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Shari Smiley Joining Jeff Berg’s New Agency

By | Sunday January 27, 2013 @ 11:15am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While former ICM chief Jeff Berg is still assembling the pieces of his new agency, we know he’s going to get started with a strong book-to-movie department. Shari Smiley has signed on to join the agency, rejoining former CAA colleague Rich Green. Deadline revealed Saturday that Green left CAA Friday to join Berg’s new shop.

Smiley has for the last year operated her own business, The Smiley Group. Before that she spent almost 19 years at CAA, rising from receptionist to agent. Like Green, her specialty is putting together movie deals from bestselling books. Since she has been on her own, the deals Smiley has made include the Fox deal for Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl, which had Reese Witherspoon attached and to which David Fincher is coming attached; Wild, the Cheryl Strayed bestseller that Nick Hornby is adapting for River Road and Witherspoon; and for client Quirk Books she has brokered film deals that include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, which is shaping up as a Fox property that Jane Goldman is scripting for Tim Burton to direct.

She worked closely at CAA with Green, who at that agency repped Grace Of Monaco‘s Arash Amel, Maleficent‘s Linda Woolverton, Rock Of Ages‘ Chris D’Arienzo, Mike LeSieur (the Black List script The Flamingo Thief which Will Ferrel … Read More »

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Vet Lit Agent Rich Green Leaving CAA For Jeff Berg’s New Agency

By | Saturday January 26, 2013 @ 1:49pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran lit agent Rich Green has left CAA, and he has joined the new agency being launched by former ICM chief Jeff Berg. The well respected Green has been there nine years, and his last day was Friday. Among the clients he worked with are Grace Of Monaco‘s Arash Amel, Maleficent‘s Linda Woolverton, Rock Of Ages‘ Chris D’Arienzo, Mike LeSieur (the Black List script The Flamingo Thief which Will Ferrel will star in) and authors like Sliver Linings Playbook‘s Matthew Quick, The Corrections‘ Jonathan Franzen, Fight Club‘s Chuck Palahniuk, Snow Crash‘s Neal Stephenson, The Discovery of Witches‘ Deborah Harkness and Interview with the Vampire‘s Anne Rice. It is unclear which clients might join him, at this point, as he tries to bring them over and CAA attempts to keep them in the fold.

Green joined CAA after a long stint at UTA, where he worked closely brokering book to movie deals with Howie Sanders. I will tell you more when I know it.

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