WME Signs Famed Composer Hans Zimmer

By | Monday May 9, 2011 @ 1:10pm PDT

UPDATE: WME has just signed  one of Hollywood’s most famous scorers and Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer from the Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency which until recently enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the film music market as big name agencies had divested themselves of representing composers. But WME recently got into the composer rep … Read More »

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Dwayne (Rock) Johnson Moves To WME

By | Tuesday May 3, 2011 @ 1:21pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The Rock is one hot rock right now following the big worldwide opening of Universal’s Fast Five. This major movie star had a longtime relationship with agent Darren Statt and followed the rep from Endeavor to UTA … Read More »

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WME Co-Head Of Commercial Dept Leaving

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 4:08pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Cary Berman was a veteran William Morris agent who joined with Endeavor’s Jessica Thomas to co-head the new agency’s commercial department. Now Berman is leaving and Thomas is staying.

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CAA Signs Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos

EXCLUSIVE: Live With Regis & Kelly co-host Kelly Ripa was with WME, and her husband Mark Consuelos was with Innovative. CAA’s Bryan Lourd not only signed them but also their production company Milojo Productions, which has made several shows for … Read More »

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R.I.P. Rudy Altobelli

By | Friday April 8, 2011 @ 3:24pm PDT

Rudy Altobelli, an agent who represented musicians and actors during the 1960s and ’70s and who owned the Beverly Hills mansion at 10050 Cielo Drive when the Manson Family killed Sharon Tate and five others there in 1969, died March 26. He was 82.

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WME Signs ‘Alien’ Visualist H.R. Giger, Young Thesps Kenny Wormald, Landon Liboiron

By | Tuesday March 8, 2011 @ 10:00am PST
Mike Fleming

WME has signed Oscar-winning veteran designer and artist H.R. Giger, Footloose remake star Kenny Wormald, and Landon Liboiron, who’ll star in the Steven Spielberg-produced Fox series Terra Nova.

Giger is the Swiss surrealist artist responsible for the groundbreaking visuals on the Ridley Scott-directed Alien, for which he won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Giger, who has his own museum filled with his work in Switzerland, will be repped by WME for film, TV and vidgame design work along with Section 9 Entertainment. He has been very selective in the projects he’s done. Les Barany remains the agent for his art work. Read More »

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WME Signs Chilean Miners

By | Tuesday March 1, 2011 @ 7:09am PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: WME will be pitted against rival agency UTA in the quest to set up projects about the Chilean miner rescue. Deadline previously told you that Kansas-based international drilling company Layne Christensen Company and chief driller … Read More »

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Baseball Agent Casey Close Leaving CAA: Reps Stars Derek Jeter And Ryan Howard

By | Wednesday February 23, 2011 @ 3:08pm PST

UPDATE: Often described as one of the most prominent baseball player agents in sports, Casey Close was considered a real “get” for CAA Sports division when he arrived back in April 2006 from IMG when CAA raided several agents from … Read More »

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Shiloh Fernandez Signs With CAA

By | Thursday February 17, 2011 @ 6:54am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Shiloh Fernandez, who stars opposite Amanda Seyfried in Catherine Hardwicke’s upcoming Gothic fantasy Red Riding Hood, has signed with CAA. Fernandez had been pursued by several agencies since he left Innovative 10 days ago. He continues to be managed … Read More »

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Paradigm Exits Talent Agent David Guillod

By | Wednesday February 16, 2011 @ 12:15pm PST

The following internal email was just sent inside Paradigm: “Effective immediately, David Guillod is no longer an employee at Paradigm.” Insiders tell me the decision was Paradigm’s. This is very strange since he came to Paradigm in November 2009. First he leaves UTA after 8 years as a partner and co-head of the motion … Read More »

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CAA Signs Director Len Wiseman

By | Friday February 11, 2011 @ 4:47pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed director Len Wiseman, who is following Live Free Or Die Hard by helming the remake of Total Recall with Colin Farrell playing the Arnold Schwarzenegger role for Columbia Pictures. Wiseman launched his feature directing career with … Read More »

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‘Fast Five’ Paul Walker Exits CAA For UTA

