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Understanding the Deal with Mark Gottlieb

Sep 28, 2022 | News | 0 comments



Mark Gottlieb is a highly ranked literary agent, both in overall deals and other individual categories. Using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers, he is actively building his client list of authors. Mark Gottlieb is excited to work directly with authors, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available at book publishing’s leading literary agency, Trident Media Group. Through his work at Trident Media Group, Mark Gottlieb continues to represent numerous New York Times bestselling authors, as well as major award-winning authors, and has optioned and sold books to film and TV production companies. He previously ran the agency’s audiobook department, in addition to working in foreign rights. In his free time, Mark Gottlieb tutors free English language classes to adults from low-income immigrant families, via the Literacy Volunteers program at Family Centers, a nonprofit organization offering education, health and human services. He is also the Founder and President of the Stamford Literature, Arts & Culture Salon (SLACS). Mark Gottlieb is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres and looks forward to bringing new and established authors to the curious minds of their future readers.


Trident Media Group (TMG) is a prominent literary agency in New York City dedicated to championing authors throughout their careers. Founded in 2000, TMG represents a wide range of bestselling and distinguished authors, as well as newly emerging authors. Our clients have won major literary awards and prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the P.E.N. Faulkner Award, the P.E.N. Hemingway Award, and The Booker Prize, among others.

Our diverse group of literary agents are skilled in all genres of fiction and nonfiction. With an eye toward innovation, our clients are supported by dedicated departments in all areas of rights and career management. TMG’s robust Foreign Rights Department leads the industry in sales of both fiction and nonfiction abroad. Our author services include Digital Media & Marketing, Business Affairs & Administrative services, and Film & Dramatic rights sales.


It’s every writer’s dream to see their writing adapted for the big screen, but how does one make strides toward that goal? This class will explore:

  • What Hollywood is looking for in terms of writing and writers they can collaborate with on a film or TV show.
  • How written works are typically adapted into screenplays for film/TV.
  • Ways in which Hollywood has moved away from the spec script market toward tentpole properties.
  • The structure of book-to-film/TV deals (shopping agreements vs. options vs. purchases/production credits).
  • Freezing rights during the film/TV deal and the rights studios typically expect to reserve.
  • The process of getting a film or TV show made and the writer’s role before, during and after filming.
  • What it truly means to have one’s work adapted for film/TV.
  • Ways in which literary agencies work with production companies, producers, managers, talent lawyers, talent agencies, etc.
  • How to keep the chain of title clear during the book-to-film/TV process.


  • Adapting writing for film/TV
  • Understanding the Hollywood marketplace and mentality
  • Changes in the landscape of book-to-film/TV
  • The structure of film/TV deals
  • Role of the writer in Hollywood productions
  • Knowing the benefits of a film/TV adaptation
  • The most productive ways to navigate the book-to-film/TV industry

I had the pleasure of listening to Mark Gottlieb on an episode of the Witty Writers Show, hosted by Beth Worsdell, where he frequents as a guest. Mark is a very knowledgeable literary agent, and provides useful information to authors around the globe. Many writers praise him for advancing their writing careers in a major way. To register for his upcoming workshop, visit https://writingworkshops.com/products/literary-agent-series-understanding-the-deal-on-book-to-film-tv-rights

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