HarperCollins Publishers has truck a strategic alliance with New York-based producers Sharp Independent to collaborate on the adaptation of HarperCollins titles.

The alliance is another example of film companies allying themselves with publishing houses to access and exploit material.

In 2005, Focus Features partnered up with Random House to create Random House Films, whose inaugural film, Terry George's Reservation Road, premiered recently at the Toronto film festival.

The newly minted Sharp Independent At HarperCollins will work with authors and their representatives to acquire film rights for individual books from future, current and existing backlist adult titles.

The new venture will be housed in the HarperCollins offices, with Harper/Morrow president and group publisher Michael Morrison overseeing operations on behalf of HarperCollins and Luke Parker Bowles serving as vice president of production for Jeff Sharp's Sharp Independent. Clementine Crawford will serve as story editor.

'We are always looking for ways to give our authors' works greater visibility,' Morrison said. 'Providing an avenue and competitive advantage in the film world is another example of this. [Jeff's] presence is sure to give our authors additional exposure in an increasingly competitive industry.'

'Under Michael Morrison's leadership, HarperCollins is a home for innovation and creativity,' Sharp said. 'This partnership provides an extraordinary opportunity to pair wonderful books with directors, writers and actors that I know and respect and make great films in the process.'

Sharp's credits, while he was a partner at the production company Hart Sharp Entertainment, include Nicholas Nickleby, A Home At The End Of The World, The Night Listener, and Evening.