Are you looking for a list of literary agencies for screenwriters?
Below, we’ve featured 15 top literary agencies that also represent screenwriters.
Founded in 1992, Paradigm Talent Agency is renowned for discovering and promoting talented artists. Their offices are located in Europe, Canada, and the US, and they have an experience of over 30 years in the field.
They have several branches in which they provide services, respectively music (new signings, corporate & private bookings, and college & university bookings), film and TV, brand partnerships, book publishing, comedy, and voiceover. The film and TV section is comprised of the talent, literary, alternative programming, international rights, and media rights divisions.
In terms of book publishing, they produce volumes that fit the standards of journalism, memoir, food and lifestyle, humor, adult and children’s fiction, and others. Their clients also include independent and traditional writers, and they are open to submissions for both fiction and non-fiction.
Thus, they are interested in both screenwriters and authors. If you want to collaborate with them, feel free to contact them here.
2. ICM Partners
ICM Partners is a company with the expertise of a legacy agency, as they have extensive experience in the business. They represent content creators, authors, artists, journalists, and artisans, and their offices can be found in the US (Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles) and in the UK (London).
The areas in which they are specialized are television, motion pictures, publishing, concerts, theater, brand entertainment, production arts, and broadcasting. Among actors and directors, screenwriters are also some of their clients. Their book publishing branch is thoroughly developed, as they are looking for fiction, non-fiction, and self-help book writers, journalists that work with newspapers and magazines, writings that have potential when it comes to film and television adaptations, as well as for international works that are worth translating.
If you want to find out more, their contact information is available here.
Founded in 1977 by Don Buchwald and five associates, Buchwald is an industry leader when it comes to talent representation. They have offices in Los Angeles and New York, and they are now a full-service company that treats every project with passion, determination, dedication, and perseverance.
The areas in which they provide representation are broadcast, film, theatre, television, literary, personal appearance, feature film packaging, emerging talent, branding/digital, syndication, and a few others. In short, their services are available for both screenwriters and book authors, but not exclusively.
They do not offer any details regarding submission vacancy. Thus, depending on the department which you’re interested in, you can contact them here for additional information.
A renowned US agency, Gersh can be found in both New York and Beverly Hills. Their range of clients includes award-winning writers, actors, producers, and production talent in new media, branded content, film, and stage.
With a vast experience in the entertainment industry, the company now has several full-service departments, respectively alternative, books, branding, film finance, literary, personal appearance, production, talent, theatre, and others. Their book department represents academics, self-help authors, historians, novelists, and journalists. However, they are also interested in materials that can be used in feature and television.
If you are a talented book author or screenwriter, you may receive the chance of working with them in the future. Although they do not accept unsolicited manuscripts at the moment, you can still reach them here.
A UK-based agency, Blake Friedmann was founded in 1982 by merging the Carole Blake Literary Agency with the Julian Friedmann Literary Agency. Their main goal is that of representing the most proficient writers and directors across all genres, as they do not wish to simply promote projects, but rather talented individuals.
They have two main departments – books and media. Therefore, whether you’re a screenwriter or an author, you can still be a subject of their interest. In terms of clients, the screenwriters and writers/directors of Blake Friedmann earned numerous awards, among which we can name BAFTAs, Emmys, and a Palme D’Or.
If you would like to send them a manuscript, make sure that you first read their Submission Guidelines – however, they no longer accept manuscript submissions for books, so the doors are currently open for screenwriters exclusively.
Marjacq is a full-service literary agency founded in 1974 in the UK. It is currently a member of the Association of Authors’ Agents, and they guide authors through every step of the process, from editorial guidance to long-term career management.
Their interest consists of works that fit the standards of fiction and non-fiction, for children, young adults, and adults. Whether you’re writing full-length books or TV and original screenplays, they are eager to read your submission. However, they do not accept poetry, musical theatre, picture books, and plays.
If you’re interested in working with them, you can find their guidelines here, along with their contact information – Leah Middleton is the literary agent who represents screenwriters (commercial fiction and non-fiction), so, as long as this is your area of expertise, you will most likely collaborate with her.
The MBA team has gained extensive experience in the fields of film, theatre, radio, and television, thus managing to build numerous partnerships and relationships with numerous industry professionals. They now work with top literary and film/TV agents from Canada, New Zealand, and the East and West Coasts of America.
They are interested in collaborating with aspiring and established authors, scriptwriters for film, TV, and radio, and theatre playwrights, as they are specialized in both media and publishing. In terms of publishing, they provide editorial, publicity, rights, and marketing services for fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books writers.
However, if you are a screenwriter, you will have to wait a while before trying to reach them – since they aren’t accepting unsolicited manuscripts for film and television, you can only contact them if you want to send a book submission. For this, their contact information is available here.
