Sparkler nabs rights to political thriller novels

Charles Segars’ Sparkler Entertainment has acquired feature rights to a series of political action thriller novels by TV producer Gary Grossman with the goal of developing a franchise.

Segars was an exec producer on the Mouse House’s two “National Treasure” pics, which have grossed $800 million worldwide. He came up with the first pic’s original story together with Oren Aviv, now prexy of Disney’s motion picture group.

The books in the deal include “Executive Actions,” “Executive Treason” and an upcoming third novel in the series. Segars has several major projects set up around town based on stories he’s created, including “Fort Knox” at Warner Bros., “No Man’s Land” at DreamWorks and “Stealing Time” at Sony Pictures. He also has a first-look production deal with Disney and is CEO of indie cable net Ovation TV.

Grossman’s a partner in Weller-Grossman Prods. and has produced series for NBC News, CNN, ABC, CBS and Fox. He’s written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald American and he’s the author of nonfiction books “Superman: Serial to Cereal” and “Saturday Morning TV.”

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