EXCLUSIVE: Management/production company Anonymous Content is about to make a major play in the talent game. I’m hearing that Doug Wald is leaving his partnership at Raw Talent, Sandra Chang is leaving as partner at Industry Entertainment, and Tony Lipp is leaving CAA. The trio will lead Anonymous Content’s talent division and create a major infusion of acting clients. It is all taking shape today.
Lipp announced internally on Tuesday that he would leave CAA to be a manager. Wald and Chang dropped the bombshells this morning at their respective management companies. Anonymous has a modest talent business that included four managers and clients like Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Katie Cassidy, Omar Epps and Adrianne Palicki (just cast as Wonder Woman). The newcomers will greatly expand that list, and a lot of it is emerging talent. Among the actors already set to join: Sam Worthington, Paul Dano, Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Anna Faris, Max Minghella, Jack Quaid, Patrick Wilson, Justin Chambers, Jessica Walter, Jaime King, Matt Bomer, John Cleese, Blythe Danner, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Nathan Lane, Simon Russell Beale and Stanley Tucci.
Anonymous Content was formed about 11 years ago by Steve Golin after he sold Propaganda to Polygram and then left when Seagram bought the company in 1998. Anonymous Content has always reflected his interest in writer-directors, and its current roster includes Steven Soderbergh, The Departed scribe William Monahan, Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski, The Amazing Spider-Man helmer Marc Webb, David Frankel, Richard Shepard, Bill Condon, David Slade, Scott Z. Burns, Richard Linklater, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, Jane Eyre helmer Cary Fukunaga and Lorene Scafaria, the scribe who’ll make her directing debut on the Anonymous Content-produced Steve Carell/Keira Knightley-starrer A Friend At The End Of The World. Anonymous most recently produced Winter’s Bone, is also producing Fun Size for Paramount and just wrapped Everybody Loves Whales for Universal.
The move is a surprise because Wald, Chang and Lipp each spent close to 15 years with their respective companies.