Renaissance Literary & Talent is one of the most respected boutique agencies in Hollywood. We are a full service literary firm known for supplying material to New York publishers and the Hollywood film and television community. Our clients have won major recognition, from the Pulitzer, Emmy and Academy Award.
Owner and founder Alan Nevins began his career working for famed Hollywood agent Irving “Swifty” Lazar. In 1993, Alan co founded Renaissance with two other Hollywood agents. It acquired the backlists of the Lazar Agency and the H.N. Swanson Agency, thus giving Renaissance the enviable legacy of two of Hollywood’s top literary agents. In 2000, Renaissance entered into an affiliation with Michael Ovitz’s Artist Management Group and soon thereafter, completed one of the largest deals in publishing history, a $42 million, four book deal for author Tim LaHaye.
Today, Renaissance helps authors from all over the world share their stories. We represent fiction, nonfiction, and illustrated books. We also represent an extensive estate list of iconic Hollywood talent, from George Axelrod (Seven Year Itch), Eliza Kazan, Arthur Rubinstein and Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window). As a full service firm, we provide services including literary, foreign rights, brand sponsorships and merchandising. We also offer book to film services and have developed and produced film/TV properties with major studios and networks, such as the motion picture What to Expect When You’re Expecting, starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.
Our unique position as an independent firm in Hollywood allows us to provide literary services to clients who may already have other talent managers and agency representation.
Among the authors we represent are: Barbara Sinatra, whose touching memoir Lady Blue Eyes recounts her life and marriage to Frank Sinatra and remained on the NY Times Best Seller list for four weeks; Goldie Hawn, whose memoir A Lotus Grows in the Mud remained on the NY Times List for 16 weeks and whose recent book, 10 Mindful Minutes was also a NY times Bestseller.
Heidi Murkoff, author of the international best selling series, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, whose books have sold more than 36 million copies worldwide while remaining on the NY Times Bestseller List longer than any other book (600 weeks and counting), and for whom Renaissance developed and produced the major motion picture of the same title starring, among others, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez; Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas whose inspirational memoir hit stores in 2011; illusionist Criss Angel, whose book about his life in magic continues to be a success as a result of his hit Las Vegas show; Don Felder, former co founder and lead guitarist of The Eagles whose book about life in the fast lane landed in U.S. stores and on the NY Times List; and Tony Curtis, the legendary actor, whose memoir, American Prince, debuted at #18 on the NY Times Bestseller List.
We also represent Pulitzer Prize finalist and grandson of US President Dwight Eisenhower, David Eisenhower and his wife, daughter of US President Richard Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, and their memoir Going Home to Glory, an account of growing up on David’s grandfather’s farm; actress Marlee Matlin, whose memoir published by Simon Spotlight joined her three young adult novels in bookstores in April of 2009; Danny Seraphine, founder and former drummer of the music group Chicago, whose book Street Player was published in 2010; Ray Charles Robinson Jr., the eldest son of music legend Ray Charles and his touching memoir You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, a cathartic tale of a son confronting his father’s legacy; Snoop Dogg, the rapper and entertainer, who cowrote a novel with Renaissance client David E. Talbert, the award winning African American playwright; Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman whose highly anticipated memoir spent two weeks as #1 on the NY Times Bestseller List; Liz Murray, author of the inspirational memoir Breaking Night, A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, which was a bestseller and whose success led to a Renaissance produced Lifetime Movie;
Renaissance also represents Steven Saylor, NY Times Best Selling author of the internationally acclaimed historical Roman mystery Roma Sub Rosa series (Twist at the End, Have You Seen Dawn?); Rita Rudner, comedian and comic novel writer (Tickled Pink) whose non fiction book I Still Have It, I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It landed in stores in early 2008; Richard K. Morgan, one of the United Kingdom’s leading sci fi writers (Altered Carbon, Market Forces); Ruben “Doc” Cavazos, whose memoir as the former International President of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, (described by the FBI as the nation’s most dangerous gang) was published 2008; Film and TV client Dale Brown, author of sixteen sequential NY Times best selling novels (Dreamland, Air Battle Force); Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, mega selling international authors of seven NY Times best selling books (including Is Paris Burning?, Fall From Grace, Oh Jerusalem!, Black Eagles); Bette Bao Lord, the best selling author of Spring Moon, Legacies and Middle Heart; and Kirk Douglas, who now has five non fiction titles, three novels and two children’s books to his credit (Climbing the Mountain, My Stroke of Luck).
Additionally, we represent Lorna Luft for her autobiography, Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir and made the subsequent deal for the Emmy award winning mini series; Larry Flynt for his memoir, for which Alan Nevins wrote the Afterword; Patricia Hearst and Cordelia Biddle for their novel Murder at San Simeon; Malcolm Cook MacPherson, author of nine books including The Race for the Atomic Bomb and his Simon & Schuster novel, Deadlock; Don Wolfe, whose book The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe shook up the international publishing scene; and Susan Donnell (Pocahontas). Renaissance represented the Road to Tara Museum, when it discovered an unknown manuscript, Lost Laysen, by Margaret Mitchell whose Gone With the Wind is the most successful novel in history. The short novella was sold worldwide for more than $1.5 million. Renaissance was also responsible for the publication of The Doors: A Pictorial History by the members and families of the band.
Other clients include children’s author Lin Oliver and her hugely successful NY Times best selling series Hank Zipzer, penned with Henry Winkler; Michael Curtis Ford, a writer of historical fiction; Helen Gurley Brown, legendary editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years; Carrie Gerlach, author of the underlying novel for the short lives TV series, Emily’s Reasons Why Not; Fieldy, the bass guitar player for the band Korn, whose memoir appeared in stores in March 2009; iconic actress Ali McGraw; and Sean Ferrer Hepburn and the Estate of Audrey Hepburn (An Elegant Spirit, Audrey Treasures).
On the list are numerous other authors, such as the respected British writer Wendy Holden (also known as novelist Taylor Holden), who has penned eight successful biographies, including Tomorrow to be Brave with Susan Travers, the only woman to ever serve in the French Foreign Legion; Behind Enemy Lines with Marthe Cohn; and Memories are Made of This by Deana Martin, the daughter of Hollywood legend, Dean Martin.