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D/F Management to merge with Circle of Confusion

Companies aim to combine literary talent with D/F's actor roster

Steve Dontanville and Frank Frattaroli’s D/F Management is merging with Circle of Confusion to create a full-service management and production company that will operate under the Circle of Confusion banner with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

New entity aims to combine the strengths of Circle of Confusion’s literary client list with D/F’s actor-centric roster, along with both companies’ growing production business in features and television.

D/F’s roster of clients includes Frances McDormand, Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Michelle Monaghan, Sarah Polley, Sasha Alexander, Zach Gilford, Alfre Woodard, Benjamin Bratt, Molly Parker, Tom Cavanagh, Daniel Minahan, Mary Harron and John Krokidas.

Circle of Confusion reps clients such as the Wachowski siblings, Jon Spaihts, Max Landis, Adam Goldberg, Keith Merryman & David Newman, Doug Jung, the Dowdle brothers, Tim Schlattman, Dan Mazeau and Oren Uziel, as well as comic creators Robert Kirkman, Brian Michael Bendis and several top comic book publishers including IDW and Top Cow.

Circle of Confusion, which produces AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead,” has “Powers” set up at F/X and “Chew” in development at Showtime, with Stephen Hopkins set to direct the pilot.

On the feature side, Circle of Confusion recently set up “Lore” at Warner Bros. with Andrew Lazar producing and Dwayne Johnson attached to star. It’s also exec producing the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which F. Gary Gray will direct for New Line.

“We have been searching for like-minded partners for the past several years, and Circle of Confusion’s smart, passionate and unified team is the perfect cultural fit,” the D/F principals said in a joint statement.

Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert, David Engel and Lawrence Mattis echoed that sentiment, jointly stating that “we are terrifically excited and fortunate to join forces with D/F in what is proving to be a very organic and dynamic combination. This union of great people from both companies will empower us to continue providing the highest level of service to our clients in all areas, accelerate our producing activities, and expand our business in exciting ways in the future.”

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