By | Tuesday February 8, 2011 @ 6:52pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Walker has signed with UTA, where he’ll be repped by Jim Berkus, Theresa Peters and Chris Hart. Walker spent the last three years at CAA. The move comes as Universal prepares an April 29 release of Fast Five, … Read More »

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UTA Signs ‘Spartacus: Gods Of Arena’ Star

Nellie Andreeva

Dustin Clare, who plays the lead in Starz’s Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, has signed with UTA. This is the first U.S. representation for the Australian actor, who continues to be represented by RGM in his native country. In Gods Read More »

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WME Hit With $25M Lawsuit For Racial Discrimination Filed By Black Ex-Trainee

By | Sunday January 23, 2011 @ 11:48am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Last April, Deadline posted a very harsh “goodbye” email sent WME Entertainment agency-wide from an African-American ”floater” working in its NYC office. It generated some of the most contentious comments which Deadline has ever experienced. (WME Floater Sends Harsh Goodbye Email) The subject of the floater’s email was the lack of diversity (specifically, no black or latino agents and only one Asian out of more than 50 white execs) in the WME office and the lack of opportunity for his advancement. Although this floater had brought a music client to the agency before he even started there — 7-time Grammy nominated artist Jazmine Sullivan — he was not rewarded. When he finally got fed up and told WME brass he could make this a much larger issue, he got the agency to pay him for 5 months to basically look for another job. (Afterwards, WME carried out a witch-hunt: Mass Reprimands, 4 Firings At WME Over That Floater’s “Goodbye” Email) Now that floater, Marcus Washington is a pro se litigant suing WME for racial discrimination and seeking $25 million. (“Pro se” legal representation means advocating on one’s own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer.) “Race is nothing but a social construct and has meaning only because we have allowed ourselves to be defined by it,” Washington  said in a statement to Deadline. “It doesn’t determine ability or one’s capabilities and this case challenges this divisive myth that has allowed the human race, and particularly this country, from ever reaching its full potential. We must no longer allow our past to define our future.”

I’ve been given these following details about the current allegations against WME:

With his PR agency saying he is “standing up for his civil and human rights”, Washington is suing WME for “disparate impact and treatment racial discrimination, aiding and abetting and retaliation” in the 80-page complaint filed in the Southern District Court of New York filed in late December. Read More »

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ICM Signs Awards Magnet Lesley Manville

By | Wednesday January 19, 2011 @ 6:25pm PST

The actress starring in the Mike Leigh-directed Another Year was yesterday nominated for a BAFTA Award (the British Oscars) for her performance. And Lesley Manville was also awarded Best Actress by the National Board of Review. Her previous screen credits include Vera Drake, Topsy-TurvyAll Or Nothing, and A Christmas Carol. Manville is a sought-after UK stage … Read More »

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Time Flies For Agent Toni Howard At ICM

By | Wednesday January 19, 2011 @ 5:24pm PST

There’s nothing that impresses me more than staying power among Hollywood players, none more so than talent agents because that’s such a brutal biz. So today Toni Howard celebrates her 20th year at ICM. (I recall the newsmaking day she led a group … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Chuck’ Zachary Levi Swaps Agents

By | Tuesday January 18, 2011 @ 12:55pm PST

Deadline told you that CAA hired Kami Putnam-Heist away from WME, but now one of her clients has left her behind. NBC Chuck‘s Zachary Levi who just voiced the male lead in Tangled and whose name comes up for a few leading men film … Read More »

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CAA Signs Kami Putnam-Heist Clients Joe Manganiello And Logan Lerman From WME

By | Friday January 14, 2011 @ 5:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed HBO True Blood star Joe Manganiello and Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief star Logan Lerman. Both actors have followed their agent, Kami Putnam-Heist, who moved from WME to CAA on January 3rd as … Read More »

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Hollywood Agency Comings And Goings…

By | Friday January 14, 2011 @ 4:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

APA has signed a slew of actors. Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) was previously repped by Paradigm. He is managed by Industry Entertainment. Adam Beach, who will next be seen in Cowboys & Aliens, was formerly with ICM. He is managed by Industry. Giovanna Mezzogiorno (Vincere) … Read More »

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