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Meet The Team


As an innovative illustration and literary agency, Bright represents the best in global talent. With integrated systems for marketing, contracts, accounting and artist care, the company now has over twenty-five members of staff between its London and New York offices.

Founder And Board


Bright’s senior board members include some of the most respected figures in the publishing and licensing industry:

Vicki Willden-Lebrecht | Director & Founder

Vicki Willden-Lebrecht | Director & Founder

Vicki founded The Bright Agency in 2003 and is now Managing Director of the UK and US based agencies. Bright has since grown into one of the most forward-thinking creative management agencies with exceptional results.
Amanda Wood

Amanda Wood

Amanda Wood

Amanda has been involved in the creation of books for nearly 40 years including as a founding director of Templar Publishing. She now creates a small number of titles for an international list of clients and works as a consultant, author and chairman of Bright.
Paul Cook

Paul Cook

Paul Cook
Finance Director

Paul is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced Finance Director with sector skills in Television, Media, Licensing and Publishing
Richard Scrivener

Richard Scrivener

Richard Scrivener

Richard acts as Non-Executive Director for Bright’s media deals. With rights expertise in publishing, media and licensing, his previous roles include Commercial and Operations Director of Templar and Publishing Director of Scholastic.

Agents


Our experienced and highly-motivated agents pride themselves on their commitment to forging the most successful partnerships between artists and clients to sustain long-term success, internationally and across multiple platforms.

Working with children’s picture book authors and illustrators, Managing Agents provide development and editorial support whilst establishing creative direction and strategy for their artists’ work internationally. With a wealth of industry experience and expertise, they are instrumental in fostering prize-winning publishing partnerships and in raising the profile of the creative talent they represent.

Bright agents support artists to deliver exceptional artwork, to brief and on schedule, and provide clients with a reliable, attentive and proactive point of contact throughout projects to ensure a consummately professional experience for all, from start to finish.

Alex Gehringer

Alex Gehringer

Alex Gehringer

Illustration Agent (US)

Alex has been with Bright’s US team since its launch. Both creative and solution-oriented, Alex thrives on pairing talented illustrators with projects that perfectly complement their strengths and styles. From board books through middle grade, no matter the format, Alex is well-versed in building spectacular relationships between client and artist.

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Amy Capelin

Amy Capelin

Amy Capelin

Children’s Illustration Agent (UK)

Before joining Bright’s children’s division Amy worked in foreign rights for several years, starting at Laurence King Publishing and followed by Penguin Random House Children’s and translation rights agency ILA.

She has a wide ranging knowledge of picture books, children’s fiction and illustrated non-fiction, as well as co-edition and international publishing markets.

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Amy Fitzgerald

Amy Fitzgerald

Amy Fitzgerald

Children’s Illustration Agent (UK)

Before joining Bright’s children’s division, Amy worked at both The Blair Partnership and WME supporting a wide range of clients from bestselling and debut authors to global brands. Prior to this she spent three years as a Development and Production Editor at Nelson Thornes, an educational publisher which is now part of Oxford University Press.

Amy’s broad publishing experience alongside her passion for storytelling in all mediums makes her a supportive and enthusiastic agent.

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Anne Moore Armstrong

Anne Moore Armstrong

Anne Moore Armstrong

Curating a boutique list of artists who illustrate picture books, young fiction and YA covers, Anne specializes in trade children’s book publishing, having worked in the industry for over 20 years at Little, Brown and Candlewick Press as a book designer and art buyer. Anne is visually adept in helping clients find an artist who can meet both their esthetic needs and printer deadlines. She continuously develops her artists’ portfolios building upon their strengths and looks for new talent who she can mentor into strong children’s book professionals.

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Arabella Stein

Arabella Stein

Arabella Stein

Representing award-winning and best-selling illustrators and authors, both established and at the beginning of their careers, Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a strong narrative.

Arabella is able to inspire and encourage artists and authors – setting up long lasting collaborations with publishers internationally.

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Freddie Dawson

Freddie Dawson

Freddie Dawson

Children’s Illustration Agent (UK)

Freddie focuses on trade picture books in Bright’s Children’s Illustrations. She brings her personable, efficient and creative approach to pairing artists with publishers and ensuring projects run smoothly. Having previously worked at Book Trust, she has a wealth of experience in the children’s book market and knowledge of engaging young children with stories. Picture books combine her love storytelling and gorgeous artwork, and she particularly enjoys seeing character sketches transform into beautiful new books.

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Hannah Curtis

Hannah Curtis

Hannah Curtis

Highly organised, Hannah can be relied upon to deliver strong project management for both her artists and clients, whilst maintaining her intuitive creative flair for unique and tailored results. Her honest approach and humorous personality make her a pleasure to work with.

