Services

From editorial guidance, to deal negotiation, to exploitation of subrights in all formats, Folio Jr. offers a wide variety of services to its clients. Folio Jr. creators see their work published all over the world, in print, e-book, and audio formats, and adapted for the stage and screen. With our agents dedicated to pairing clients’ work with the right publisher and securing the best deals, our subrights and contracts departments negotiate the most author-friendly agreements and licenses.

 

Foreign Rights

Melissa Sarver White

Melissa Sarver White

Madeline Froyd

Madeline Froyd

Folio Jr. is dedicated to aggressively pursuing sales in all international markets and effectively building authors’ global careers. Our international list includes bestsellers and award-winners in over forty languages and territories. We work closely with a roster of dedicated co-agents, ensuring our authors’ work reaches readers across the globe. Our foreign rights director Melissa Sarver White attends the Frankfurt, Bologna, and London Book Fairs each year, maintaining a global network of publishers, agents, and content creators.


Audio & Digital Rights

Annie Hwang

Annie Hwang

Folio Jr. makes the most out of clients’ audio rights. We negotiate the best audio book contracts with the industry’s top audio publishers, secure meaningful advances and reading fees, and coordinate successful launches.

Spearheaded by our Digital Rights Director, Annie Hwang, FolioUnbound is an initiative designed to let Folio authors take control of their e-book titles. Providing our authors with choice, guidance, and control, we help clients publish original and backlist material in the digital space. From book covers to metadata, our experience and expertise will ensure that eBooks are of the highest quality and available from major retailers.

 


Contracts

Michael Harriot

Michael Harriot

Michael Harriot is Folio Jr.’s dedicated contracts director. With multi-million dollar deals across Folio Jr. and Folio Literary Management, we provide the most favorable terms for our authors and artists. Our superlative boilerplates provide the very best protections and benefits, from advance structures to below-the-line details. Our contracts department ensures that every agreement receives individual attention and the most stringent negotiation.

 


Dramatic Rights

Don Laventhall

Don Laventhall

Don Laventhall handles dramatic (i.e., film, tv, theater, and documentary) rights. He does not accept unsolicited queries and works only with our agency’s clients.

After graduating from Brown University, Don Laventhall began working in the film business as a production assistant on director/producer Alan J. Pakula's film, SOPHIE'S CHOICE. The relationship with Pakula Productions continued for many years, with Don becoming the Executive Vice President in charge of development and production. Don was also a producer on Alan Pakula's last two films – THE PELICAN BRIEF with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, and THE DEVIL'S OWN with Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford.

Following Pakula’s death, Don relocated to Los Angeles, where he became the Executive Vice President of Production at Sony-based Red Wagon Entertainment, overseeing the development and production of STUART LITTLE, GIRL INTERRUPTED, THE HOLLOW MAN, and GLADIATOR. Back in New York, he adapted Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book NO ORDINARY TIME.

For over a decade, Don has headed the film rights department at Harold Ober Associates, representing a long list of authors and estates, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathanael West, Langston Hughes, Ira Levin, James M. Cain, Tamora Pierce, and Lois Lowry. Recent productions based on book-to-film deals include Sara Gruen’s WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, Langston Hughes' BLACK NATIVITY, an NBC mini-series based on Ira Levin's ROSEMARY'S BABY, Lois Lowry's THE GIVER, and an 8-part TV series on Amazon based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE LAST TYCOON. Two feature films are currently in post-production – THE WAR WITH GRANDPA by Robert Kimmel Smith starring Robert De Niro, and an animated adaptation of Lois Lowry’s THE WILLOUGHBYS.

Don teaches screenwriting at Fordham University’s MFA program, and at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts.