As head of the Literary Department at the Gersh Agency and as a team member of both the Literary and Talent departments at Innovative Artists, Nancy not only had an eye for talent, but also the ability to develop it.

“A producer I knew and trusted referred a screenwriter who’d won UCLA Extension Writers’ Program screenplay competition. The writer, Stuart Beattie, was an unknown – and working as a waiter –  but I saw superstar potential, and signed him. I asked Stuart to furnish two ‘spec’ scripts. The first, Lords of The Sea, about contemporary high seas piracy, attracted the attention of producers and studios, and resulted in my selling Stuart to Disney to write Pirates of The Caribbean. The other spec, Collateral, sold to Dreamworks, and was turned into the Tom Cruise/Jamie Foxx film directed by Michael Mann. For his role in Collateral, Jamie Foxx was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, while the year before, Johnny Depp received a Best Actor nomination for his role in PiratesAll told, innumerable clients earned Academy Awards or nominations – for Golden Globes, WGA Awards, Emmys, DGA Awards, SAG Awards,The Peabody Award, Independent Spirit Awards, and countless festival honors, including Sundance and Cannes’ Palm D’Or”.
                                                 Notable among them:
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Barry Morrow (Rain Man)
Julie Delpy (Before Midnight & Before Sunset)
Bill Phillips (Christine)
Peter Bogdanovich (Last Picture Show)
Richard Boyle (Salvador)
Mark Rydell and Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond)
Lorenzo Semple Jr. (The Parallax View)
John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and The Angry Inch)
Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said)
Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy)
Amanda Brown (Legally Blonde)
Amy Holden Jones (Indecent Proposal)
Richard Wesley (Mandela and De Klerk)
Kathleen Rowell (The Outsiders)
Mary Agnes Donohue (Beaches)
Don Jakoby (Arachnophobia)
Al Magnoli (Purple Rain)
Joan Chen (Xiu,Xiu)
Tricia Brock (The Walking Dead)
Rosie Shuster (Saturday Night Live)
Mario Van Peebles (BadAss)
Mike Cerrone (The 3 Stooges, Dumb & Dumber To)
Leon Capetanos (Down & Out In Beverly Hills)
George Cosmatos (Rambo, Tombstone)
Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals)
Leslye Headland (Bachelorette)
Robert Caswell (Something The Lord Made)
William Mastrosimone (Into The West)
Stuart Beattie (Pirates Of The Caribbean)


An MFA alumna of UCLA’s Master Screenwriting program, Nancy serves as a judge for UCLA’s annual Master Screenwriting Competition. She also holds an MA in Education and teaches at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and is a frequent contributor to Indiewire and The Hollywood Journal.

More links:
IndieWire articles
Hollywood Journal
A personal piece in the LA Times