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Dardis joins APA as motion pic lit veep

Justen Dardis, who most recently headed the literary department at Susan Smith & Associates, has joined Agency for the Performing Arts as a VP in the motion picture literary department.

In his new post, Dardis will continue to represent his roster of writer and director clients that includes Diane Drake, whose spec script “Him” just sold to TriStar for $ 1 million, and Elisa Bell, whose “Thirty Wishes” was recently set up at Universal with Michael J. Fox set to star and direct.

France a client

Dardis’ other clients include screenwriter Mike France, whose movie for Carolco “Cliffhanger,” starring Sylvester Stallone is due out through TriStar in late May; and Nick Cassavetes, who is set to direct own screenplay “Unhook The Stars” for Odyssey Entertainment.

Commenting on Dardis’ appointment, Stuart Miller, head of APA’s literary department and cohead of the agency’s West Coast office, said: “Justin is a superb addition to the staff. His skills as an agent and as a negotiator have helped rewrite the rules for writers and directors.”

Dardis joined Susan Smith & Associates three years ago and prior to that worked at The Agency for about a year and a half.

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