UTA TV literary agent Elise Henderson is leaving the agency for a job as head of the television division of Nicholas Sparks Productions. Sparks, who is a UTA client, and his publishing agent and creative partner Theresa Park launched the company in April with a two-year, first-look deal at Warner Horizon Television. Henderson will oversee all development of series and other TV projects based on Sparks’ novels. “We are absolutely thrilled by Elise’s decision to shepherd our brand-new television venture,” Sparks said. “Her energy, skills and wide-ranging industry relationships are already yielding incredible opportunities for NSP in the world of television.” Henderson joined the TV lit department of UTA in 2009. Before that she was a rising TV agent at William Morris Agency but was caught in the wave of layoffs following the WMA-Endeavor merger. “Elise will be a terrific steward of the Nicholas Sparks brand in television,” said Jay Sures, managing director of UTA, “She’s been a great part of the UTA team, and fortunately it won’t feel like she has traveled far.”
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