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What We Do

We work at the intersection of the page and the screen, expertly helping producers, studios, and creatives find, acquire, and develop Intellectual Property (books, articles, and just about everything else). 

We're IP & Literary Scouts.

We put our select list of clients at the forefront of the global film & television literary & IP marketplace.

With a discerning eye for material, robust intelligence gathering, and a comprehensive, results-oriented approach, we work on behalf of  producers, studios, management firms, financiers, writers, directors, and other creatives to find, acquire, and develop compelling books, articles, podcasts and life rights from around the world that will delight and captivate audiences on screen. 

IP SCOUTING x Pragmatic

We're strategists.

We help the film/tv & publishing worlds  tell the best versions of the stories audiences love.

Our scouting clients enjoy business & creative advisory services as part of our comprehensive offer, and we also work on limited, specific projects to help other creatives realize their vision. 

IP STRATEGY x Pragmatic

We’re storytellers.

With writers, we develop original ideas into distinctly-voiced short fiction, novels, journalism and other stories that are thought-provoking, elevated, and commercial.

We work with partners in publishing and film & television to bring these works to readers and the screen.

STORY x Pragmatic

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Who We Are


Mac Hawkins
Founder / Principal

Mac is the founder of Pragmatic and leads its IP scouting, advisory, and story development practices. He founded Pragmatic to help producers find great material to adapt and he started the company in 2010 after working in representation, editorial, development, and strategy across publishing and film & television at companies that include Paramount Pictures, WME, and HarperCollins. 


He’s acquired, sold, and developed stories on the screen and the page for two decades. His clients and partners have included  major studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning producers, writers, directors, actors and other creatives. 

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Beau Dealy
Director, Literary Affairs

As the Director of Literary Affairs, Beau manages research of the publishing market, providing dynamic insights into active submissions, media rights sales, and other book industry intelligence. He also scouts intellectual property from newspapers, newsletters, magazines, fiction journals, podcasts, and social media. He started his career at ICM Partners (now CAA), where he read books and screenplays for Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmakers. Beau graduated with honors from Georgetown University, earning degrees in government and Spanish (though he's not as quick with his Spanish as he used to be). He dreams of opening a bookstore-cinema-pizzeria in Ojai, California, a place he's visited once. 

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Where To Find Us

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Please note that Pragmatic cannot read, consider or accept unsolicited literary or other material and such inquiries will be deleted without consideration.


413 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor

New York, New York 10014

T 1 212 380 3135

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