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“My work as a literary agent began at the inception of a story idea all the way through the finished product then strategically marketing it.”

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As head of the Literary Department at the Gersh Agency and a team member of both the Literary and Talent departments at Innovative Artists, Nancy represented Academy award winning and Academy nominated writers and directors including:

Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Barry Morrow (Rain Man)
Julie Delpy (Before Midnight & Before Sunset)
Peter Bogdanovich (Last Picture Show)
Richard Boyle (Salvador)
Mark Rydell and Ernest Thompson (both for On Golden Pond)

Innumerable clients’ success earned them Golden Globes, WGA Awards, Emmys, DGA Awards, SAG Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Sundance Awards and the Cannes Palm D’Or. Notable among them:

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 (Dumb & Dumber)
Leon Capetanos (Down & Out In Beverly Hills)
George Cosmatos (Rambo)
Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals)
Leslye Headland (Bachelorette)
Robert Caswell (Something The Lord Made)
William Mastrosimone (Into The West) and Stuart Beattie (Pirates Of The Caribbean).

Nancy not only has an eye for talent, but also has the ability to develop it. When she signed Stuart Beattie, he was an unknown screenwriter, working as a waiter at The Stage Deli. He was referred by a producer she knew and trusted, and Beattie had won UCLA Extension’s screenwriting competition and Nancy saw superstar potential. She asked Beattie to write two ‘spec’ scripts. The first, Lords of The Sea, about contemporary high seas piracy, though aggressively marketed, did not sell, but attracted the attention of producers and studios and resulted in Nancy pitching Beattie to Disney to write Pirates of The Caribbean. The other spec, Collateral, sold to Dreamworks. Michael Mann directed the film that starred Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.

  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.

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