Firm reaches key deal with Scholastic

Management-production firm The Gotham Group has reached a key deal on film and TV rights with Scholastic Corp.

The companies announced Thursday that Scholastic’s trade publishing division has retained Gotham as its exclusive worldwide motion picture representative, covering all books to which the Scholastic division controls the film and TV rights from its current catalogs and backlist. Scholastic Media retains its first look on any Scholastic published property.

Scholastic published the Harry Potter series, “39 Clues” and “Hunger Games.”

Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade, said, “Gotham’s extensive connections in the entertainment industry, combined with Scholastic’s incredible list of award winning and bestselling books and brands, is sure to result in many exciting extensions of these timeless stories in film and TV.”

Gotham and Scholastic have already teamed on half a dozen Scholastic titles with Gotham producing, including Kat Falls’ “Dark Life,” set up with Gotham and Imagemovers at Disney; Doug TenNapel’s “Ghostopolis,” also set with Gotham at Disney; Jimmy Docherty’s “Ice Cream Con,” set up with Gotham and Olive Prods.; TenNapel’s “Bad Island”; Jim Benton’s “Dear Dumb Diary,” set with Gotham, Zucker Pros. and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment; and Lin Oliver and Theo Baker’s “Sound Bender.”

Gotham’s feature producing credits include “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and the upcoming Taylor Lautner vehicle “Abduction.”

“We are privileged to represent Scholastic, and look forward to working together to facilitate a broad range of entertainment properties based on Scholastic’s books,” said Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, founder and CEO of Gotham.

Gotham reps works from such clients as Bloomsbury/Walker U.S., Dark Horse Entertainment, Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Village Voice Media, Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, SAF Comics and Com.x.

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