EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy have picked up feature rights to Boston Strong, I’ve learned. The forthcoming book by Casey Sherman and Boston Herald reporter Dave Wedge examines the city’s reaction to the fatal April 15 Patriots’ Day attacks at the Boston Marathon finsh line and the hunt for the siblings suspecting of carrying out the bombings. Surviving brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured on April 19 after a massive manhunt, much of which played out on TV. The book is being written and is scheduled to be published next year by University Press of New England. Michael Prevett of the Gotham Group, Adam Levine of Verve Talent and John Ivey of Altus Marketing & Management negotiated the Boston Strong deal between the respective writers.
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EXCLUSIVE: The partners at boutique agency Verve have set a high bar for promoting agents. This is the same gang that promoted assistant Zach Carlisle at partner Adam Levine’s house, where Carlisle was told to go to build a swing set on a hot summer weekend day. And before Carlisle got good news, he was subjected to a career intervention by partners Bryan Besser and Bill Weinstein, and then coaxed into a karaoke rendering of “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places.” When the Verve partners promoted Rob Herting, they enlisted clients and Red scribes Jon & Erich Hoeber and Summit production chief Erik Feig, and staged a bogus meeting forcing staffers to come up with a new title to pitch for the sequel.
So what did they come up with when they decided to promoted coordinator Melissa Solomon? Read More »
Verve has hired former Fineman Entertainment manager Felicia Bargman as a literary agent. At the boutique agency, she joins TV lit agents Amy Retzinger, who was named a partner over a year ago, and Zach Carlisle. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Literary agent Tanya Cohen has left Paradigm and joined Verve. “Tanya’s unique background, sophisticated taste, and passion for storytellers will make her another valuable member of our team,” the Verve partners said in a … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Weinstein has left ICM to join Verve. Weinstein, brother of Verve co-founder Bill Weinstein, is a motion picture literary agent who began his career at UTA and moved to ICM in 2009. His list includes … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran literary agent Aaron Hart is joining Verve, the agency just announced to its staff. Hart, who started at WMA, was most recently in ICM’s motion picture lit department. The partners confirmed the hiring and gave me this statement: … Read More »
Veteran TV director Ernest R. Dickerson has signed with Verve. He is among a number of former Gersh TV lit agent Amy Retzinger’s clients to follow her to Verve, where she joined as a new partner in January. Dickerson, … Read More »
Amy Retzinger & Rob Golenberg Exit Gersh
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Gersh TV lit agent Amy Retzinger, who left the agency last week, is joining boutique agency Verve. Retzinger will be a new partner … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Zach Carlisle, one of the original five who left WME to form Verve, was promoted Sunday from assistant to agent. These days, dealmaker-minting ceremonies are becoming more and more like Punk’d episodes, and the Verve partners really strung Carlisle … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Susco, who scripted the horror hit The Grudge and its sequel, has been signed by Verve. Susco most recently co-wrote and produced with Sam Raimi an untitled Ole Bornedal-directed horror film. Susco, who’d been repped by CAA, … Read More »
Verve, the upstart lit agency hatched by Bryan Besser, Bill Weinstein and Adam Levine in January 2010, today made its first agent promotion from within by giving Rob Herting his dealmaker stripes. They made it memorable, with help from Summit production chief Erik Feig. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Timur Bekmambetov has won a spec auction for Maggie, a script that sparked a spirited auction today, with six bidders. Bekmambetov will produce a film that has a script by John Scott 3, and vfx wiz Henry Hobson set … Read More »
Upstart talent and literary agency Verve was launched almost a year ago by three former Endeavor agents, Bill Weinstein, Bryan Besser and Adam Levine, who left WME several months after the Endeavor-WMA merger. Because of the trio’s pedigree – they … Read More »