The Gillian MacKenzie Agency represents the ideas and brands of writers, experts, and institutions to the publishing world and beyond. Highly adaptive and creative, it helps shape clients’ ideas and strategizes about how to bring those ideas out into the world in the most effective way possible. Its roster includes journalists, academics, specialists, illustrators, memoirists, novelists, scientists and policy makers who are working on projects addressing important issues and seeking to make our world a more informed and better place. Founded as a traditional literary agency that helped clients develop and place their books in the publishing market, the Gillian MacKenzie Agency is now adapting to today’s fast-moving world of media. It recognizes that ideas have value in new, exciting ways and formats, and manages its clients’ intellectual property accordingly. From books to film to new media platforms to businesses to web properties, the Gillian MacKenzie Agency seeks to find the best ways to develop and spread the good ideas, writing, and expertise of its clients.
Gillian MacKenzie has spent her career creating—and helping others create—products for the marketplace. Before starting her agency in 2005, she was Vice President of Jane Startz Productions, Inc., where she spent over eight years scouting, optioning, and developing books into feature films with major studios. Additionally, she co-founded the children's retail concept Ridemakerz and currently serves on its Board of Managers.
Prior to that, she was a product developer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she conceived of and developed merchandise based on works of art in the collections, for sale in the museum catalogs and stores. She began her career at the literary agency, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
MacKenzie was a five year term member of The Council of Foreign Relations, a research center dedicated to understanding the world by better comprehending global trends and contributing ideas to US foreign policy. She is also a Junior Advisory Member of The Urban Assembly, a group of New York City public high schools dedicated to preparing students from under-resourced neighborhoods for success in four-year colleges.