Federation Entertainment Backed Glisk Lands First Major Talent Deal – Deadline

EXCLUSIVEGerman label Glisk, backed by Fledgling Federation Entertainment, has secured its first major talent deal, signing German author Ivar Leon Menger and setting up his first three projects, Deadline can reveal.

Glisk will create TV versions of two of Menger’s audiobooks – ghost box and Monster 1983 – with a film adaptation of the first novel When the strangers camewhich recently sold as a six-figure two-book deal in a 10-way auction and will be released later this year in multiple languages.

The novel is set in the deep forests of Northland in a lakeside cabin on a small island, where 15-year-old Juno has lived in complete isolation with her family since early childhood, living in constant fear. “outsiders” who want revenge on his father for testifying against one of them many years ago.

Meanwhile, ghost box is a mystery trilogy that tells the story of Lena Gruenwald, a young journalist from Berlin who wants to solve the mysterious suicide of her brother, and Monster 1983 sheds light on a series of mysterious deaths in Oregon in the mid-1980s after a Russian spy disappeared without trace.

The trio’s creator, Menger, is an award-winning thriller writer who has seen ghost box and Monster 1983 dominate the Audible charts in Germany. It has received more than 30 awards, including Best Short Film at the Berlinale’s Lost High-Tapes Awards.

“Shedding light on talent”

His signature testifies to the ambition of the founders of Glisk, Philipp Steffens and Julie Link, the veteran executives who launched the Around the world in 80 days shingle producer supported by the Federation last year to focus on creating, producing, financing and distributing high-quality originals through a stable of independent studios.

Steffens recently created and produced TNT Germany The valley and Link has held executive positions at Critical Content, Relativity Television and Splendid Studios.

The couple said they have “big plans” to build the Menger brand.

“We believe in bringing talent to light and investing in long-term relationships with creatives,” they added. “One of our goals as a company is to introduce German concepts and talent to a global audience, so we hope this is just the start of an ongoing collaboration.”

Menger said he was “delighted to have found such experienced and internationally networked producers” to develop his work.

Glisk’s owning Federation has grown at a rapid pace over the past year, and Germany was the last major European nation it didn’t have a presence in.

Over the past 12 months, Lionel Uzan and Pascal Breton’s company has teamed up with American studio Anonymous Content to launch a joint venture in France, took a majority stake in French independent studio Robin & Co, which is open to the States United via management and production company Animal Federation and set up a UK operation run by two former eOne executives.

The Glisk/Menger deal was handled by Sebastian Möllmann of Möllmann Bießmann Rechtsanwälte and Marc Koralnik of Liepman AG Literary Agency, as well as Matthias Braun of Studio Legal.

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