"Escape From Plauen" Movie Rights by Author Renate Stoever, Agent Alan Morell
of Creative Management Partners Optioned to Solaris
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/12/14 -- Solaris
Entertainment, an Oscar nominated film and television production
company, that creates and produces its own content, has optioned the
rights through Agent Alan Morell of Creative Management Partners for
adaptation to a movie for "Escape From Plauen" by Renate Stoever,
published this March 20th by iBooks and available at Barnes & Noble,
BAM!, Amazon, and the finest booksellers.
Said Solaris Entertainment CEO/Producer Greg O'Connor: "I am very
excited about the prospects of the book 'Escape From Plauen'
adaptation to a movie of this incredible story. When Renate Stoever's
Agent Alan Morell presented Renate's true story to us, knowing my
interest in history and in WW II, we thought it was worthy of serious
consideration. After reading the book I thought Ms. Stover's story
was a remarkable journey that could make a powerful film, so were
very pleased to option the rights".
Said Author Stoever: "I am very excited to work with my Agent Alan
Morell along with Greg O' Connor and his people at Solaris
Entertainment for my book in film and to have a premier publisher
like John Colby of iBooks, J. Boylston & Company recognize the
quality of my literary work."
Said Agent Alan Morell: "Knowing and respecting Greg O'Connors'
acclaimed credentials at Solaris Entertainment and their attachment
to major studios, I felt it was an ideal fit for Renate's 'Escape
from Plauen,' a true story about the ravages of war and its aftermath
seen through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl in Plauen, Germany.
'Escape from Plauen' not only tells the story of war's depravation
but also a story of faith and the will to triumph against all odds,
something that Solaris Entertainment did magnificently with 'Warrior'
for Lionsgate and 'Miracle' for Disney."
Said Publisher John Colby: "'Escape From Plauen' by Renate Stoever is
a remarkable story told from the heart. It is a rare publishing gem.
We're very pleased at iBooks, J. Boylston & Company, of the rights
optioned by Solaris Entertainment for an adaptation to a movie that
Agent Alan Morell concluded for all parties."
About "Escape from Plauen":
"Escape from Plauen" is a first-hand account of life in the German
City of Plauen, before and after Hitler's defeat, the end of Nazi
Germany and occupation of the Soviet Army. Caught between Stalin's
advancing Communist Army in the East and the Allies march from the
West, the women, children and elderly of Germany had no place to hide
long after the collapse of the Wehrmacht.
About J. Boylston & Company, Publishers:
J. Boylston & Company, Publishers imprint, iBooks, was named
"America's fastest growing small publisher" by Publishers Weekly in
2004. Besides iBooks, J. Boylston & Company, Publishers includes the
children's imprint Milk & Cookies Press, iPicturebooks, and Byron
Press Visual Publications, a book packager with licensed books to
Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Dutton, Scholastic, and Reader's
Digest. Brick Tower Press is a trade book publisher of quality
nonfiction titles including cookery, gardening, autobiography,
maritime, military history, and financial guides. John T. Colby Jr.
is the founder and publisher of Manhattan based Brick Tower Press,
ranked in the top 100 United States independent book publishers.
About the Author Renate Stoever:
Renate Stoever was born in the German city of Plauen in the state of
Saxony before the start of the Second World War. Renate's early
childhood was safe and happy, but all that changed drastically during
and after World War II. Those years were a constant struggle to stay
At the end of the war, Renate's home state was first occupied by
American troops, but six weeks later, Russian troops moved in due to
the Allies' decision at the Yalta conference in February 1945.
Consequently, Renate's part of Germany became known as Communist East
Renate's father Kurt fled to West Germany in the spring of 1947.
Braving ice, snow and great danger, Renate, her mother Gertraud and
little sister Margit, followed him Christmas 1947.
After 5 years of living in primitive barracks outside a charming,
medieval Bavarian town in the American Sector of West Germany, Renate
and her family emigrated to The United States of America in 1953.
Within a week of her 1953 arrival in the United States, Renate
started a job beading moccasin-tops. A year later she used her
artistic ability to become a top designer in the Lace and Embroidery
industry, where she became the first female in a male-dominated
profession. Life as a German immigrant was not easy, but through hard
work and frugal living, Renate and her family, were able to create a
new home, their first real home since 1945. Renate married Fred
Stover in 1962 and helped her husband establish a successful Wall
Street firm. They became happy parents when their son Roland was born
in 1971 and Renate became a stay-at-home Mom.
In time Renate started to paint, specializing in flowers and Native
American themes, which resulted in a lot of exhibits and interviews
with TV News Media. After winning a writing competition in the "New
Yorker Staats Zeitung," a German-American weekly newspaper, friends
encouraged Renate to spend more time writing.
About Solaris Entertainment:
Solaris is an award winning film and television production company
based in New York and Los Angeles. The company creates and produces
its own content with marketing and distribution deals with major
studios, networks and digital platforms. The company has produced
films for New Line Cinema, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Lionsgate and
has had projects in development with Paramount, Sony, Revolution,
Universal, Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street, and Mel Gibson's Icon
Pictures among others.
In television, the company has focused on one hour drama series and
operated under a three year deal at Paramount Television Studios. The
company has developed and/or shot pilots for CBS, FX, Showtime, and
produced documentaries for HBO and STARZ.
About Gregory O'Connor:
Greg is an award-winning film producer, writer, content creator and
entrepreneur. His company Solaris Entertainment is a successful film
and television company based in New York and Los Angeles. Greg
started his career in film in 1999 with Tumbleweeds, an independent
film that won the Filmmaker's Award at the Sundance Film Festival,
also receiving an Academy Award nomination and winning the Golden
Globe for Best Actress for Janet McTeer.
Greg has since created and/or produced films including "Miracle" with
Kurt Russell for Disney, "Pride & Glory" with Ed Norton, Colin
Farrell and Jon Voigt for Warner Brothers, "The Smashing Machine" for
HBO, indie cult favorite "The Slaughter Rule" with Ryan Gosling and
Amy Adams, and most recently "Warrior" with Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton
and Nick Nolte for Lionsgate. Greg has also worked developing and
producing television under a 3 year production deal with Paramount
For more information:
THE CREATIVE MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Creative Management Partners LLC
505 Beachland Blvd. Su 1 #195
Vero Beach, Florida 32963
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