WME Buys Literary Agency RWSG

Among the authors represented by RWSG are Paula Hawkins, Jeff Kinney and Jo Nesbo.
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WME-IMG CEOs Ari Emanuel (left) and Patrick Whitesell

WME has acquired the literary agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett (RWSG).

RWSG principals Sylvie Rabineau and Jill Holwager Gillett will be joining the agency as co-heads of WME’s Book to Film/TV division. Geoffrey Sanford also will join WME and continue to be based in New York. Liza Wachter is departing to pursue philanthropic and producing projects.

Founded in 2000, RWSG has helped bring a large roster of books to the screen, including the upcoming films The Girl on the Train and The Snowman and the upcoming TV project Berlin Station. Past films and TV projects include Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Leftovers and Olive Kitteridge.

Authors represented by RWSG include Megan Abbott, Roxane Gay, Sara Gran, Paula Hawkins, Denis Johnson, Jo Nesbo, Tom Perrotta, Gary Shteyngart, Olen Steinhauer, Elizabeth Strout, Tony Tost, Ayelet Waldman, Jeff Kinney, Jess Walter and Hanya Yanagihara.

RWSG also has a partnerships with Scandinavian agencies Salomonsson Agency and Ahlander Agency.

“This acquisition builds upon WME’s commitment to great storytelling and our love of books. With Sylvie and Jill at the helm, we are thrilled to extend our great resources to embrace the co-agent community,” WME’s Head of Books Jennifer Rudolph Walsh said Monday in a statement. “Sylvie and Jill are responsible for bringing some of the most iconic projects to the screen and we can’t wait to have them bring their vision, strategic thinking and expertise to WME.”

Added Rabineau and Gillett: “By joining WME, we are excited to continue working with storytellers across all media and having the exceptional resources, expertise and support of such an innovative and dynamic company.”
 

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