The Valley and Link has held senior positions at Critical Content, Relativity Television and Splendid Studios.
The pair stated they’ve “big plans” to construct Menger’s model.
“We believe in shining a light on talent and investing in long-term relationships with creatives,” they added. “One of our aims as a company is to take German concepts and talent to a global audience, so we hope this is just the beginning of an ongoing collaboration.”
Menger stated he’s “thrilled to have found such internationally experienced and networked producers” to develop his work.
Glisk proprietor Federation has expanded at fast tempo over the previous yr and Germany was the final main European nation by which it didn’t have a presence.
In the previous 12 months, Lionel Uzan and Pascal Breton’s outfit has partnered with U.S. studio Anonymous Content to launch a three way partnership in France, taken a majority stake in French unbiased studio Robin & Co, opened within the U.S. through administration and manufacturing firm Animal Federation and arrange a UK operation helmed by two former eOne execs.
The Glisk / Menger deal was dealt with by Sebastian Möllmann of Möllmann Bießmann Rechtsanwälte and Marc Koralnik of Liepman AG Literary Agency, in addition to Matthias Braun of Studio Legal.