Bookouture has appointed The Artists Partnership to represent its authors for film, stage and TV.
Emily Hayward-Whitlock, who heads up the book to film department, and Sarah Vignoles, associate agent at The Artists Partnership, will take on the e-book publisher’s clients.
The Artists Partnership is an international agency representing actors, screenwriters, playwrights, directors and book to film, and work with its sister company, The Development Partnership, linking those resources with producers and broadcasters.
The company represents actors including Idris Elba, Joseph Fiennes and Emily Blunt, and recent deals include adaptations of Pure (Unbound) by Rose Cartwright, currently shooting with Channel 4, H is for Hawk (Vintage) by Helen MacDonald to Plan B, Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Borough Press) by Gail Honeyman to Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and a project being specifically devised with an author by the Development Partnership for Kim Cattrall.
Peta Nightingale, head of talent at Bookouture, said: “I love the traditional way that Emily and Sarah work, and the goals of The Artists Partnership in matching talent with great projects mirror everything we’re trying to achieve at Bookouture.
“Keeping this under our own umbrella was key to our publishing ethos, and we couldn’t be happier that such a smart, hard-working team with the best industry contacts, will be working to add value for our authors on rights that we were previously unable to utilise.”
Hayward-Whitlock said: “We are very excited to be working with Bookouture. The range and breadth of material is amazing and they’re so forward thinking in their approach to storytelling which fits perfectly with the film and TV industry’s huge appetite for material.”
Bookouture was founded as a start-up commercial fiction e-book publisher in 2012 founded by Oliver Rhodes and became part of the Hachette empire in March 2017. The company has seen rising sales over the past few years.