A London-based agency, Peters Fraser + Dunlop connects its clients with the right partners from the media. These clients include authors, journalists, broadcasters, and others. Their works of film, television, radio, literature, public speaking, and journalism are renowned in the UK, along with the works from many other fields.
They have three main departments which are specialized in books, TV, film & stage, and broadcasting. When it comes to the first category, they accept submissions of novels and non-fiction projects, which need to include a full synopsis, among other specifications. Unfortunately, they do not accept unsolicited material from scriptwriters, directors, and playwrights at the moment. However, if you are referred to one of their agents by a producer, course tutor, or development executive, you can reach the agent directly.
If you need any additional information, feel free to contact them here.
Meridian Artists is an agency founded in 2005, which now has offices in Los Angeles and Toronto. They serve clients across all North America, and they provide full-service representation in the entertainment industry for screenwriters, authors, directors, actors, and key creatives.
Thus, they operate four distinct divisions, respectively the literary, books, key creative, and talent ones. Luckily, they accept submissions from screenwriters at the moment. If you would like to send them your work, the script has to be written in professional screenwriting software and submitted in PDF format. One sample is sufficient, as they will ask for additional material later on.
The Submission Guidelines differ from one category of clients to another, but you can find them all here.
10. The Talent House
With an experience in the entertainment industry of over 35 years, The Talent House is a member of the Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada. They are located in New York and Toronto, thus being able to collaborate with leading casting directors and producers from North America. The agency currently has Broadway performers and artists at the Stratford and Shaw festivals as well.
Their areas of expertise are categorized in the following departments – theatre, film and television, commercial, voice, creatives, literary, and youth. When it comes to the literary department, only book authors are currently at advantage, as they do not accept unsolicited scripts. Therefore, if you are searching for literary representation, you can submit a package labeled “Literary Department”, which includes a one-page synopsis and a resume.
If you decide to collaborate with them, their Submission Guidelines are available here.
Jane Cameron and Richard Harper founded Cameron’s Management in 1976. In the early 1990’s, after literary agent Rose Creswell became a part of the team, the company also included The Cameron Creswell Agency, which was regarded as their ‘behind-the-camera’ division.
They now represent writers, actors, presenters, directors, cinematographers, designers, editors, composers, and book authors from the film, television, publishing, and live performance industries.
Unfortunately, although they work with both screenwriters and book authors, they no longer accept book manuscripts as of March 2019, and their doors are currently closed for screenwriters and playwrights as well.
For more information, you can access this page.
Besides composers and visual artists, Golvan Arts Management also represent writers of fiction and non-fiction, scripts, children’s books, poetry, and plays.
Thus, they are interested in scripts for film, theatre, and television, and in books that fit the genres mentioned previously.
In terms of submissions, they have specific rules – you need to include background information regarding the author and the publisher, producer, or about any other purchaser that is interested in buying rights for your work. You also have to add a short written description of your project. Do not send the complete manuscript – not even multiple sample chapters. It is important to let them know about past submissions as well (if you have sent the manuscript to another agent, or if publishers or producers have refused it).
13. The Agency
A UK-based agency, it represents all types of writers and directors from the film, theatre, and television industries. This means that they aren’t looking for already established professionals – aspiring writers and directors are just as important, as long as they are talented.
Besides their preference for scripts, they also have a separate department for children’s books, and you can find out more about it by accessing this page.
Every member of the team is carefully presented on The Agency’s website, so, before contacting them, you can read the credentials of each one to make sure that they are the appropriate choice for your work. You can do that here.
Once you make a decision, their contact information is displayed online – unfortunately, unsolicited material is no longer accepted, so you will need to be recommended by a producer, a development executive, or course tutor.
A successful agency, David Higham Associates was founded in 1935, and it now represents writers of both fiction (commercial and literary) and non-fiction. They have services that cover all media and languages, and they are renowned for their children’s books and illustrations.
They have a distinct department for film, theatre & TV, where they are permanently looking for prolific writers who are able to provide original and scripting material for new media, stage, and screen. Thus, they normally accept submissions from dramatists and screenwriters, as long as they are accompanied by recommendations from development executives, producers, course tutors, and others as such. In short, you will need someone to introduce you, as they do not read unsolicited manuscripts.
For additional details about submissions, make sure to check this page.
15. Curtis Brown UK
Albert Curtis Brown founded the company in 1899 – ever since, it has become a renowned literary agency which represented numerous famous figures during the twentieth century. Among them we can name Winston Churchill, Samuel Beckett, and D. H. Lawrence.
Curtis Brown UK is specialized in books, comedy, original audio & podcasts, as well as in theatre, film, and TV. In terms of books, they accept novels and non-fiction projects, science fiction, and fantasy. The Submission Guidelines are available here.
If you’re a screenwriter, you can also find the general guidelines online – you will have to complete a form that includes a cover letter, a synopsis, and sample material. No links to third party websites are accepted.
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