Anderson tapped by Swanson

H.N. Swanson Inc. has hired Jim Anderson to spearhead in-house script development for the boutique literary agency.

The appointment marks a return to Hollywood for Anderson, who started as an assistant to International Creative Management chairman Jeff Berg.

He later was an executive at Paramount Pictures and worked on HBO’s “Vietnam War Story” series and for producer Jerry Weintraub. He postponed his Hollywood career two years ago to work on President Clinton’s campaign.

“I started several weeks before the New Hampshire primary,” said Anderson, who credits the hard work by the Clinton campaign for the margin of victory. “There’s a lesson in that for the business as well.”

The appointment lands Anderson at one of Hollywood’s oldest literary firms. The agency was established in 1934 by legendary Hollywood literary agent H.N. (Swanie) Swanson, who at one time represented a lion’s share of screenwriters in Hollywood as well as literary giants F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie.

H.N. Swanson continues to represent the literary estates of a number of Swanie’s clients, including James M. Cain, John O’Hara, W.R. Burnett and Cornell Woolrich. Agency president Thomas J. Shanks said Anderson’s duties will include internal development of “estate properties.”

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