Busy week for AMG

Agency signs slew of scribes and helmers

As industry insiders slept late over the holiday Monday, managers at AMG were quietly signing an array of new clients.

Michael Ovitz’s shop is rapidly expanding into new areas of packaging, production and content delivery. “As a content provider and a representation company,” said Stephanie Davis, head of its motion pictures lit department, AMG “is attracting writers whose interests span fields ranging from animation to television, books and film, as well as the emerging Internet market.”

Director Sandy Bookstaver, a former assistant to Jeffrey Katzenberg, whose 36-minute short, “Scriptfellas,” has led to a job directing an episode of “The Others” for Steven Spielberg, came on board just before Christmas in a deal repped by Nick Reed and Todd Feldman at ICM.

This week, AMG signed Al Reinert, co-writer of “Apollo 13,” who is co-writing the Fox TV Mars project miniseries for Jim Cameron. A founding editor of Texas Monthly, Reinert left CAA before approaching Ovitz’s shingle.

Also new is Burr Steers, an actor (“Last Days of Disco”) and a nephew to Gore Vidal and Jackie O, who is in negotiations to direct from his own script “Igby Goes Down,” a feature in the vein of “Catcher in the Rye.” Burr was repped in the deal by Marti Blumenthal at Writers and Artists.

Tuesday afternoon, AMG signed the writing team of David Kukoff and Matt Roshkow, whose Low Concept Prods. has projects in development across town, including “Clockstoppers,” which they’re re-writing for Paramount and Dreamworks, and “Munchies,” which has a May start date at MGM.

“The process of packaging a movie has changed overnight,” said Kukoff and Roshkow, who remain clients of Paradigm’s Valarie Phillips and Matt Bedrosian. With its Internet and TV divisions, they said, AMG “has its finger on the pulse of new technology.”

AMG managers Shawn Hopkins, Doreen Wilcox, Lindsay Williams, David Brewington and Jonathan Baruch had key roles in bringing the new clients into Ovitz’s fold.

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