EXCLUSIVE: CAA, on a signing tear of late, has just inked Viola Davis. The actress recently took meetings with all the majors. This follows recent signings of Keira Knightley, Frost/Nixon writer/playwright Peter Morgan, Neil Patrick Harris and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Oscar-nominated for The Help and Doubt, Davis won Tony Awards for the revival of August Wilson’s Fences with Denzel Washington, and for King Hedley II. She had been repped by APA.
Davis will next be seen in the Denis Villenueve-directed Prisoners for Warner Brothers and the Gavin Hood-directed Ender’s Game, which Summit Entertainment releases in November.
She continues to be managed by Estelle Lasher at Principal Entertainment and her lawyer is Michael Adler of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed screenwriter and playwright Peter Morgan. Morgan, who left UTA, got an Oscar nomination for scripting The Queen and for adapting his play Frost/Nixon. He shared the BAFTA Award for teaming with Jeremy Brock for … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Jennifer Jason Leigh. The award-winning actress appeared most recently on ABC’s Revenge in a recurring role as Kara Clarke-Murphy, Emily Thorne’s mother. In January she … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has just signed Keira Knightley. The actress is coming off the Joe Wright-directed Anna Karenina, and next stars opposite Chris Pine in the franchise reboot Jack Ryan, and in the John Carney-directed Can … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol’s Paula Patton has signed with CAA. She had been repped at WME. Patton, whose credits include Deja Vu and Precious, makes the rep switch after completing Disconnect opposite Jason Bateman and Alexander … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Milla Jovovich has signed with CAA, after a run with WME. The Ukrainian-born actress has quietly amassed an outsized gross track record, as one of the very few actresses who have flourished in action films. Her futuristic … Read More »
Creative Artists Agency is seeking $1,040,522 from the estate of the late Tony Scott over commissions CAA says it is due. The agency wants the standard 10% cut from Scott’s work on the films Man On Fire, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran lit agent Rich Green has left CAA, and he has joined the new agency being launched by former ICM chief Jeff Berg. The well respected Green has been there nine years, and his last day was Friday. Among … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: CAA lost the longtime top client in late December. And now I’ve learned that Oprah Winfrey has signed with WME‘s Ari Emanuel and Rick Rosen and a team of agents. The … Read More »
UPDATE: Nikki Finke, who’s ill, reports that CAA is not apologetic for the party.
PREVIOUS: Now it’s clear why CAA doesn’t invite the media to its annual Sundance talent agency event. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Matt Belloni is reporting that CAA’s Sunday night packed party featured “a … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Hours before her film makes its Sundance debut, director Francesca Gregorini has signed with CAA. She makes her solo directing debut with Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes. She wrote the film, which premieres in the … Read More »
Reality producer 11th Street Prods., the company behind the hit MTV Teen Mom franchise, has signed with CAA. It was previously at UTA. Led by Morgan J. Freeman and Dia Sokol Savage, 11th Street Prods. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Britney Spears has signed with CAA in all areas worldwide. After a season as a judge/mentor on Fox’s The X Factor, Spears is moving on. She is working on her 8th album, collaborating with Will.i.am … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Chiwetel Ejiofor, shortly after the British actor starred as the principal character in the Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave, opposite Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.
Ejiofor, for my money one of the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has lost one of its top clients. I’ve learned that Oprah Winfrey today discharged the agency she’d called home for a long time where she was represented by a team led by Kevin Huvane. It is … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a hot signing before the biz goes away for the holidays. CAA has just signed Jon Hamm, the Mad Men star who recently left ICM Partners early last month following the exit of his longtime agent Carol Bodie. Hamm had taken meetings with a few of the agencies — WME was the other major player — but he’s headed for CAA. Hamm should have a bright future in features. Like Alec Baldwin, he can play comedy as well as drama, and has done several inspired turns on Saturday Night Live and in the film Bridesmaids. He played serious in the Ben Affleck-directed The Town, and those blue-chinned guys like Hamm also work well in macho franchises. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Felicity Jones has reunited with her agent, Warren Zavala, at WME. The young British actress, best known for Like Crazy, becomes the latest thesp to move from CAA with Zavala, who moved to WME … Read More »
Dan Aloni‘s case against his former employer CAA is going to arbitration, an LA Superior Court judge has ruled this morning. “The good guys won”, said Aloni’s lawyer Patricia Glaser outside the downtown courtroom after a brief hearing. Lawyers for Aloni and CAA were facing off after he filed a court order last month to compel CAA into arbitration over the more than $5 million in bonuses and vacation pay he says it owes him. Aloni was fired from CAA in February after being with the agency for seven years. He joined WME as a partner in March, bringing over over all his big clients including Christopher Nolan, David Dobkin, Mike Myers, Jay Roach, David Goyer, Tom Shadyac, Michel Gondry, Raja Gosnell, Mandeville Films and more.
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Judge Ralph W. Dau this morning heard from Glaser and attorney Harold M. Brody representing CAA. The judge had written a tentative ruling the lawyers saw just before the hearing. After hearing from both parties, Dau confirmed that ruling and set the matter toward arbitration as Aloni desired in his initial petition filed November 5. Since then there had seen a series of declarations, motions to strike and proof of service but no settlement talks. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Omar Sy, the French actor, comedian, writer, producer and television personality who drew raves starring in The Intouchables. That film, an international box office phenomenon, has become the highest-grossing non-English-language film since The Passion Of The Christ, grossing more than $414 million worldwide. It was released domestically last May by The Weinstein Company. Read More »