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Mr. Carmen La Via

Fifi Oscard Agency, Inc.

110 West 40th Street, 16th Floor

New York, NY 10018



Website: www.fifioscard.com

AAR Member: No

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E-Mail: Closed

Online Form: Closed

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from Patrick (admin)
Feb 03, 2018 6:51 am


Hi t_amcdonald,
I know it might look like they are still in business because the website is still up. But their site has not been updated since 2010. And, except for one outlier with special circumstances, the most recent sale reported on PM is from 2007.

If you look closely at their submission form, where it asks you to select the date, it only goes up to 2010.

Still, there has never been an official announcement that they were closing up. It would be nice if they took down their site so we would know for sure. If you do hear back from them, please let me know.

While checking into it, I found that Carmen La Via passed away last year.

from t_amcdonald
Feb 03, 2018 1:56 am


I just visited their site, and it's quite active. Their PM page shows quite an extensive sales of books. So I'm pretty sure they are not out of business. Their submissions page suggests they are still taking queries.
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 20, 2014 10:36 am


Profile Update: This agency appears to be out of business.
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 20, 2014 10:33 am


You're right, noranne. They appear to be out of business. I can find no sales by this agency in quite some time. Thanks.
from noranne
Jul 07, 2014 1:17 pm


I sent an email to their agency's address on 6/22 asking if they were open for queries and about the form only going to 2010. Never got a reply. Safe to say this agency is defunct.
from PhantomII
Jun 11, 2014 7:37 pm


I think that, with Fifi's passing, this is a black hole. If you click on their submission guidelines link, there is a date group that has month, day and year (of your submission). When you try to use the dropdown for year, the last year they show is 2010.

I would suggest that there is really no point in querying to them. If I were admin here, I'd remove this listing. It seems to be no longer extant.
from rochellekarina
May 21, 2014 10:32 am


Queried just to see what happened.
Sent 5/21.
Recvd electronic acknowledgement almost immediately.

Notes:

Mr. LaVia may well be retired - he's been either an actor's agent or a literary agent for well over 40 years.

In the 2006 book "Star Trek: Captain's Glory" (ostensibly written by William Shatner, along with two other authors) the acknowledgements list:

Carmen LaVia
Fifi Oscard (in memoriam)
etc
etc

Ms. Oscard passed in 2005, but the company was still signing writers up to at least 2010.
from lionsroar91406
Apr 01, 2014 8:15 pm


Patrick,

I checked Mr. La Via's Linkedin and it indicates:

Experience:

Sr agent, Talent and Literary
fifi oscard agency
1990 – 2010 (20 years)

The Linkedin profile doesn't indicate a current position.

2010 matches the drop down on the Fifi Oscard Agency website and which still shows Carmen La Via as an agent. Maybe they are defunct.
from sarahjen72
Apr 04, 2013 11:18 pm


The date on the submission form for Fifi Oscard Agency only goes up to 2010. Not sure what that means.
from KristenH
Mar 29, 2013 6:45 am


This is interesting to know Brian. Hmm.
from BrainAdamage
Mar 28, 2013 5:16 pm


Just thought it should be noted: Carmen La Via is a man. Also, I agree their submission methods are suspect. I've gone ahead and sent mine to MR. La Via's personal email address, listed on the site.

After researching, I found an article written by him: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/professional-tips/what-actor-do-you-regret-overlooking/

From the article:

Carmen La Via
Fifi Oscard Agency, New York

"I am now a literary agent but previously worked as an actors agent at William Morris and here at Fifi Oscard. My clients included William Shatner, Ted Knight, Debbie Allen, Mary Steenburgen, and Pam Dawber. Perhaps the biggest mistake I ever made was turning down Danny DeVito. This was before "Taxi," and he was an unknown."
from KristenH
Feb 25, 2013 6:21 am


I know. I've tried to do a snail mail query last year and let them know that. I got no reply in return. I think we need Patrick to confirm, if the agency is open or not.
from SciFiSteph
Feb 24, 2013 7:26 pm


The online submission form has a date drop down that only goes to 2010, seems a little fishy.
from KristenH
May 23, 2011 7:11 am


I know Daprice. I sent them a snail mail query this spring and got no word. This is my last requery--I've sent it via the online form one more time, and mentioned it this time in the query.

9/22: 8/17, I've sent them a query via their online form. Two weeks ago, I've nudged them. It's a no response/closed again.

12/8: Okay, I'm requerying them one more time via online form for Venom. I do deserve a response than no response.

1.6.12. Two weeks ago, I queried them. No response again.
from daaprice
Jan 05, 2011 2:56 pm


Just checked out their online submission form and it's set up so that the date field doesn't go past 2010.

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