Hannah is inspired by all things beautiful, shiny metallics, stunning colour combinations and generally anything that oozes style and perfection!

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Helen Biles

Helen Biles

Helen Biles

Having enjoyed seven years as the Creative Director of Harpercollins, Australia. Helen art directed and inspired talented artists, illustrators, graphic designers and photographers and worked across all genres. Many of these books won Design Awards at The Australian Publishers Association. She loves colour and all things art and design and has spent much of her time visiting galleries all over the world.

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Ilaria Vigilante

Ilaria Vigilante

Ilaria Vigilante

Lucie’s assistant, Ilaria is Italian and speaks four languages, including Italian, English, Mandarin and French. She worked as interpreter and mediator before joining Bright as Lucie’s assistant, working as point of contact between clients and artists. She loves to help artists achieve their best result and delivering the client wonderful pieces of art.

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James Burns

James Burns

James Burns

James specializes as an agent in commercial illustration based in the US Bright office. With proven success in his management skills with external and internal stakeholders, James provides fuss-free creative solutions across all genres of children’s literature. He has built a reputation in publishing by understanding the needs of his commercial and fictional audience - not to mention his warm and approachable personality.

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Lucie Luddington

Lucie Luddington

Lucie Luddington

Senior Education Agent

Well respected within her industry she works with dedication for a global roster of artists and clients around the clock. Deeply knowledgeable she has a strong instinct for her market, building fantastic relationships on the way with her energetic and fun personality.

Lucie enjoys every aspect of what she does, and above all thrives off the joy of matching an artist with a suitable client and commission; defining the ultimate partnership for both parties. Watching her illustrators fulfil their dreams is wonderful for Lucie, and in turn fulfills her own creative flair.

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Nicky Lander

Nicky Lander

Nicky Lander

Senior Children’s Illustration Agent (UK)

Senior agent for Children’s and Fiction illustration, Nicky works with clients in the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. Having worked across all formats in both mass-market and trade publishing, Nicky has a strong knowledge of what it takes to get a book from the initial stages, through acquisition and delivery, and finally to publication. Nicky has experience in format and artwork creation and also has great knowledge of production requirements; from pre-school, novelty, storybooks and activity projects, all the way through to early fiction and teen fiction, Nicky is well-versed to be able to meet client needs. 

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Robbin Brosterman

Robbin Brosterman

Robbin Brosterman

Education Agent (US)

Robbin is leading the growth of Bright’s education division in the US, strengthening the portfolios of each artist with her comprehensive knowledge of art and design. Across all formats, whether it be textbooks to board books to educational magazines, she is an expert at successfully pairing clients with artists. A dedicated project manager, her genuine enthusiasm for illustration and children’s education shines through in each and every one of her collaborations. Before bringing her expertise to Bright, she garnered a reputation as an award-winning design director.

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Robyn Newton

Robyn Newton

Robyn Newton

Children’s Illustration Agent (UK)

Robyn works with clients throughout the UK. Her passion for children’s books and their integral place in the lives of young readers makes her a highly enthusiastic and supportive agent. Her in-depth knowledge of the book creation process from years spent in book publishing means that she has experience with just about any book format you can think of and can always be relied upon for an efficient and creative approach.

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Susan Penny

Susan Penny

Susan Penny

Susan has been representing artists since 2016, diligently assisting her clients to produce illustrated books that leave a lasting impression on their young readers. Out of a passion for the value of illustration, she has built up an exceptional knowledge of Bright’s portfolios and works closely with artists to develop their artwork in new directions to attract fresh opportunities. Deeply attentive to her clients’ needs, she is driving forward the growth of Bright Educational, and goes above and beyond to ensure the correct creative match on each project.

With an academic background, her Bachelor degree in Law and subsequent legal secondments in Europe, Asia Pacific, China and Africa inform her approach to the commercial and advocacy aspects of any given collaboration. She can be relied upon to think analytically and manage each project to a successful finsh for both client and artist.

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Departments


With integrated systems for marketing, contracts, accounting and artist care teams, the company now has over twenty-five dedicated members of staff between its London and New York based offices.

Finance

Finance

Finance

Committed to accurate and timely administration of everything finance related across the agency, this team’s comprehensive approach provides reassurance that ‘the paperwork’ is covered.
Marketing & Communications

Marketing & Communications

Marketing & Communications

Bright’s dedicated marketing team supports artists’ projects in line with clients’ promotional plans, as well as profiling artists’ work and brand identity via our own successful channels.
Contracts & Legal

Contracts & Legal

Contracts & Legal

Proactive in managing our artists’ retained rights and contract and royalty verification, this team ensures all possibilities are explored on their behalf.
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