LOS ANGELES, CA – March 12, 2014 -- 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 alive.
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 Germany.
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 Television Studios.
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