Brillstein Hires Genre Vet Kailey Marsh and Acquires Her Brand BloodList

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The management/production company will turn the annual rundown of the most-liked horror and dark genre screenplays and pilots into a production entity.

Brillstein Entertainment Partners is getting into the spooky business, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The management/production company has hired genre veteran Kailey Marsh, and also acquired her BloodList brand. Like a genre-focused version of the Black List, BloodList was created by Marsh in 2009 and is an annual rundown of the most-liked horror and dark genre screenplays and pilots. Twenty-three percent of its scripts have been produced, including the Oscar-nominated Arrival as well as The Shallows, The Black Coat's Daughter, The Voices and Before I Wake. In 2016, Marsh launched the Fresh Blood Initiative, which allows unrepresented screenwriters to submit their work without cost to be considered for the Fresh Blood section of the annual list.

Brillstein will expand BloodList into a production banner that will have a slate of film and television projects in 2019.

"Kailey's entrepreneurial spirit has brought BloodList to life and turned it into an industry standard for finding new voices in [a] dark genre," Brillstein manager David McIlvain said Wednesday in a statement. "Kailey and her talented clients are a great addition to Brillstein as we continue to expand our genre business."

For the past five years, Marsh has run Kailey Marsh Media, which represented screenwriters and directors across film, television and new media, and she also is co-executive producer on the new horror series Light as a Feather, which premiered Oct. 12 on Hulu.

"Brillstein is a phenomenal home for my clients and me," Marsh said in a statement. "I'm a longtime horror fan, and the opportunity to build out the BloodList brand into a production entity alongside a storied company like Brillstein is a dream."