BREAKING: New York-based Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents has under its banner authors including Jeffrey Deaver, Tracy Chevalier, David Nicholls, David Rabe, Chris Bohjalian, Carolyn Hart, Meg Gardiner, Alan Lightman, Madison Smartt Bell, John Burdett, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Glen Duncan and Evan Hunter/Ed McBain. The alliance with ICM Partners just announced today will see the formation of a new entity, Gelfman/Schneider/ICM Partners, with the agency co-signing authors and journalists and also repping film, television and media rights from the rich library of titles now at its disposal. ICM’s Media Rights Department has had plenty of success in this realm, brokering deals for such projects as Steve Jobs, Lincoln, No Country For Old Men and Sex And The City. Gelfman Schneider will keep its offices on Seventh Avenue, with ICM Partners’ agents down the road in their Fifth Avenue HQ doing the deals. The pact comes after ICM Partners gained a foothold in the D.C. publishing arena via a similar alliance with Raphael Sagalyn’s The Sagalyn Agency in November, which melded Sagalyn’s nonfiction author list and ICM’s list to that point dominated by fiction authors.
Several Gelfman Schneider titles have been adapted into film, TV and theater properties including Deaver’s The Bone Collector and A Maiden’s Grave and Chevalier’s Girl With A Pearl Earring. The literary agency also represents the estate of Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, the latter of which is in development at Warner Bros. ICM Partners’ author and journalist clients already include Thomas Friedman, Patricia Cornwell, Walter Isaacson, Chris Cleave, Jeffrey Toobin, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Vince Flynn, Caroline Kennedy, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Ina Garten, Anna Quindlen, Carl Hiaasen, E.L. Doctorow, Katherine Boo, Anthony Swofford, John Feinstein, Candace Bushnell, Ann Patchett, Jennifer Egan and Steve Martin.