Verve Signs SXSW ‘Honeymoon’ Helming Team Leigh Janiak & Phil Graziadei

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 3:01pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Honeymoon__140327164557-275x154EXCLUSIVE: Hot off their SXSW debut Honeymoon, the filmmaking team of Leigh Janiak and Phil Graziadei have signed with Verve. The film, which Janiak directed and Graziadei wrote,  played strongly at the festival and Magnolia Picture’s genre label, … Read More »

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SXSW: Helmer Of German Hit ‘Fack Ju Gohte’ Bora Dagtekin Inks With Verve

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 4:51pm PDT

F*ck You, Shakespeer Fack Ju GohteEXCLUSIVE: Boutique agency Verve has signed German writer-director Bora Dagtekin, whose hit comedy feature F*ck You Shakespeer (Fack Ju Gohte) has been burning up the German box office since its debut last fall. Elyas M’Barek (The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones) stars as a bank robber who disguises himself as a substitute teacher to recover stolen money buried beneath a newly constructed high school. The raunchy, politically incorrect comedy produced by Rat Pack Filmproduktion and distributed by Constantin Films has grossed over $72.7M US to date in Germany and earned Dagtekin comparisons to The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips. Dagtekin’s previous hits in Germany include the acclaimed 2006 comedy series Turkish For Beginners (Türkisch für Anfänger), which ran for three seasons and nabbed awards including an International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nomination. F*ck You Shakespeer lead M’Barek also starred on that show as well as its hit 2012 film adaptation, which Dagtekin scripted and co-wrote. Verve is in Austin showing F*ck You Shakespeer around this week at SXSW. Check out the NSFW trailer: Read More »

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Verve Promotes Chris Noriega To Agent

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 9:28am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Chris Noriega has become the fourth assistant at the 4-year-old noriegaboutique literary agency to be promoted to agent. Per Verve tradition, Noriega was given the news via an elaborate prank, in which he was led to believe that he … Read More »

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‘Fighter’ Scribes Option Upcoming Book On Boston Marathon Bombing

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 1:27pm PDT

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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Verve Promotes Melissa Solomon To Agent; As Usual, The Partners Are Clever About It

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 7:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

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 »

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Felicia Bargman Joins Verve As TV Lit Agent

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Lit Agent Tanya Cohen Leaves Paradigm, Joins Verve

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 4:59pm PST

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 »

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Lit Agent Adam Weinstein Joins Verve

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 1:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Adam Weinstein VerveEXCLUSIVE: 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 »

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Verve Hires Lit Agent Aaron Hart

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 2:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

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 »

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Verve Signs TV Directors And Writers

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 8:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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TV Lit Agent Amy Retzinger Joins Verve As New Partner

By | Monday December 5, 2011 @ 11:40am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Verve Ups Zach Carlisle From Assistant To Agent, But Makes Him Work For It

By | Monday August 22, 2011 @ 5:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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 »

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‘The Grudge’ Scribe Stephen Susco To Verve

By | Tuesday June 28, 2011 @ 10:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

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 »

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Verve Makes Agency’s First Dealmaker Promotion With Help Of Summit’s Erik Feig

By | Friday April 1, 2011 @ 3:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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 »

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Inventive Zombie Spec ‘Maggie’ Acquired By Timur Bekmambetov

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 7:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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 »

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Agency Verve Expands Into TV With Sales

By | Wednesday December 8, 2010 @ 6:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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