LOS ANGELES, November 7, 2019
For immediate release
Ascendant Entertainment and Picture Perfect Federation have joined together to acquire the rights to one of this Fall’s popular young adult novels “Rules for Vanishing” written by Kate Alice Marshall. This reunites former partners Rob Friedman & Patrick Wachsberger who launched the blockbuster TWILIGHT franchise from the duos’ Summit Entertainment studio; as well as THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT franchises while serving as Co-Chairmen of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. Ascendant Entertainment’s Friedman and Picture Perfect Federation’s Wachsberger and Ashley Stern optioned the rights to Marshall’s novel after the material was brought in by their respective executives Sam Speiser and Sera Tabb.
“It is not only wonderful to be in business with my good friend and past partner Patrick, but the opportunity to collaborate on the development and production of inspired material such as this brings us both back to working directly with material and telling new stories to a global audience,” said Friedman.
“We are so happy to have found a YA novel that got us just as excited as the iconic material we pursued in the early days of our partnership. It’s a bonus to work with Rob again, and we can’t wait to move forward on this project together,” said Wachsberger.
“Rules for Vanishing” is a genre-bending thriller in which 17-year-old Sara and her friends receive a mysterious invitation into the woods to « play the game. » They are challenged to walk the vanishing road, the stuff of urban legends, unaware of the very real and horrific danger they will face. One thing is for certain: this road has a toll.
“Rules for Vanishing” is author Kate Alice Marshall’s second novel, published by Viking Children’s in the US and Walker Books in the UK. Her first book, “I Am Still Alive,” also published by Viking Children’s, is currently being adapted into a feature film by Lori Evans Taylor with Universal and Pearl Street Films. Ben Affleck will star and produce.
Author Kate Alice Marshall is represented by ICM Partners and Lisa Rodgers of JABberwocky Literary Agency.
About the companies:
Ascendant Entertainment, founded by venerable media executive and producer Rob Friedman in 2019, operates under a mandate to develop and produce content across traditional and emerging platforms for a global audience. The company develops its own material and often partners with other production banners and studios to produce and distribute content.
Picture Perfect Federation is a joint venture that was recently formed by entertainment industry leader Patrick Wachsberger and his Picture Perfect Entertainment, and Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan of studio Federation Entertainment. The entity is dedicated to the development and production of premium television series for the global marketplace on all platforms as well as engaging in international co-productions. Federation has series in production across the globe like hit German thriller “Bad Banks” for ZDF, Omri Givon’s next Israeli project “The Grave,” the first season of “Marianne” an original series for Netflix France, the second season of Hulu’s “Find Me in Paris” and France’s number one series, “Le Bureau des Légendes” for Canal +. Additionally, Federation has a number of high-profile series in development for global audiences such as “The Banker’s Wife” with showrunner Meredith Steihm, Director Lesli Linka Glatter, and producing partner Sherry Marsh ordered straight to series by Amazon. Picture Perfect Federation has acquired rights, along with Anonymous Content, to Christian Jacq’s five international bestselling book series, “Ramses,” which follows the epic life of Pharaoh Ramses II; and with Michael Shamberg the rights to Allison Pataki’s bestselling novels “The Accidental Empress” and “Sisi: Empress On Her Own.”
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