Publishing industry journals have announced that a new firm has acquired the right to license the copyrighted works of Evelyn Waugh. These have been managed for many years by the successors to the A D Peters firm. Here’s an excerpt from the story in Variety magazine:
Recently formed rights business International Literary Properties (ILP) has acquired the literary estates of 12 writers, including Evelyn Waugh and Georges Simenon, from U.K. agency Peters, Fraser + Dunlop.
The eight-figure multi-estates deal sees London and New York-based ILP acquire the rights for the literary estates of writers Georges Simenon, Eric Ambler, Margery Allingham, Edmund Crispin, Dennis Wheatley, Robert Bolt, Richard Hull, George Bellairs, Nicolas Freeling, John Creasey, Michael Innes and Evelyn Waugh.
Their works spans books including Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited,” Simenon’s Inspector Maigret novels, and Wheatley’s thrillers such as “The Devil Rides Out,” and Creasey’s “The Battle for Inspector West.” […]
Peters, Fraser + Dunlop will continue to act as literary agent for the twelve estates.
ILP launched last year to acquire the rights and manage IP from literary estates, as well as from living authors, with an eye on exploiting the rights across platforms including film, TV and theater.
In the case of Waugh’s literary estate, the PF+D firm will apparently not be acting as literary agents. That function was transferred in 2008 to the Andrew Wylie Agency according to a story in The Bookseller. See this link.