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Kerry Howley, Writer of Sundance-Bound ‘Winner,’ Signs With Black Bear (EXCLUSIVE)

Kerry Howley, a screenwriter, author and essayist, has signed with Black Bear for representation. The news comes as Howley is about to make waves at Sundance, where “Winner,” a comedic coming-of-age story that she wrote, is going to debut. Howley adapted the story from her own New York Magazine profile on Reality Winner, an Air Force vet and NSA translator who leaked an intelligence report about Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. The film is directed by Susanna Fogel (“Cat Person”). It stars Emilia Jones, Connie Britton and Zach Galifianakis. “Winner” will debut in Sundance’s Premieres section.

Howley authored the non-fiction book “Bottom’s Up and The Devil Laughs,” which was recently picked as a New York Times 2023 Top Ten Book of the Year and a Vanity Fair Best Book of the Year. She is currently a staff writer at New York Magazine, most recently contributing the cover piece “Erewhon’s Secrets” on the rise of the Los Angeles health food mecca Erewhon. Before joining the staff of New York Magazine, Howley was a professor at the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction MFA program.

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Black Bear’s management arm includes seven full-time managers, represents nearly 100 artists and is led by partners Keith Redmon and Joanne Roberts Wiles. Some of the company’s clients include Karyn Kusama (“Yellowjackets”), Johan Renck (“Chernobyl”), Cooper Raiff (“Cha Cha Real Smooth”), Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”), John Hillcoat (“The Road”), Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) and Simona Tabasco (“The White Lotus”).

Howley is represented by CAA.

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