'Third act' for former WME, UA and PFD agent, who began his career in theatre
Simon Trewin, a prominent figure among London literary agents for 25 years, has set up his own agency. Simon Trewin Ltd will represent "authors, brands and entrepreneurs in the areas of art, culture, digital, literature, and live events".
Trewin has been partner at WME for the past six years. Before that he was at United Agents, having set up the firm with a group of colleagues who left Peters, Fraser & Dunlop in 2007. He has been secretary of the Association of Authors' Agents, and is a trustee of the Arvon Foundation. Before becoming an agent, he worked in the theatre.
His authors at WME included Clare Bennett, Sam Blake, John Boyne, Dr Harry Cliff, Mary Costello, A A Dhand, Chloe Esposito, Victoria Finlay, Sarah Maria Griffin, Steven Hall, Claire Kilroy, Paul Lynch, Keith Lowe, Alyson Mennuti, Andrew Miller, Laline Paull, Agnes Poirier, Jessica Ruston, Matthew Sweet and Jake Woodhouse.
Trewin said: "This year I celebrate my silver jubilee as an agent and it seemed the perfect opportunity to hang my own name outside the door. Selfishly I want a third act now that benefits from all the exposition and character development of the first two - expect thrills, spills, some familiar faces, lots of fun and some plot twists!
"This is also a chance to return to my roots in the entertainment industry and I am looking forward to making live events, theatre and film production part of the mix of my new endeavour. I have authors who I would go to the wall for and they will always be my first priority but I can’t wait to get to work on seeing what else is out there too. This is a challenging time in the marketplace but there are so many opportunities if one is open to knocking on unfamiliar doors - I am full of curiosity and energy and am determined that 2019 is going to be my best year ever."
Tracy Fisher, head of global rights at WME, said: "We deeply appreciate Simon's years of service as a creative thinker and multi-disciplinary strategist and we look forward to co-representation of many of his writers in the international publishing space as well as film and TV rights."