Richard Scrivener to join the Board of the Bright Agency as a Non-Executive Director
It was announced today that Richard Scrivener of The Creative Rights Agency is to join the Board of the Bright Agency as a Non-Executive Director with a special responsibility to develop the company’s portfolio of film, TV and merchandising rights. Scrivener is acknowledged to be an industry-leading expert in the publishing media sector, having worked at Penguin for 10 years where he initiated many successful film/tie-in programmes. Then subsequently as Scholastic’s UK Publisher he oversaw the relaunch of Horrible Histories and Templar Publishing as commercial director, where he managed a highly profitable Ology licensing programme, and concluded four movie option deals with different Hollywood studios, prior to the company’s sale to Bonnier.
“I’m incredibly excited to be working with Bright,” commented Scrivener. “As an agency it brings a compelling combination of brilliant artistic and writing talent, alongside a unique, innovative and entrepreneurial approach to rights management led by Vicki Willden-Lebrecht. The media landscape is changing beneath our feet, but as an agency I feel Bright is brilliantly positioned to exploit all the opportunities this new market has to offer.”
Bright’s MD and Founder Vicki Willden-Lebrecht said, “I’m delighted to have Richard on board to work alongside and to evolve this exciting new division. He’s one of the best, and nicest people in the business and shares my ideals of artists being creatively valued and respected throughout the transmedia journey, as well as financially rewarded fairly. Bright has retained full rights in some, if not all, of our most successful author illustrator books. I always bring in people with greater expertise to make new ventures happen. Richard’s first slate will be working on Supertato (by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Simon & Schuster), Rex and Friends – both written and illustrated by award winning author illustrator Yasmeen Ismail, by Bloomsbury. As well as Benji Davies Stormwhale series by Simon & Schuster and our debut author illustrator and winner of this year Waterstones Children’s Book Award for the Illustration category, The Bear and the Piano, by David Litchfield for Frances Lincoln.”