Tue, 17/03/2009 - 16:04
Macmillan is hoping to emulate the success of Puffin's Young Bond series with three books about a Young Sherlock Holmes. Rebecca McNally, fiction publishing director has acquired world rights for the titles from Robert Kirby of United Agents, who was representing both the author Andrew Lane and the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...
Fri, 20/02/2009 - 14:48
United Agents has signed book deals with Simon & Schuster, Headline and Bloomsbury, for titles that are scheduled to be published in early 2010.
Kerri Sharp, commissioning editor at Simon & Schuster, has bought the rights for ex-City trader Venetia Thompson's memoir. Sharp acquired UK, Commonwealth and EU rights to Gross...
Mon, 20/10/2008 - 11:16
The distinguished literary agent Pat Kavanagh has died. Kavanagh, who was one of the agents to leave Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (PFD) for United Agents last year, represented a high-profile list of authors including Joanna Trollope, Robert Harris, John Irving and Andrew Motion.
She also represented Julian Barnes, to whom she was married...
Mon, 14/07/2008 - 06:55
What any literary agent worth his salt needs in 2008 is a classic author with form: famous, prolific and deceased within the past 70 years, reports the Times. In recent months, the literary estate - the body of work belonging to a dead author - has suddenly and unexpectedly become big business.
PFD appointed a single agent, Marcella...
Tue, 24/06/2008 - 14:39
PFD is suing its former directors over payments totalling £853,000, former parent company CSS Stellar has confirmed. The figure was included in a financial statement put out by CSS, which showed that it wrote off £6m from the value of the company following the departure of a number of its agents.
According to the statement...
Mon, 23/06/2008 - 08:23
PFD's new chairman Andrew Neil says that he wants £750,000 from rival agency United Agents. In an interview with the Independent, Neil also adds that he does not intend to do a deal over the agency's backlists. "My first job is to get my money back," he says of UA, adding that many of the outstanding legal issues can...
Thu, 17/04/2008 - 14:42
PFD has been ordered to pay £125,000 to one of its former agents, after losing the first of 19 pending employment tribunal cases.
The verdict went in favour of Duncan Hayes (pictured), who represents comedy performers and writers including Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. He was one of the 12 agents dismissed by PFD parent group...
Mon, 07/04/2008 - 12:56
United Agents made its first appearance at Bologna and did good business, with a German auction burgeoning for The Wolf of Will Wolfkin, a first teenage novel from Steve Knight (screenwriter of the next Narnia film), and two offers from Italy on the table for Sophie McKenzie's new thriller Blood Ties.
Fri, 04/04/2008 - 07:26
Some authors formerly represented by PFD have asked publishers to start rerouting their royalty payments to breakaway company United Agents. But PFD c.e.o. Caroline Michel has warned authors and publishers against the move. "These are dangerous waters," she said. "Any such diversion of moneys by a client is a clear breach of...
Thu, 03/04/2008 - 14:57
In their first interview since leaving PFD, the United Agents Books team tell The Bookseller how the extraordinary saga has changed them, and about their plans for the UK’s largest-ever start-up agency.
"The inmates are taking over the asylum". So declared Metro Pictures chief Richard A Rowland when he heard that Mary...