Verve Hires Veteran Agent Valarie Phillips

Verve has hired longtime agent Valarie Phillips. The news comes just two weeks after the agency brought on non-fiction agent Jacy Schleier from CAA.

Phillips, who brings more than two decades of agency experience to Verve, was most recently co-head of the motion picture literary department at A3 Artists Agency. She previously spent two decades at Paradigm Talent Agency, where she started as an assistant and worked her way up to department head.

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Phillips brings several writers with her to Verve, including Greg Erb and Jason Oremland (“Imaginary”), Guy Busick (“Abducting Abigail”), Tory Kamen (“Eleanor the Great”) Charles Leavitt (“Those Who Wish Me Dead”), Anthony Jaswinski (“The Shallows”) and Shiwani Srivastava (“Wedding Season”).

Directors Andy Tennant (“The Kominsky Method”), Tom Dey (“Wedding Season”), Sasie Sealy (“Lucky Grandma”), Todd Robinson (“The Last Full Measure”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) will also follow Phillips to Verve.

Throughout her career, Phillips has consistently demonstrated a keen eye for discovering and nurturing talent, previously working with Nzingha Stewart (“Daisy Jones & the Six”), Eric Tuchman (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Ehren Kruger (“The Ring”) and Kenny Ortega (“This Is It!”).

“I am thrilled to join this innovative group of agents and executives, some of whom I’ve known for years,” Phillips says of her new position. “Their exemplary work ethic and unwavering advocacy for their clients has consistently impressed me. The dedication to client success at Verve is palpable, and I am eager to contribute to this culture of excellence. I also want to express my gratitude to Bryan Besser and Adam Levine for their warm welcome and unwavering support. Their leadership reflects the agency’s commitment to fostering an environment where talent thrives, and clients feel not just represented but truly championed. Here’s to an exciting journey ahead, filled with groundbreaking collaborations and the continued success of our clients.”

Verve partnership lauded Phillips in a statement, saying, “We could not be happier to welcome Valarie to Verve. Her unparalleled expertise and her passion for talent make her an invaluable addition to our family/company/team. But, beyond her impressive professional achievements, Valarie’s steadfast advocacy for women in the entertainment industry aligns seamlessly with Verve’s commitment to diversity and empowerment. Together, we look forward to achieving new heights and reshaping the landscape of entertainment, championing inclusivity and continuing to work towards amplifying creative voices.”

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