Artist Int'l acquires Sleeping Giant Ent.

Giant owner Dave Brown to head film, TV lit departments

Artist International has acquired Sleeping Giant Entertainment and installed Giant owner and CEO Dave Brown as president of Artist's motion picture and TV lit departments.

Brown will fold his management firm into that of Artist International, a subsidiary of Hollywood Studios International, overseeing its current management clientele of screenwriters and television and film directors.

He will work with recent hires Eric Christenson, Hollywood Studios International's president of acquisitions and distribution, and CFO Marcia Allen to develop a slate of client-generated projects that can be financed internally.

"Dave brings years of expertise and an uncanny hands-on approach to our company, and we are excited he has joined our team," said Steven Saxton, chairman and CEO of Hollywood Studios International.

Brown founded Sleeping Giant in 2006 after leaving Benderspink. Prior to that, he held posts at agencies Bruce Brown and Genesis and got his start at Writers & Artists.

He brings with him such clients as James Manos Jr., Jon Amiel, Victor Salva, Adam Torchia, Ken Nunn, Zenoscope Entertainment and several projects in the works including the black comedy "Love, Scotch and Death" and the crime thriller "Criminal Empire for Dummies."