Former Paramount “Book Whisperer” Patricia Burke Joins Gotham Lit Agency Lippincott Massie McQuilkin

EXCLUSIVE: Patricia Burke, long a champion of book-to-film adaptations as an executive at Columbia Pictures, Fox, Jaffe/Lansing and when she headed the Gotham office of Paramount Pictures, has joined the New York-based literary agency Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. Burke takes the post of Director of Dramatic Rights. She had most recently been with Inkwell Management.

Her job: to drawing upon LMQ’s rich trove of frontlist as well as backlist properties, including those of the many estates that came with LMQ’s 2012 purchase of literary agency Russell & Volkening. Burke will work both directly with studios and producers as well as in coordination with other co-agents on the West Coast. She is well suited for the job; for one thing she has the patience to blow the dust off those books and read them; and she has long been an unsung matriarch for film-centric books and the executives who chase them down for studios and producers. Many of the execs and scouts chasing books for movies worked for Burke at one time or another. Among the films she championed are Fatal Attraction, Forrest Gump, Nobody’s Fool, No Country For Old Men, Hugo, Into the Wild, Mystic River, and Kiss The Girls. Also on that list is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga book series; Burke got Paramount to acquire the book before it was anything, but the studio then let go of the series, which Summit Entertainment picked up and turned into a game-changing franchise. (more…)

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