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‘Ivy’ grows at Fox

Studio unit buys Morris TV agent's manuscript

“My Ivy Walls,” a book manuscript written by William Morris agent Chris Fenton, has been optioned by Fox 2000 for Diamond Heart Prods.

Leslie Morgan, who runs Fox 2000-based Diamond Heart, will produce along with “Good Will Hunting” producer Chris Moore.

An agent in the Morris office’s TV packaging department, Fenton penned the manuscript while he was attending Cornell.

Once he arrived in Hollywood, Fenton gave the manuscript to a few people, including Moore, whom he had met on the basketball court and who helped Fenton land at William Morris. As Fenton was making his way from the mailroom to his own desk, the book continued to change hands, eventually ending up in those of Matt Luber, a VP of development at Diamond Heart. Luber likely will receive a producing credit on the project.

Described as dark and edgy, the story follows the protagonist through four years of college. While Fenton would love to now snag a publishing deal to accompany his film pact, he says he has no desire to adapt the material or continue a writing career.

“I love being an agent,” Fenton told Daily Variety. John Burnham and Gaby Morgerman, Fenton’s colleagues at Morris, and manager Seth Jaret repped the agent-scribe on his deal.

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