NEW YORK — Lynn Pleshette and Joel Millner, two veteran handlers of screenwriters and authors, have joined forces to form the Pleshette-Millner Literary Agency.

Pleshette, who founded her own agency in 1975 and has remained independent ever since, has set up a slew of films with screenwriters and acted as co-agent for high-level authors. She repped Jane Smiley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “A Thousand Acres,” which just wrapped production with director Jocelyn Moorhouse and stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange and Jennifer Jason Leigh; Andrew Niccol’s “The Truman Show,” which Jim Carrey is currently shooting under director Peter Weir; the Frank Parkin comedy “Krippendorf’s Tribe,” directed by Todd Holland and starring Richard Dreyfuss; and the Larry Beinhart novel “American Hero,” which was turned into “Wag the Dog” by David Mamet and is currently shooting with director Barry Levinson and a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Woody Harrelson.

She also reps screenwriters Barbara Turner (“Georgia”); Deena Goldstone (“Safe Passage”), currently adapting the John Hockenberry book “Moving Violations” for Phoenix Pictures; John McLaughlin; and Lawrence Wright, the journalist currently adapting his New Yorker article “A Rapist’s Homecoming” for Fox 2000. Wright’s script “Bang” is being developed at Fox by producer Lynda Obst and director Ed Zwick. Pleshette also represents novelist Scott Smith, and will try to set up his novel “A Simple Plan” again after it fell apart at Paramount.

Millner has a client list that includes screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer, whose credits include “Hard Target,” “Jackal” and “Virus”; Mark Verheiden (“Time Cop” and the ABC series spinoff); director George Hickenlooper (“Hearts of Darkness”); and writer Steve McKay (“Diggstown”). A graduate of the William Morris mailroom, Millner most recently headed his own management company. Before that, he spent four years at Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner and three years at Triad Artists. He was also head of literary at J. Michael Bloom & Associates.

They hope their union finds them a niche as an alternative to the larger agencies. “What we have in common is a very personal, thoughtful approach to the representation of writers and directors,” Millner said. Added Pleshette: “Together, we will provide a much-needed alternative to the large agency experience.”

Pleshette and Millner have made their first hire, naming Michael Cendejas junior agent.

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