EXCLUSIVE: Gersh has hired Joseph Veltre to become head of its book department, where he will broker publishing deals and sell books for film and TV. Veltre had spent the past six years running The Veltre Company, and he’ll bring all his clients with him when he joins the Gotham Gersh office on February 1. Veltre’s author clients include Steve Amick (The Lake), Taylor Antrim (The Headmaster Ritual), Jessica Blank (Almost Home), Bob Friel (The Barefoot Bandit), Robyn Harding (Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis), Stephanie Klein (Straight Up and Dirty), Alison Pace (Through Thick and Thin), Jason Pinter (The Mark), Matthew Polly (American Shaolin), David Treuer (The Translation of Dr. Apelles), and Lauren Willig (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation).
Phyllis Wender continues at Gersh, where she had been brokering publishing deals. Veltre fills a void left by Sara Self, who made all the book to movie deals for the agency before she left. Before starting his own company, Veltre had been director of development for Miramax Films and editor-at-large for Miramax Books, and before that was an editor at HarperCollins and St. Martin’s Press. “I’ve been admirer of the agency for years, and this is a great opportunity,” Veltre told me.
Gersh recently bolstered its lit ranks by acquired boutique agency Hohman Maybank Lieb, and it solidified its independent film distribution/finance department by making Jay Cohen a partner and pairing him with producer Jennifer Dana.