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Maverick Films splits

Morgan gets projects, Oseary keeps name

Maverick Films topper Mark Morgan is parting ways with partner Guy Oseary and relaunching the company under a new name.

Morgan has acquired sole ownership of the company’s current projects and development. Oseary, however, has retained rights to the Maverick name, so Morgan has dubbed the shingle Imprint Entertainment.

As part of the change, Morgan has brought aboard Becker Entertainment principal Michael Becker, who will be a partner in Imprint. The addition of Becker means Imprint is expanding into talent management.

Maverick/Imprint already had more than two dozen projects in various stages, including the upcoming feature based on the bestselling novel “Twilight,” directed by Catherine Hardwicke for Summit Entertainment.

Company’s also in post-production on the Nelson McCormick-helmed “The Stepfather” for Sony/Screen Gems and the MGM project “Bumper,” starring Laura Breckenridge.

The shingle is also behind (with Icon) the Christopher McQuarrie-helmed “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” which goes before the lens in January. And Chris Columbus is set to direct its “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,” based on the Rick Riordan book series, for Fox.

Beyond that, Morgan is also developing feature “The Whale,” to star and be produced by Ice Cube; “Hosed,” from the MTV/”Jackass” crew; and “Dreary and Naughty,” based on the Nick Marine novels and set to be directed by Tommy O’Haver. “High School Musical’s” Vanessa Hudgens is in talks to star.

Beyond film, Imprint will also redub Maverick’s TV division as Imprint Television. Company’s projects include a family drama for tween network the N from David Berenson.

As for the management side, Becker brings aboard clients including scribe Joshua Friedlander (“Pictures of You”), author Angel Adams (“I’m Easy … And I Have Bad Taste”) and rapper DJ Quik.

Morgan said he plans to hire at least 10 new staffers in the coming weeks; he’s also scouting for a new TV head. (Former Maverick TV topper Michael Rosenberg departed earlier this year.)

Oseary and Madonna founded Maverick Films in 2001. Madonna had previously divested her stake in the company; with Oseary also now resigning from any position, that left Morgan as the remaining member in the venture. Oseary will still get a production credit, however, on any film and TV projects that were already in development before his departure.

Oseary has centered his focus on managing Madonna, as well as clients Lenny Kravitz and Alex Rodriguez. He’s currently busy prepping for Madonna’s world tour, which begins later this month in the U.K.

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