Brit lit agent crosses the Pond

Harris joins Rabineau, Wachter & Sanford

Lit agency Rabineau, Wachter & Sanford has added the name Harris to the door, after London-based AP Watt agent Nick Harris joined the boutique as partner.

Harris has moved to Hollywood and brought more than 30 writer and director clients with him.

The six-year-old agency has established itself with a book department that has brokered underlying rights deals for such movies as “About Schmidt,” “The Ice Harvest,” the Todd Field-directed “Little Children” and the Christopher Nolan-directed “The Prestige.”

At AP Watt, Harris regularly worked with the agency in co-repping such books as “Clockwork,” the Philip Pullman tome that sold to Universal, and “The Few,” the WWII drama Michael Mann and Tom Cruise are jointly developing.

The agency will continue to rep books with AP Watt and other European companies that will expand through Harris’ contacts.

He also brings in a roster of writers and directors from Britain and India, including commercials director Luke Scott (son of helmer Ridley Scott); Peter Morris (who’s adapting a Roald Dahl short story collection for Robert Altman); Gareth Lewis (writer-director of indie pic “The Baker”); “On a Clear Day” director Alex Rose; and Rupert Wyatt, who’s about to direct his script “The Escapist.”

“This move is something I’ve wanted for quite some time, and I reached a point in my career and found a place where it felt comfortable,” Harris said. “Starting out, a large percentage of my business will continue to be in the U.K. and Europe, which are wonderful sources of talent for this agency. I hope to continue to have a strong link to Europe and create new relationships here.”

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