MEMBERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

January 2011
by Linda Carlson
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MEMBERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

A MOVIE, AND MAYBE MORE

A screenwriter is at work on a movie script based on Oceanview Publishing’s The Perfect Assassin, optioned by Amber Entertainment in September after a chance recommendation to Ileen Maisel, an Amber founder/producer.

Maisel got the book from a friend she stayed with on a visit to the Massachusetts coast last spring. Delighted with Ward Larsen’s first suspense thriller, she tracked down Oceanview co-founder Susan Greger in nearby Ipswich, went through the Oceanview catalog—and left a meeting with Greger with samples of the publisher’s fiction. Referred to co-founder Bob Gussin, who handles Oceanview’s subsidiary rights, Maisel was talking options with him and his wife, Patricia, another co-founder, within a couple of weeks.

Option contracts don’t get reviewed and signed overnight, but by the time the deal for an 18-month option was signed, Amber had its publicity in high gear, and Bob Gussin found himself being interviewed by Variety for a story that ran in mid-October. As it reported:

“It’s the first sale of feature rights for five-year-old Oceanview, which was founded by the Gussins and Greger—who are all former Johnson & Johnson execs. …IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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