If not for a chance encounter in college, Josh Adler, a literary manager at Circle of Confusion, may be prepping taxes today instead of repping executives for Netflix’s “Narcos” and ABC’s “Black-ish.”
In his chance encounter, while studying to become an accountant, Josh made a friend whose cousin worked in the film industry. Josh realized his lifelong film passion could lead to more than a pipedream, and he asked to be connected with his friend’s cousin. The cousin helped him land an internship with Paramount, and the rest is half serendipitous history, half bold action and hard work: He completed the internship, finished school and then bought a one-way ticket back to L.A. He used his internship connections and started his career in feature film development, working for the legendary Robert Evans Company after “wandering” into the office and asking for a job. He then went onto feature film development for Gracie Films and Red Wagon Entertainment.
Now, Josh is a film and television literary manager at Circle of Confusion in L.A. He reps writers and directors across all genres, from Derek Kolstad (Writer/Creator of the “John Wick” franchise) to Neil Goldman (Co-Creator/Showrunner – CBS’s “Superior Donuts”). In the sphere of dramatic television, Josh represents writers including Andy Black, who is currently Co-EP on “Narcos,” and Dan Kay, whose “8 Fights – The Life of Muhammad Ali” was ordered to series by CBS All Access earlier this year. Other clients include Kit Steinkellner, Writer/Creator of Facebook’s dramedy “Sorry for Your Loss,” starring Elizabeth Olsen, and Kenny Smith, who is returning to “Black-ish” in its fifth season as Co-Showrunner.
Learn from Josh how writers and filmmakers can go about finding a good agent, as well as the mistakes to avoid in finding one (e.g., query letter mistakes) at the 2018 Seattle Film Summit.
If you want to do some serious number-crunching (had to work in an accountant reference somewhere), check out Circle of Confusions’ Management page.