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Nikki Finke & Bryan Lourd, Together In Song

By | Thursday September 29, 2011 @ 9:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

Hey Morgan!, the Matt Shakman-directed musical that opens at the Black Dahlia Theatre in Los Angeles on October 15, has released a sample song (audio below) that conveys a real insider’s take on the Hollywood agency game. The song, “(I Gave My Heart To) CAA”, is a catchy tune from the show that captures the frustration of a young woman’s attempt to rise to the rank of agent. Written by Matt Fogel and Isaac Laskin, the song drips with sarcasm. But how can you not like a tune that works the names of Nikki Finke and Bryan Lourd into its lyrics? But call a fact checker – because the heroine sings of wanting to be an agent at CAA so she could rep Michael Bay. Of course, Bay is repped by WME, but that doesn’t rhyme.

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Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Returns To Rep Biz As Manager/Producer At 3 Arts

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas is joining 3 Arts as a manager/producer, returning to the rep business after 11 years. Once a high-powered dealmaker at ICM best known for guiding Julia Roberts from unknown to $20 million a picture as the world’s biggest female star, Goldsmith-Thomas left ICM in 2000 to run Revolution Studios East for Joe Roth and supervise films under Roberts’ production deal there. She has been a full-time producer since Revolution folded. An agent for more than 15 years at WMA and ICM, Goldsmith-Thomas also repped Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Connelly, Madonna and Darren Star.

The obvious question is whether she will be rejoined by Roberts, who went to CAA not long after Goldsmith-Thomas left. Goldsmith-Thomas said she comes to 3 Arts without any clients. While producing, she continued to give career advice when asked, but referred talent to agencies and management companies for years even as people asked why she wasn’t building a client list. She decided months ago to explore a return but was reticent to resurface as an agent. It would be hard returning to a job she left behind, and she never liked the poaching part of that game. She also didn’t want to give up producing, which agents can’t do. After meeting with 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff, Goldsmith-Thomas felt she’d found the right fit. She will operate out of the management/production company’s New York base, where Richard Abate manages authors and runs the book department and Avi Gilbert manages stand-up comics.

“I’ve always loved the architecture of careers, and I missed working with colleagues in breaking down walls that have gotten thicker,” Goldsmith-Thomas told me. “I think it’s a mistake when people try to re-create the same career they had. I love what I’m doing now, and I see this as a complement.” Read More »

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First Lady Comes To Hollywood To Raise $$

Mike Fleming

When President Barack Obama arrived at the Sony Pictures lot in April for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, most studio employees left early and traffic was tricky. Tonight, it’s the First Lady’s turn. Michelle Obama will attend a fundraiser and discuss the 2012 re-election effort at the home of Michael S. Smith and James Costos. It starts at 6 PM tonight. Among those in attendance will be Linda Lichter, Peggy Lipton, Michael Patrick King, Donna Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jeff Robinov, Bryan Lourd, Roger Birnbaum, Peter and Megan Chernin, Brian Grazer, Kevin Huvane, David and Lona O’Connor, and Ellen and Portia DeGeneres.

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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 TLC. The question now is whether Consuelos might replace Regis Philbin as Kelly’s co-host. In a recent People magazine poll, Consuelos scored big over other contenders like Survivor‘s Jeff Probst.

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R.I.P. Ed Limato

limato_chair_300x4003RD UPDATE: Ed Limato’s clients  weigh in on his passing:

Richard Gere: “Ed was my dear friend and agent for 40 years. He was the best of the best. There will never be anyone like him. The mold has been broken. He was probably the most respected agent of our time who loved his clients dearly and would do anything for them. “

Mel Gibson: “It’s said of agents ‘they have no hearts’. Ed was all heart!
He was there for me 30 years. I will miss him.”

Steve Martin: “Ed Limato not only represented important actors in Hollywood, but also represented class and kindness.”

Denzel Washington: “Ed was more than an agent. He was like a father to me and a dear friend to me and my entire family.”

