Recently departed Metropolitan Talent Agency lit agents Joel Gotler and Irv Schwartz have joined forces with longtime Irving Lazar associate Alan Nevins to form their own agency, Renaissance.In addition to the three principals, former MTA lit agent Mark Jacobson, who has worked for Gotler for the last three years, joins the team as well as three assistants. Gotler left MTA following the dissolution of the agency’s partnership between Chris Barrett and his former partners Jeffrey Benson and Richard Weston. As reported, Bettye McCartt left MTA within the last week, ending a decadelong relationship with Barrett. Barrett continues to run the full-service agency now as sole principal and president. Gotler, who handles such clients as Piers Anthony, Lucian Truscott IV, Greg Dinallo, Eric Hughes, Mel Frohman and director/producer John Nicolella, has negotiated such rights deals as Jack Englehard’s book “Indecent Proposal”; Laura Kalpakian’s novel “The Woman Who Loved Elvis” (ABC telefilm which starred Roseanne and Tom Arnold); Lawrence Sanders’ “McNally’s Risk”; Michael Connelly’s “Black Echo” (sold to Neufeld/Rehme) and John Jake’s forthcoming novel “Homeland” to the Wolper Organization/Warner Bros. Gotler also represents Shep Gordon’s Alive Culinary, Suzanne Finstad and Sidney Kirkpatrick. Schwartz’s clients include novelist David Stevens, “Family Feud” host Ray Combs, director Andy Cadiff, writer Jeff Lieberman, writer Stuart Ross, playwright/screenwriter Bill C. Davis, screen and TV writers Brian Taggert and Treva Silverman and director Marina Sargenti. Nevins brings to Renaissance such clients as authors Joan Collins, Nancy Austin, Rich DeVos, Bette Greene and Ray Coleman.
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