Paradigm Talent Agency has hired industry veteran Ian Kleinert as a book publishing agent, Variety learned exclusively. In his new role, Kleinert will be based in Paradigm’s New York office.
“Joining Paradigm during this unique and exciting time at the company opens up a world of exciting new avenues across all media for the wonderful clients who join me at the agency, and gives me the chance to foster dynamic publishing opportunities. for the stellar talents on Paradigm’s roster,” Kleinert said.
Kleinert was most recently CEO and founding partner of Projector Media, which focused on literary management and investor-backed digital platforms for groups such as SALT Events, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Propagate Content and sports legends Joe. Namath and Cal Ripken Jr.
“Ian’s extensive experience, unparalleled knowledge of the publishing industry and extensive client relationships make him an incredible addition to our team,” said Andrew Ruf, Managing Partner of Paradigm. “He brings a new dimension to the agency as we continue to expand the opportunities we provide to the world-class artists we represent.”
Kleinert was also the founder of the full-service literary management company Objective Entertainment. While there, he represented and packaged books and side deals for writers and artists like Pulitzer Prize-winning Quiara Alegría Hudes, Wendy Williams, Margaret Hoover, Kanye West and Donda West, Voletta Wallace and The Estate of The Notorious BIG, and many more. .
In his nearly three decades in entertainment, Kleinert has secured publishing deals for over 300 books. He began his career in 1994 at the Fifi Oscard agency. He then became an enlightened agent at the William Morris agency, where he represented novelists, including “Game Of Thrones” co-creator DB Weiss.