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Acme sets Freiberg as agency lit leader

Exec to traditionalize vidgame, comicbook, athletic properties

This article was corrected on Apr. 21, 2002.

Literary agent Mickey Freiberg has joined Acme Talent & Literary as head of its lit department.

Expected to join him are clients such as authors Homer Hickam (“Rocket Boys”) and David Fisher (“The War Magician”), producers like Rachel Pfeffer (“Crazy/Beautiful”), whom Frieberg has only repped transactionally, screenwriters like Budd Schulberg and TV writers like David Chisholm.

Freiberg comes to Acme from a stint at Metropolitan Talent Agency, which he joined after resigning as a partner in the Artists Agency, where he worked for 19 years.

“We are glad that Mickey has found in Acme a home where he’s happy,” said Lisa Lindo, who with Adam Lieblein founded the agency nine years ago. “We are honored to have Mickey — someone with such experience and a distinguished client list — join our team. It’s already evident that the crossover potential of Mickey’s clients with our other departments is infinite.”

Freiberg just closed a deal with Disney for Pfeffer and Johnston’s feature comedy pitch “Pants on Fire,” about a man who lies about his occupations. Just last February, he inked a mid-six-figure pact with Radar Pictures for Patrick Lee and Bill Petrowich’s action-thriller spec script “Allegiance” to be produced by Petrowich and David Permut, with Permut Presentations’ VP Steve Longi to co-produce. (Freiberg repped the writers and producers.)

“They have some great material here,” said Freiberg of Acme. “They just needed some structure for it.”

As head of lit, Freiberg will integrate Acme’s videogame, comicbook and athletic endeavors with efforts in the more traditional book, film and television arenas.

Along with Frank Weimann of the Literary Group in New York, Freiberg also recently made a deal with St. Martin’s Press for former Grateful Dead road manager Steve Parish, who will write the story of his 35-year relationship with the late Jerry Garcia.