ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT AND DIRECTOR/PRODUCER JACK HELLER ASSEMBLE FOR TWO NEW PROJECTS
NEW YORK October 14, 2016 – Zenescope Entertainment has partnered with Director/Producer Jack Heller and his newly formed ASSEMBLE MEDIA, to bring some of the company’s most beloved titles to film, TV, and the ever-growing new media landscape. Last Saturday, Heller joined Zenescope founders Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco at Zenescope’s New York Comic Con panel where they gave the crowd a sneak peek at their first collaboration, a short film based on the company’s best selling comic book ROBYN HOOD.
The short, directed by Jack Heller, stars Banshee’s Lili Simmons in the title role and will be available via the Zenescope website, Popboom.com, and across multiple social media platforms.
In addition to working on a live action feature film of ROBYN HOOD, Brusha, Tedesco & Heller have begun development on another of ZENESCOPE’S best selling titles, the anthology Horror series, GRIMM TALES OF TERROR. Of Grimm Heller said “So many of us horror fans grew up on comic books and horror anthologies, with Grimm Tales of Terror, Ralph and Joe have crafted a dangerously fun and frightening recipe for horror. With so many tales to choose from, I look forward to finding the most horrific ways to entertain audiences.” Like ROBYN HOOD, they plan to develop TALES OF TERROR while simultaneously producing digital content around the project.
Of the partnership Heller said, “The genre bending universe that Joe and Ralph have built is a perfect storm of creativity that makes the possibilities for Film, TV, and the ever expanding new media landscape astronomical.” “Jack’s been great to collaborate with,” said Tedesco, “He’s directed & produced a lot of films over the last few years, but more importantly he’s had success doing it. His work ethic and ability to get things done both inside and outside the box is impressive, but most importantly his creative vision is in tune with Joe’s and mine.”
“Watching one of our most iconic characters come to life through Lili’s incredible performance is just awesome. This short is going to give fans a preview of some of the extremely cool things we have happening with our brand on the film and TV side in 2017 and beyond.”
Heller is Producing Writer/Director S. Craig Zahler’s BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 starring Vince Vaughn, which is currently shooting in NYC, and is also producing an upcoming remake of the cult horror classic Puppet Master.
Zenescope Entertainment is currently in various stages of development on multiple film and TV projects based on their best selling comic book series, including Syfy channel’s newest show VAN HELSING.
Jack made his directorial debut with the Micro Budget film Enter Nowhere, starring up and coming stars Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad) and Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts). His second film Dark Was the Night, was released last year, and stars Kevin Durand (The Strain). As a music video and commercial director, he has worked with artists including Miley Cyrus, Big Sean, and Chief Keef, as well as brands such as Beats By Dre, Pac Sun, British Knights, Stussy, and Hood By Air. Heller has produced over 20 feature films and TV shows including Bone Tomahawkstarring Kurt Russell and the upcoming Vince Vaughn film Brawl in Cell Block 99. Recently, Heller launched ASSEMBLE MEDIA, a film, TV, and new media production company.
Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco started out writing screenplays together about fifteen years ago but the two eventually came up with the idea that evolved into Zenescope Entertainment. The company was founded in 2005 and has become one of the most recognized independent comic book and graphic novel publishers in the world. Ralph and Joe’s edgy and non-traditional brand of story-telling sets them apart from the pack. Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Oz, Wonderland, Neverland and Robyn Hood, which re-imagine classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest-running original independent comic books on shelves today. Zenescope publishes and develops both original and licensed material and has worked with dozens of clients that include Discovery Channel, History Channel, CBS, Lionsgate TV, Mandalay Vision, New Line Cinema, Titmouse Studios and many others.
Zenescope Entertainment has brought an exciting new feel to comics and are proud to have such a devoted fan base coming along for the ride.