Television literary agent Elizabeth Newman is leaving CAA after nearly 15 years to join Fox 21 Television Studios.
Newman is set to become Vice President of Development at Fox21, part of Disney TV Studios, and she will report to President Bert Salke.
Newman will develop programs for all platforms, as well as identify talent and ideas for series. She'll work closely with agents and network, cable and streaming execs to shepherd projects through the development process from inception to production order.
Newman has represented television writers, directors, and producers, as well as authors and intellectual property for scripted series adaptation since she became an agent in 2005.
During her time at CAA, projects she worked on included Nashville, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Two Broke Girls as well as forthcoming shows such as NBC's Council of Dads, Starz' Hightown, Netflix's Away, Showtime's The President Is Missing and Apple's Swagger. She has represented writers on Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, FX's The Americans and Pose, Netflix's Mindhunter and The CW's Riverdale.
She has sold television projects on behalf of playwrights and creators including Martyna Majok, Eve Ensler, Alexander Dinelaris, Matthew Lopez, Eduardo Machado and Kyle Jarrow, and brokered dramatic rights deals for authors such as Anne Rice, James Patterson, T.C. Boyle, Mitch Albom, Elin Hilderbrand, Gary Shteyngart, Pierce Brown, Michael Cunningham, Rebecca Traister, and Matthew Desmond as well as negotiating television deals for CAA clients such as activists Janet Mock, Dan Savage, Senator Barbara Boxer, and musician Carrie Underwood.
Newman’s move from the agency world to the studio side comes as the major U.S. talent agencies remain in a standoff with the Writers Guild of America, which in April ordered its members to fight their agents.
“We've worked with Elizabeth as a seller for a number of years and believe she will bring a whole new element to our already strong team at Fox 21,” said Salke. “She is incredibly smart and entrepreneurial, has phenomenal taste and her relationships with writing talent are second to none.”
Newman added, “I am thrilled to be joining the outstanding team at Fox 21, the studio behind many of the most bold and visionary series on television. I am a huge fan of their shows, and have always admired their support for creators and projects that define and reflect our times. After many wonderful years at CAA, I am excited to bring my experience as a passionate advocate for storytellers and talent into this new role.”
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox TV is developing an adaptation of Michael Arceneaux's memoir I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce with Jerrod Carmichael, Lee Daniels and Marc Velez.
Deadline understands that the project is set to hit the cable and streaming market as a half-hour series.
The book, which was published by Simon & Schuster in July 2018, is a collection of 17 autobiographical essays from Arceneaux. The deal comes as Arceneaux’s second book, I Don't Want to Die Poor, an essay collection which chronicles his struggles with private student loans and economic anxiety, is published today April 7 by Simon & Schuster.
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Arceneaux will adapt and executive produce alongside Carmichael, and Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment. UTA brokered the deal on Arceneaux's behalf.
The book looks at life in today's America with Arceneaux learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite, leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned. He discusses coming out to his mother, growing up in Houston, Texas, being approached for the priesthood, his obstacles in embracing intimacy that occasionally led to unfortunate fights with fire ants, and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams.
Arceneaux is represented by UTA, Jermaine Johnson at 3Arts, attorney Loan Dang, and Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett. Carmichael is represented by UTA and attorney PJ Shapiro at Ziffren Brittenham. Daniels is represented by WME, Alex Kovacs at Untitled Entertainment, and attorney Matthew Levy at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.