Yes, I think it’s weird, too, that this is the second Endeavor signing in a row of a William Morris client. Usually, when there’s a merger or buyout in the works, the two agencies agree not to poach. Then again, I’m told that Jim Wiatt told a WMA staff meeting yesterday that any merger deal wasn’t happening right away and the tenpercentery should stay focused on its clients.

Co-Director of Janklow & Nesbit Associates where he worked since 1991, Eric Simonoff is joining the William Morris Agency as an SVP. The book agent brings with him 3 Pulitzer Prize-winners, 17 New York Times bestselling authors, and 14 New Yorker contributors. His cients include Jhumpa Lahiri (Unaccustomed Earth), Edward P Jones (The Known World), Stacy Schiff (Cleopatra), and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Book of the Dead, The Monster of Florence, Terminal Freeze).

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