Kill Switch

Kensington Publishing Corp. announced today that KILL SWITCH, the highly-anticipated debut novel by award-winning television producers Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene, is now in early development as a major motion picture. Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl is attached to star in the film, which will be produced by Kevin McCormick with Katherine and Nancy Heigl via their Abishag Productions.

On sale December 13, 2011, KILL SWITCH is the first in a series of high-concept suspense novels by Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene, the producers behind the hit television dramas “Law & Order: SVU,” “ER” and the new CBS show, “A Gifted Man.” It introduces the unforgettable character of Dr. Claire Waters, a brilliant, young forensic psychiatrist who will be played by Katherine Heigl. With her unnervingly personal insights into the criminal mind, Claire is drawn to the rare “untreatable” patients who seem to have no conscience or fear. She believes that by understanding what motivates violent criminals, she can help prevent them from committing further crimes. But one shocking case could make or break her career—and it’s waiting for her in the psychiatric wing of New York City’s Rikers Island.

KATHERINE HEIGL became a box-office sensation starring first in Judd Apatow’s smash hit comedy, Knocked Up, followed by a starring turn with Ed Burns and James Marsden in 27 Dresses, and then opposite Gerard Butler in the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth, which she also executive produced. These earned Heigl “Female Star of the Year” honors at the 2010 ShoWest awards. In December 2011, she stars in Gary Marshall’s New Year’s Eve opposite Jon Bon Jovi, and in January she will star as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in One for the Money, which she executive produced via her production company Abishag. Under the Abishag banner, she will star in The Knitting Circle for HBO Films, executive producing the project with her mother and producing partner, Nancy Heigl. Abishag also just announced that they will partner with Lakeshore Entertainment and CBS TV Studios to executive produce an original series, Trending, for The CW Network. Heigl recently completed filming The Wedding with Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton. Her additional film credits include Life As We Know It, Killers, The Ringer, critically acclaimed King of the Hill and My Father the Hero, opposite Gerard Depardieu, her film debut.

KEVIN MCCORMICK is President of Langley Park Pictures. Currently, he is producing The Gangster Squad starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone. He began his career at the Robert Stigwood Organization in London, working on such films as Saturday Night Fever which he executive produced, Grease, Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar. He went on to be involved as an executive in such films as Tim Burton's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Perfect Storm and The Last Samurai. With former roles as the Executive Vice President of Production at Fox 2000 and the President of Production at Warner Bros., he formed his own company as a producer in 2009, with a deal at the studio. McCormick’s extensive credits include the upcoming Gangster Squad and The Lucky One, as well as Arthur, Hard Ball, The Town, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (both films), Lucky You, The Assassinations of Jesse James, ATL, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp and Syriana.

NEAL BAER, whose writing is informed by his distinguished medical background, is a master at creating inimitable, timely, gripping dramas. A Harvard Medical School graduate, he is the Executive Producer of the new CBS series, A Gifted Man. Previously, he was Executive Producer and showrunner of the NBC television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. During his 11-year tenure, the show won 6 Emmys and 24 Emmy nominations, regularly ranking among the Top 10 television dramas in national rankings. Prior to SVU, Baer was Executive Producer of ER, which it became the longest-running primetime medical drama in American television history, receiving a record-breaking 124 Emmy nominations. Baer lives with his family in Los Angeles.

JONATHAN GREENE was writer and Co-Executive Producer on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for 11 years. Previously, he was a producer and executive in television news and documentaries, and is a recipient of the DuPont-Columbia Award. He is presently a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the new CBS series A Gifted Man starring Patrick Wilson. A native of New York, Mr. Greene now lives with his family in Los Angeles.

Kensington Publishing Corp., located in New York City, has had many New York Times bestsellers, including: Without Mercy by Lisa Jackson, Closer Than Blood by Gregg Olsen, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max, and Christmas at Timberwoods by Fern Michaels. Kensington’s other notable New York Times bestselling authors include Kevin O’Brien, John Gilstrap, Joanne Fluke, and Carl Weber. Established in 1974, Kensington is the foremost independent publishing house in the United States to publish in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market. Kensington has many sweeping and diverse imprints, and they are well known for popular thriller, true crime, mystery, women’s fiction, African-American titles, young adult fiction, gay fiction, nonfiction, and Western titles. Visit www.kensingtonbooks.com.