Literary and talent tenpercentery Paradigm has promoted agent Valarie Phillips to head of the feature lit department. In her new role, she will oversee all day-to-day activities of its half-dozen agents and the implementation of future growth plans of the department.
Philips has been with Paradigm since its inception; her clients include Ehren Kruger, who wrote the upcoming DreamWorks pic “Ring” as well as “Arlington Road” and “Scream 3”; novelist-screenwriter John Scott Shepherd, whose credits include “Joe Somebody,” the novel “Henry’s List of Wrongs” (recently published by Rugged Land Books) and the upcoming New Regency release “Life, or Something Like It”; and exec producer Neal Baer (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “E.R.”).
“I am continually proud and challenged by my colleagues,” said Phillips. “I am eager to help us grow and move forward while maintaining the same values that helped shape me as an agent.”
Phillips graduated from film school at UC Santa Barbara.
Paradigm prexy Sam Gores praised her for having “accomplished an impressive level of growth in feature lit at Paradigm” and added that Phillips “has demonstrated strong administrative and leadership skills, as well as being a member of the team that leads Paradigm’s agent trainee program.”
Phillips’ other clients include Neal Marshall Stevens (“13 Ghosts”); Gregg Chabot and Kevin Peterka, writers of the upcoming Spyglass release “Reign of Fire”; Todd Robinson, writer/co-producer of “White Squall” and writer-creator of ABC/20th Television’s pilot “Astronauts”; actress-producer Heather Juergensen (“Kissing Jessica Stein); writer Roger Schulman (“Shrek”); scribe Dustin Abraham (“How High”); and director Patrick Lussier (“Dracula 2000”).