October 1-15, 2004 Edition

Former Film Exec

and Editor Launch

of Artists Literary Group

New York, NY/09/16/04—Joe Veltre, former film executive and editor, has announced the establishment of a new literary agency, Artists Literary Group, LLC (ALG) in New York.

With a strong background in literary representation, including book and film properties, as well as in editorial and foreign rights, Veltre brings a unique breadth of experience to the profession. At Miramax Films he held positions as both a film executive and Editor-at-Large for Miramax Books. Prior to that, Veltre was senior editor at HarperCollins and St. Martin’s Press. Most recently, he was a literary agent at Carlisle & Company, where he also served as the foreign and film rights director.

Carlisle has regrouped under a new name, Ink Well, and has taken on several partners. Veltre, though apparently offered a partnership, said the timing was right for him to launch his own agency.

“I am very optimistic about the future of the book business and I look forward to utilizing my background to help maximize our client’s earning potential. ALG’s core mission is helping artists— from historians and journalists to novelists and celebrities—tell stories. We will stretch the boundaries of the traditional agent’s role, acting as our writer’s business partner, sharply focused on how their work can have the most impact across a variety of mediums,” Mr. Veltre said from his Union Square office.

Joining ALG as a Literary Agent is Diane Bartoli, formerly an editor at Dell Publishing (a division of Bertelsmann). She resigned her position at Dell to pursue her MBA from NYU and was subsequently hired by publishing conglomerate Reed Elsevier as an executive in strategy and market development. “With her strong editorial background and business acumen, Diane has a unique combination of talents that will make her a great agent for and asset at ALG. Her presence allows us to venture into new areas for agents including business development and consulting,” Mr. Veltre said.

ALG represents clients and projects in a variety of areas including commercial and literary fiction, genre fiction, mysteries and romance titles, general and narrative non-fiction, including biographies, academic and popular history, business, health and how-to titles.