We are a London-based literary and talent agency representing best-selling authors, actors, screenwriters, playwrights, directors and TV presenters.
Curtis Brown was founded in 1899 by Albert Curtis Brown, an American newspaper correspondent based in England, who fell into the role of agent almost by accident when a chance social encounter led to him brokering the publication of The Vineyard by John Oliver Hobbes in London’s Pall Mall Magazine. Today Curtis Brown represents many of the world's best-selling and award-winning authors and talent working in the film, television, theatre and radio industries.
In the twenty first century, following a management buy out in 2002, Curtis Brown re-positioned itself in the UK agency market, consolidating its leading position in literary representation while diversifying with an acting department and also significantly enhancing its presenters and theatre, film and television, literary and below the line departments.
In 2008, Curtis Brown joined forces in a co-agency venture with one of the biggest agencies in the US, ICM, to represent their authors worldwide (excluding America). In March 2013 Curtis Brown completed full ownership of leading literary agency C+W Agency who share Curtis Brown's offices in Haymarket, London. Founded in 2000 as Conville & Walsh, C+W are a leading international literary agency who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors.
Curtis Brown was acquired by Original Talent in 2016 as its first and flagship acquisition; the Original Talent group now includes C&W (formerly Conville & Walsh) , Cuba Pictures, Ed Victor Ltd, Curtis Brown Creative, Open Book Productions, Tavistock Wood and Markham Froggatt and Irwin.
Curtis Brown Clients
Among our writing clients are playwrights, journalists, scientists, activists & humorists writing narrative non-fiction, memoir, political & current affairs, popular science and popular culture non-fiction, as well as novelists writing literary & commercial fiction, women’s fiction, and historical fiction. Other clients include renowned TV, film and stage actors, popular television personalities and a raft of talented screenwriters and directors for film and television. Our clients include recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Galaxy Book Award, Booker Prize, BAFTAs, National Television Awards, RTS Awards and many other prestigious literary and media honours.
We offer agency expertise to book authors, actors, comedians, directors, playwrights, producers and TV presenters. We also handle UK and translation rights for our authors and those represented by our international partners including International Creative Management (ICM) in New York, Gelfman Schneider USA, Curtis Brown Australia and PQ Blackwell.