Client News – Screenwriter and upcoming showrunner, Miranda Spigener-Sapon discusses book deal and new TV show, ‘Marisa Romanov’ with Buzzfeed

The Hollywood Lawyer client, multi-talented author and upcoming showrunner, Miranda Spigener-Sapon, along with her co-writer, Ross John Gosla, had a chance to sit down with Buzzfeed to discuss her brand new book deal with Winterwolf Press and upcoming TV version of the book, Marisa Romanov.


Check out the full Buzzfeed article below (and note the shoutout to our very own Primary Attorney, David Y. Kim!):

Winterwolf Press, a young publishing house saw the opportunity to sign these guys to a book deal. I really love Winterwolf’s message and they seem like such a positive light in a crazed industry. They are publishing works that inspire readers to remember the truth of who they truly are and aiming to promote peace, joy, magic, and positivity in society’s creative consciousness. Winterwolf wishes to be a counter voice against the all-too-common dystopian themes that run rampant in today’s entertainment.

The fact that they strive to build honest, nurturing, and transparent relationships with their authors, peers, and audiences really amazes me. Laura C. Cantu, President of Winterwolf Press and John B. Dixon, Director of Operations, will serve as the project manager on Miranda and Ross’s book and Laura had this to add, “We at Winterwolf are really excited to be working with Miranda and Ross on Charles.” The release date is tentatively set for Fall 2019 nationwide.

The book is titled Charles: A Marisa Romanov Story. It is a prequel to the upcoming new sci-fi/new-noir television series Marisa Romanov in which Spigener-Sapon is the Showrunner and Gosla is a series regular as well as part of the writers team for the series. The book, Charles is set for a Fall 2019 release date in stores nationwide. The movie rights are already under option with a major studio (that starts with an “S”).

I asked Miranda for some inspirational thoughts about going from film/television writer to an author and she had this to offer, “Taking on a book is a huge challenge, but when you have such a talented writing partner like Ross on the journey with me is a blessing and the fact we get to work with the amazing Winterwolf team is icing on the cake.”

Miranda Spigener is a BFA Film Studies/Writing graduate of National Radio Institute/UT, Austin; debuted her thesis film True at L’Entrepot Cinema in Paris. She later directed the pilot episode of a PBS TV series Eat Art. Her documentary Walk On aired from 1999-2000 on TLC/Discovery Networks. She also directed a poignant PSA commemorating the Vietnam Moving Wall Project that aired on ABC/CBS/NBC and Cable. Later in 2001, Miranda directed/wrote the noir/fantasy Marisa Romanov which was part of the Official Shorts Selection of the 2001 International Venice Film Festival, earning Audience Choice and Alternate Selection at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival. This is the short that inspired the series and now spawned the prequel that has led to this book deal. Miranda is represented by David Kim, The Hollywood Lawyer and literary rep is Will McPherson, UTA.

Ross Gosla has received much critics praise recently from publications The Huff Post, Broadway World, The Los Angeles Times, Arts Beat LA and several top bloggers for his one-man show Desert Warrior: A Benghazi Story, which won the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival’s Producers Encore Award. Ross hails from Arizona where he received his B.A. in Theatre from Arizona State. Focused on acting he performed in over a dozen plays and student films. Beyond performing he served a year as Producing Director at the student run Prism Theatre. After college, he was a founding member of the performance groups Orange Theatre Group and Sindicated Productions. He also starred as the romantic lead in award-winning play The Flame. Ross will soon star as the lead in the feature film Intrigue (Ross is also writing this with Miranda who will be directing) and The Flame (adapted from the play), both slated to shoot 2018 as well as the narrator in the documentary Masculinity That Inspires Change for Amazon Prime, May 2018. Ross will direct the play Dealer’s Choice by Patrick Marber (Closer) Fall 2018 at the Complex Theatres.

This writer duo is also on fire and its exciting to see what all they have in store for us readers.

“I am very excited to be writing this book with Miranda and working with the Winterwolf team. I have a feeling Charles will be well received by audiences everywhere…may the Force be with everyone,” says Gosla.

I’m going to have to agree with you Ross, we at Buzzfeed are looking forward to getting an advanced copy of Charles and you can bet we will be binge watching Marisa Romanov once its out!



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