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'Next generation' steps up at Curtis Brown
30.05.12 | Charlotte Williams
Curtis Brown has restructured its top management, with c.e.o. Jonathan Lloyd moving to the role of chairman of the agency, while Jonny Geller becomes joint chief executive officer alongside theatre, film and TV agent Ben Hall.
Geller and Hall will chair a management board of senior agents across the departments, with Colin Lewis joining as finance director. Geller, named Literary Agent of the Year at the 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards, will remain head of the agency's books department.
Lloyd said: “After 17 years of running the day-to-day goings on, it’s the right time for the next generation of the company to step up.”
The agency, which covers books, translation rights, theatre, film and TV, actors and presenters, is also putting in place a new share ownership scheme, meaning that all agents will have "a shareholding of some degree", said Lloyd. Previously just six agents had a shareholding. Lloyd said: "The crucial thing, as ever, is to attract and retain the highest quality of staff. It is generous and far-sighted, and it makes people even more bound in to the future of the agency."
The agency is also planning to "broaden the scale" of Curtis Brown Creative, the agency's creative writing course, which is headed by Anna Davis. Lloyd said more details were to follow on that in the next month, though he said: "It's been hugely successful, and there is a lot of scope for us to expand that in all kinds of different directions."
The agency has also made further investment in its production company, CUBA.
Lloyd said: "In the ten years since the current team took ownership of Curtis Brown we have enjoyed considerable success, increasing our business threefold and attracting clients and staff of the highest quality. Today's changes build on that success and lay the foundations for the next ten years of owner-managed growth."
Lloyd said there is chance the agency could move from their current offices on Haymarket, central London, with the position to be reviewed when the lease comes up on the space at the end of next year.
Lloyd added: "We're firing on all cylinders, and we're making up new cylinders as we go along."
These changes follow recent management changes at other agencies. Conville & Walsh promoted Jake Smith-Bosanquet to the role of m.d. in April. Earlier this month Aitken Alexander made Andrew Kidd m.d., saying: "Over the last four years the agency has grown considerably, opening branches in New York and Delhi, and broadening our scope with new agents to handle YA and cross-over fiction and more commercial fiction and non-fiction. Having had a strong financial year in 2011/2012 it seems like a good moment to put the management of the company in new hands."