In a shakeup at Paramount’s New York literary affairs office, VP of lit affairs Patricia Burke has retired, and the office will be run by her deputy, Aimee Shieh.
Burke, who established Par’s Gotham outpost and ran it for 17 years, will become a consultant for InkWell Management.
While many studios have opened and closed New York outposts or used part-time scouts, Paramount has had the longest-running operation.
The office has given the studio early looks at and coverage of many properties that became movies, including “The Kite Runner,” “Into the Wild,” “Nobody’s Fool,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “The General’s Daughter,” “Zodiac” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”
Burke came to Par with former studio chair Sherry Lansing, for whom she worked at the Jaffe/Lansing production banner. There, Burke was involved in developing “Fatal Attraction,” “The Accused” and “The First Wives Club.”
Burke will take the title of director of dramatic rights at InkWell, the lit management firm run by Michael Carlisle, Kimberly Witherspoon and Richard Pine. Burke will represent InkWell’s lit properties to the movie business.
“Working at InkWell will allow me to continue to do what I love the most — to read a book while envisioning its movie,” Burke said. “I’ll have the luxury of reading an InkWell client’s newest work, as well as the many backlist titles for Hollywood to consider. I also hope to attract new writers and interesting projects to the agency.”
InkWell’s Pine said: “Movies sell books, and our goal is to have the highest book-to-film ratio in the business. Patricia’s enthusiasm, resilience and contacts are first rate, and we are certain our clients will benefit enormously from the focus and energy she will bring to the presentation of their work to agents, managers, producers, studios and networks.”