Midas Acquires bks Literary Agency

Leading cultural communications agency, Midas has today announced the acquisition of literary agency, The bks Agency, in a move that will expand the offerings of both organisations.

The merger with The bks Agency follows Midas’ rebrand in Autumn 2020, and its evolution to a full-service communications agency delivering strategic positioning, creative media campaigns, digital, consultancy and event delivery for publishing, arts, culture, and heritage clients.

Co-founded in 2018 by Midas CEO, Jason Bartholomew, together with consultant and former Hodder & Stoughton Marketing Director, Jessica Killingley, and publisher, coach and former Watkins MD, James Spackman, The bks Agency has grown to represent over 50 authors, launched Sunday Times bestsellers, secured Hollywood film deals, and sold licenses in more than 20 territories.

Jason Bartholomew, CEO at Midas, said: “I am thrilled that Midas and The bks Agency will be joining forces. For Midas, this immediately strengthens our overall portfolio and expands our offering for clients. Jessica and James’ collective experience and expertise will add value across the whole of our client-base; particularly as Midas continues to pivot, adapt, and stay nimble in the ever-changing arts landscape. We’re looking forward to working closer together, and to bringing our collective clients new opportunities.”

Jessica Killingley added: “Building the agency alongside Jason and James over the last couple of years has been one of the most rewarding and fun things I’ve done in my career. Being able to take it to the next level by joining the Midas team is so exciting. I have so much admiration for how they combine their publishing industry legacy with forward thinking innovation and excellence in author care.”

James Spackman commented: “I’ve liked and respected the Midas team for ages and joining with such a professional and charismatic group is a tremendously exciting prospect. Our existing authors at The bks Agency will feel the benefit too – we will do great things together.”