The New York Observer’s Felix Gillette does a decent enough job summarizing the salient points of Richard Abate‘s recent court battle with ICM (even though most of us have, you know, moved on, which also likely explains why Abate declined to comment for the piece) and even though it’s essentially rehash, Gillette does make one good comparison between Abate’s troubles in joining Endeavor and the Gersh Agency’s recent foray into representing books:
If Mr. Abate’s struggles to open up a book division for Endeavor show off everything that can go bitterly wrong when the New York publishing world gets tangled up with the Hollywood movie culture, then Ms. Wender’s move to Gersh demonstrates all of the potential upside of such cross-continental partnerships….Overnight, by bringing Ms. Wender on board, Gersh established a formidable presence in New York. By teaming up with a well-connected L.A. agency, Ms. Wender can now offer her clients great access to screenwriting and directing opportunities in Hollywood.
And Gersh’s move is likely a harbinger of things to come as Hollywood is increasingly attracted to book projects for adaptations.
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