The Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner Agency is in talks to acquire literary boutique Renaissance Talent & Literary Agency. The two firms would merge staffs of their Los Angeles offices.
BKWU declined comment, but sources said the deal was likely to close in the next 60 days, although there were still some hurdles to cross.
Renaissance and BKWU have had an informal alliance over the past few years, and the former has handled many publishing and book-to-film deals on behalf of BKWU clients including “X-Files” creator Chris Carter. Last fall, Renaissance prexy Joel Gotler brokered a seven-figure deal for Carter to pen two original novels for Bantam.
Since opening its doors in 1993, Renaissance has snapped up two of Hollywood’s most storied literary agencies. In 1994, Renaissance bought the H.N. Swanson Agency and followed in early 1995 with the acquisition of the Irving Paul Lazar Agency.
If the deal goes through, Renaissance will give TV powerhouse BKWU increased visibility in the publishing world and a strong connection to authors around the world.
Renaissance was formed six years ago by Gotler and partners Irv Schwartz and Alan Nevins. That trio and Steven Fisher round out the company’s agent corps. (Brian Lipson recently ankled the banner to join the Endeavor agency.)
BKWU, which also has an informal “strategic alliance” with Sanford-Gross & Associates, was founded in 1978 and has become a major player repping TV writer-producers and directors including Carter, James Burrows, Barry Kemp and Chuck Lorre. The 20-agent firm’s motion picture department also reps feature writers including Gerald DiPego and director Andy Tennant.
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Lit agents Adam Shulman and Brant Rose have ankled the Agency for the Performing Arts to form their own literary boutique, the Shulman-Rose Agency.
Under the new Century City-based banner, the duo will continue to rep writers, directors and producers, including Academy Award-winners Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) and Jessica Yu (“Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien”).
The reps informed APA management Tuesday evening, and though the agency was caught off-guard by the news, APA prexy Jim Gosnell told Daily Variety, “We wish them well and we’re happy for them.”
It’s understood that Shulman and Rose may collaborate with APA in the future on TV projects, but no agreement is in effect at this time.
Shulman, a former attorney, had served as vice president in the motion picture lit department at APA since 1995.
Rose joined APA in 1995 and also represented film and TV writers and directors.
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Actor Kyle Maclachlan (“Blue Velvet,” “Dune”) has signed with International Creative Management. Maclachlan, who continues to be managed by Industry Entertainment, recently wrapped Michael Almereyda’s indie update on “Hamlet.”
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Director John Asher — who recently directed the Total Film Group/Miramax pic “Diamonds,” which stars Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd and Jenny McCarthy — has signed with the Gersh Agency. He continues to be managed by James/Levy/Jacobson.
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Actress Marley Shelton (“Pleasantville”) has signed with ICM. Shelton next can be seen in Fox 2000’s “Never Been Kissed,” which she follows with New Line’s “The Bachelor.”
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Sibling filmmakers Roko and Adrian Belic have signed with Innovative Artists Agency. The San Francisco-based duo shot the documentary “Ghengis Blues,” which won the audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Innovative also signed directors Doug McHenry (“Jason’s Lyric,” “House Party 2”) and Zalman King (“The Red Shoes Diaries,” “Wild Orchid”). King continues to be managed by Conrad Riggs.