2ND UPDATE (now completed): Ed Limato had been ill from lung disease and awaiting a lung transplant that never came. He arrived home from Cedars Sinai this week and fell into a coma. In recent days the icon who’d spent four decades in showbiz guiding the careers of some of its biggest stars was surrounded by everyone he loved: his clients and his friends and his colleagues. The untimely passing of this legendary talent agent at age 73 will cast a pall over Hollywood this holiday weekend. But his reputation as one of the greats will live on.

Most recently, Limato was a senior agent at WME Entertainment but he’d spent a lifetime moving between ICM and William Morris agencies. … Read More »

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Let’s Deal With Latest Bunch Of Rumors

By | Friday April 4, 2008 @ 9:54am PDT

That published report claiming CAA partners Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane “may file a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Michael Ovitz — charging that, among other things, he hired infamous private eye Anthony Pellicano to spy on them” is bullshit. Seriously, you’d have to know nothing about Hollywood to think anyone at CAA would go to court over that, even though it would inconvenience Ovitz a tad.

UPDATE: We all know the HBH part of flackery PMK-HBH has a rich and varied history of lying to journalists. Well, CEO Simon Halls told me this week — and made a point about going on the record about it — that those rumors about layoffs at HIS PR firm are a bunch of hooey. “There are no layoffs and no one has been let go,” Hall stressed. ”We’re actually having a really good year even with the bumps, like the strike. In fact, it’s on track to be our best year yet.” But sources are still insisting to me today layoffs are occurring.

(I’ll keep adding to this post as the day — and rumor mill — progresses…)

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Pellicano Trial: CAA Partners Say Nothing

By | Wednesday March 26, 2008 @ 12:39pm PDT

lourd-huvane1.jpgPoor Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane had to cool their heels all morning inside the Roybal federal building. A place near the coffee shop substituted as a Green Room for the Pellicano Trial. Even the government realized this was costing CAA a fortune. Around 12:30 PM, the feds told U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer that the two agency partners needed to go back to work. So an ex-FBI guy already on the witness stand was bumped for them. (How nice to know that federal trials are run like Craft.)

ovitz3.JPGAt 12:35 PM, Huvane appeared on the stand first. Asked about the events surrounding August 10th, 2001, since that’s when he was investigated in law enforcement databases, the CAA managing director pointed the finger at Michael Ovitz. “He founded a rival company. We had a dispute with him and decided not to do business with him.” Actually, Lourd and Huvane were mentioned in Footnote #11 of the government’s trial memo on the Pellicano case because “recovered from Pellicano’s computers were scanned computer printouts of DMV and criminal history information for Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane bearing [LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson’s name and a date of August 10th, 2001, which comports with the date when Arneson conducted database inquiries on these individuals”. trial-logo-smaller.jpgNo context was provided. But CAA had issued an “it’s Ovitz or us” ultimatum to Hollywood in 1999 after Michael Ovitz broke his promise not to … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial: CAA Partners Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane May Testify Wednesday

By | Tuesday March 25, 2008 @ 6:27pm PDT

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The government may ask them to testify Wednesday or Thursday at the latest at the court proceedings inside the Roybal federal building. CAA partners Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane were mentioned in Footnote #11 of the government’s trial memo on the Pellicano case because “recovered from Pellicano’s computers were scanned computer printouts of DMV and criminal history information for Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane bearing [LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson’s name and a date of August 10th, 2001, which comports with the date when Arneson conducted database inquiries on these individuals”. trial-logo-smaller.jpgNo context was provided. But Lourd and Huvane were clearly victims and this is why: their CAA issued an “it’s Ovitz or us” ultimatum to Hollywood in 1999 after Michael Ovitz broke his promise not to raid the talent agency he co-founded and instead signed away Robin Williams and seven other actors and directors to his newly started management company AMG. Ovitz is mentioned in the feds’ trial memo as having hired Pellicano to investigate frenemies.

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