Saunders to top APA’s feature literary dept.

Exec's 'ability to spot under-appreciated talent' rewarded

David Saunders has been upped to head of the motion picture literary department at Agency for the Performing Arts.

Saunders, who has been with APA since 1991, also serves as a senior vice president at the agency.

Saunders personally reps such writers as Jeff Arch (“Sleepless in Seattle”), Bruce Feirstein (“Tomorrow Never Dies”), Peter Filardi (“The Craft”), Paul Guay (“Liar, Liar”), Ross LaManna (“Rush Hour”), Mitch Markowitz (“Good Morning, Vietnam”) and Dan O’Bannon (“Total Recall”).

In his new post, Saunders will continue reporting to APA prexy Jim Gosnell and will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of the feature lit department. The other agents in the department are Steve Fisher and Jewerl Ross in Los Angeles and Deborah Skelly in APA’s New York office.

“We are excited about David’s promotion because he has always shown an ability to spot under-appreciated talent and focus in on the element that breaks them through to the next level,” said Gosnell. “We hope in his new position he’ll be able to share that experience with other agents as well.”