WT Deals: "Black" Feature Adaptation Acquired by Warner Bros. from Co-Creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 of Black Mask Comic Series

Feature adaptation Black of comic series Black Mask by co-creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 has been acquired by Warner Bros. The script was written by DC’s  Titans producer Jeff Robinov, who will also produce along with Guy Danella, and John Graham from Studio 8 with Black Mask Studio’s Matteo Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz. Osajyefo and Smith are also co-producers on the project. Osajyefo came up with the concept about a universe where only Black people possess superpowers for the comic,

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WT Deals: "To Sleep in a Sea of Stars" Book To Be Adapted Into a Feature

Made Up Stories and Snoot Entertainment have partnered up and optioned the rights to the adult sci-fi novel written by Christopher Paolini To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. Paolini will adapt the book along with his sister and collaborator Angela Paolini.

Paolini is author of Eragon which landed him #1 on the New York Times best selling authors list by the age of 19. The book was adapted into a major motion picture in 2006.

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WT Deals: Noelle Stevenson is Writing and Will Executive Produce "Lumberjanes" HBO Max Animated Series

Noelle Stevenson will write and executive produce Lumberjanes, an animated series. The special is currently in development for HBO Max. Lumberjanes is a comic book originally created by Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Brooklyn A. Allen in 2014. The book has won many awards for its strong LGBTQ representation and female friendship.

Stevenson was a showrunner for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power for Netflix and DreamWorks Animation which received many GLAAD and Emmy nominations.

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Gary Bradus in Sacramento Business Journal: Jennifer Stolo of Make-A-Wish Named Honoree of the Executive of the Year Award

Jennifer Stolo was recently named honoree of the Executive of the Year Award by the Corporate Citizenship Awards. Stolo is head of one of the largest Make-A-Wish chapters. Weintraub Managing Shareholder and Make-A-Wish board member Gary Bradus was quoted in the article:

Pulling off an endeavor of that magnitude takes much more than wishful thinking. It takes a leader like Stolo, who is laser focused and believes 100% in the mission.

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Mark E. Ellinghouse Named 40 Under 40 by the Sacramento Business Journal

Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that Mark E. Ellinghouse has been named a 2020 40 Under 40 honoree by the Sacramento Business Journal. Each year the publication recognizes young Sacramento professionals with a high level of career achievement and contributions to the community.

Mark is a shareholder in the Firm’s Real Estate and Corporate practice groups.

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Sophia Cizmarik in Mansion Global: Will There Be Property Tax Proposals on the Ballot on U.S. Election Day?

Each week, Mansion Global, a real estate publication of Dow Jones/Barron’s Group, poses a question to real estate tax attorneys. Sophia Y. Cizmarik was interviewed for a September 2020 article discussing real estate tax proposals on several state ballots in November. Sophia discussed the Split Roll initiative on the California ballot, which would change how property tax is assessed in the state by treating commercial and residential properties differently.

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Josh Escovedo in Law360: Ex-Hemp Co. CEO Accused of Selling Secret Strain for $3.8M

Law360’s recent article Ex-Hemp Co. CEO Accused Of Selling Secret Strain For $3.8M  details legal action by Josh H. Escovedo on behalf of Weintraub client Big Wuf Enterprises LLC.  Big Wuf, partial owner of a failed venture to breed, cultivate, and sell hemp seeds, has filed suit against the venture’s former CEO, accusing him of selling its trade-secret hemp strain to Canadian company Canopy Growth for $3.83 million under a contract allegedly worth $13 million.

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WT Deals: Melissa Moore is Executive Producer on Serial Killer TV Show 'Happy Face' Adapted from Podcast

CBS All Access is adapting the serial killer podcast Happy Face, about Dr. Oz contributor Melissa Moore, for television with writer Jennifer Cacicio, and creators Robert and Michelle King. The Podcast was created by Moore and co-produced with iHeart Media.

Moore found out at the age of 15 that she was the daughter of the serial killer known as the Happy Face Killer. She has authored a book, Shattered Silence,

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Louis Gonzalez, Jr. Named Best Lawyers© 2021 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Litigation-Real Estate in Sacramento

Sacramento, CA – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that Louis Gonzalez, Jr. was named Best Lawyers® 2021 Litigation- Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” in Sacramento. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location each year. The honor is awarded to the individual lawyer with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region.

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