Film lit topper departs after 7-1/2 years

Writers & Artists Agency’s motion picture literary topper Jim Stein has ankled the percentery for Innovative Artists.

“I had the wonderful opportunity to come to a company I’ve always admired as forward thinking,” Stein said, “and I was able to bring my terrific clients along with me.”

Those clients joining Stein at Innovative include actor/helmer Bob Balaban (“Gosford Park”); helmer Nick Castle (“Dennis the Menace”); Eileen Chaiken (“Dirty Pictures”); Jeff Fiskin (“Revenge”); Tim Metcalfe (“Kalifornia” and “Bones”); and Adam Simon (“Bones” and “American Nightmare”).

Stein joins a department that counts another former literary head in it’s ranks, Nancy Nigrosh, who formerly headed motion picture lit for the Gersh Agency.

Innovative owner Scott Harris said that “it’s that sort of maturity that I am looking for in a lit department,” and adding this was “only one of the ways we plan to grow the literary department and the agency.”

Prior to his 7½-year stint at Writers & Artists, Stein spent a dozen years as an agent at the William Morris Agency, where he was a veepee for two of those years.

“With the (Innovative’s) strong talent department, there is great opportunity to package here,” Stein said. “And of course the lit department has a great reputation. I am totally excited.”

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