Born in Washington D.C. of Spanish parents, she learned to read and write in Paris, where she returned twenty years later to work for the Gallimard publishing house.
After studying at the Lycée français in Madrid and earning a B.A. in Philosophy at the Universidad Complutense, she started her professional career in publishing at Alfaguara Infantil-Juvenil, headed at the time by Miguel Azaola, the renowned publisher of children’s books. At Alfaguara she began in the negotiation of rights, attending the Frankfurt and Bologna Book Fairs.
She began publishing proper working as assistant to Pierre Marchand, the founder of Gallimard Jeunesse, before working as editor on several Gallimard collections.
After ten years in Paris, she returned to Madrid to take up a job as the Director of the Rights Department at the Author’s Rights Office of the PRISA group. During this time she gained extensive experience in representing authors and handling rights.
A perfect command of French and Spanish and a thorough knowledge of their respective publishing markets, coupled with an interest in books and literature, led her in January 2005 to set up the first literary agency specialised in representing French and Spanish-speaking authors, whatever their nationality. Virginia López-Ballesteros has the dual nationality French-Spanish.
Cristina Frade Blanchard
Cristina Frade Blanchard joined the Agency in 2016 to manage the Paris office. Passionate about literature, she is an experienced journalist and communication consultant. Cristina Frade Blanchard has lived and worked in Paris for more than fifteen years.
Born in Spain, she attended the Lycée Français de Madrid and graduated in Journalism at the Universidad Complutense. She joined the Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo in 1990, first in Madrid as a reporter and editor of the weekly Media supplement, and later as London correspondent and special correspondent for Ireland and Northern Ireland.
From 2000 to 2005, she was the Paris bureau chief before joining the Spanish business daily El Economista, where she kept reporting on French political, economic and cultural news. For the last years she has been working in communication as a consultant and developing editorial concepts and content.
THE AGENCY SINCE 2016
In 2016, Agencia Virginia López-Ballesteros broadened its portfolio to include theatre, representing Spanish playwrights in- and outside Spain as well as non-Spanish authors in Spain.
Virginia López-Ballesteros also adapts French plays for performances in Spanish, representing clients in Spain and Latin America.
Since 2016, Scenic Rights (www.scenicrights.com) handles the AV rights of the Works represented the Agency Virginia López-Ballesteros.
SHOWRUNNERS BUYERS CLUB is the brand that positions SCENIC RIGHTS as the leading Audiovisual Agency in the representation of literary, dramatic works and television fiction projects in Spain and Latin America for adaptation to Television and Film.
They manage worldwide the exclusive rights for Television and Film, as well as Formats for television series created by the most successful authors in Spain and Latin America.
They have the exclusive rights to television or cinematographic adaptations of more than 2000 works, books and formats that, due to their commercial success and for the excellence of their creators, have great audiovisual potential.
They also manage exclusive audiovisual adaptation rights for any territory and language.