Stepping up efforts to mine literature for new projects, New Line Cinema has created the new internal position of Literary Scout, and the company has tapped Jake Bauman, formerly of Chernin Entertainment, for the job.

JakeBauman will serve as the studio’s primary liaison with the publishing industry, and in that capacity will identify book-to-film opportunities alongside New Line’s existing outside literary agency. Based in New York, he’ll work with New Line’s creative team on all literary acquisitions and development.

Bauman served in the same capacity at Chernin, where he sourced titles including Enter Helen, the biography of Helen Gurley Brown that is currently in development at Fox 2000. Prior to that, he was at Penguin where he published film and television tie-in editions, among them 12 Years A Slave, Argo, Les Miserables, and Too Big To Fail. He began his career as a story editor for producer Laura Ziskin, followed by stints at The Weinstein Co. and Rob Weisbach Creative Management.

Bauman will expand on New Line’s history of adapting literature for the screen which includes The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit film series, The Notebook, and Sex And The City. The company’s next lit project is an adaptation of Me Before You, based on Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel; the co-production with MGM is scheduled for release in 2016.