Television Development Deal for The Curie Society Graphic Novel
Cambridge, MA and New York, NY, November 14, 2018 – The MIT Press and Einhorn’s Epic Productions (“EEP”) announced a deal to develop and produce an original graphic novel (“OGN”) titled The Curie Society. Scooter Braun’s SB Projects has also obtained the television rights and will co-develop the franchise for TV with EEP.
The Curie Society is the first young adult adventure OGN deal for the MIT Press. The Curie Society will center around an international secret society of young female scientists who use their various STEM skills in covert operations to protect the world. Created by EEP’s CEO Heather Einhorn and Chief Creative Officer Adam Staffaroni, the OGN is currently being written by Blue Delliquanti (O Human Star, Meal) and edited by Joan Hilty (Birds of Prey, Manhunter, Batman) with an artist to be announced.
“The MIT Press has a long and rich history of publishing impactful books by and about women in science, technology and mathematics,” says press director Amy Brand. “With this innovative partnership and concept, we are excited to extend that impact to a younger generation and broader population of readers.”
Scooter Braun’s SB Projects acquired the rights to co-develop The Curie Society for television with EEP while the The Curie Society graphic novel is still in production. James Shin, SVP of Film & Television at SB Projects, is set to oversee development along with Heather Einhorn, Adam Staffaroni and Aroop Sanakkayala from EEP.
The MIT Press and EEP will also be working with science media company Massive to build a real-world Curie Society: a digital community of actual science super-heroines readers and fans. EEP’S Heather Einhorn says, “We created The Curie Society to be a place where smart, heroic, young women can shine. To bring this world to life it’s incredible to be working with forward-thinking and innovative partners like the MIT Press, Massive and SB Projects.”
About Einhorn’s Epic Productions
As an entertainment creative house, Einhorn’s Epic Productions builds heroic franchise IP for today’s ever-changing media marketplace. Focusing on underserved fandoms, EEP creates story IP to live in both traditional and non-traditional platforms like film, television, graphic novels, podcasts, immersive experiences, digital content and more. Recently, EEP developed and produced iHeart Radio’s first scripted podcast series, Lethal Lit: A Tig Torres Mystery, which debuted on all major podcast platforms October 2018. EEP’s unique collaborative approach, strengthened by their team of fandom experts, creates opportunities for new and unexpected partnerships to successfully launch the next generation of franchise character IP.
About The MIT Press
The MIT Press is a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts. Since its founding in 1962, the MIT Press has been changing the rules of engagement between academic authors and their readers. Reflecting and amplifying the values of an educational institution that places a premium on experimentation, invention and open information access, the MIT Press was one of the first publishers to exploit the potential of the internet and has influenced the development of new interdisciplinary fields.
About SB Projects
SB Projects is a diversified entertainment and media company at the intersection of music, film, television, technology, brands, culture and social good. Founded by one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People In the World, Scooter Braun, SB Projects boasts an elite roster of the top pop culture icons under its management, record label, and publishing companies that include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Zac Brown Band, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dan + Shay, Tori Kelly, Martin Garrix, Karlie Kloss and more.
SB Projects houses a film and television production division, which made waves in the industry with its first documentary film, “Never Say Never”, one of the highest grossing films in box office history. They continued to expand their roster of television and film projects with credits including, Justin Bieber’s “Believe” (2013), "The Giver" (2014) and CBS’s "Scorpion” (2014-Present). In 2018, SB Projects announced they are working on an untitled-scripted family drama for ABC, inspired by the musical legacy of singer, Selena Quintanilla. SB Projects also continues to impact new verticals under its tech incubator, Silent Labs, which holds investments in Uber, Spotify, Songza, Casper, Waze, and Pinterest among others.
SB Projects remains committed to the company’s founding philosophy of giving back and designs a philanthropic element into each new initiative. In 2017, SB Projects worked with founder Scooter Braun to organize the One Love Manchester benefit concert and Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon, within just months of one-another.
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