Endeavor has gone prospecting for literary properties north of the border, landing an exclusive deal to rep Random House of Canada worldwide in all areas of entertainment.
Deal is first of its kind for a Canadian publisher, said Random director of rights and contracts Jennifer Shepherd, and it reflects the house’s increasing efforts to pursue the theatrical and multimedia rights that are often controlled by an author’s agent. The strategic importance of such a deal is potentially higher in Canada, where until recently, fewer authors were repped by agents.
“Publishers haven’t traditionally gone after these sorts of rights and sold them properly on their authors’ behalf,” Shepherd said. “That’s where we want to take a huge step forward.”
Major film properties
Random House of Canada, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann, is the Canadian publisher of such major film properties as “The English Patient,” “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Felicia’s Journey.” It has recently compiled an impressive track record of placing its books in international markets, selling the first novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald, “Fall on Your Knees,” in 17 countries and the Communist China memoir, “A Leaf in the Bitter Wind,” in eight.
Endeavor was repped in the deal by Jon Slan, president of Sammat Pictures, who will continue to play an agent and consulting role for both companies in the Canadian market.