The reps had 6 months to go on their 2-year contracts with Creative Artists Agency. But CAA nevertheless cut loose their top licensing agents Mike Stein and Dana Smith after only 1 1/2 years of employment. They’d been hired from an Orange County firm by CAA partner Kevin Huvane for the so-called Lifestyle Department that builds businesses around clients through licensing, endorsements, branding, etc. An insider tells me: “They’d come highly recommended and were nice enough guys and seemed like a great addition. But they did not fit in at all culturally.” UPDATE: Among the inside-the-agency complaints alleged were that things they said were perceived as un-PC.
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