Leah Middleton, agent at Aitken Alexander, is joining Marjacq Scripts Ltd to take on a role as its in-house film and TV agent, starting at the end of March.
Middleton joined Aitken Alexander at the inception of its film and TV department, rising the ranks to take responsibility for all factual programming.
There will now be six main agents in Marjacq’s Holborn offices. Middleton will handle her own film and TV clients as well as taking on book-to-film and media opportunities for the agency’s expanding list.
Selected existing relationships will continue to be served by current external agents such as Marjacq alumnus Luke Speed at Curtis Brown, the agency noted.
Middleton said: "I am thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at Marjacq. I am passionate about helping writers see their work realised on screen, and can't wait to get started with Marjacq's hugely talented and ever- growing list."
She added she personally was on the look out for books, screenplays and factual proposals, in particular "investigative journalism, polemic, topical memoir, popular science/history, high-concept YA, historical fiction, and edgy comedy".
Guy Herbert, m.d. of Marjacq, welcomed Middleton whose appointment he suggested will help the agency, originally set up to look after TV scriptwriters, get back to its roots.
"It is vital for agents to be able to put together crossover book/media deals," he said. "We already have broad experience, but we are hugely lucky to get Leah. She has those skills in abundance, and will be a perfect fit for our friendly professional family. Marjacq was started to look after TV scriptwriters, so it is particularly good to be offering that service again in our 45th year in the business."
Middleton starts on 26th March and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.