WME Film Department’s Halloween Video

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 7:16pm PDT

Yet another Halloween-themed video, this time from the WME Motion Picture Department. It’s called ‘The Pitching Hour’ and I spent 5:47 minutes of my vacation watching it. I want that time back.

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WME Unscripted TV: Pre-Halloween Video

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 7:14pm PDT

Lame or laugh-worthy from WME? You decide…

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CAA Exits Talent Agent Darren Statt

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 7:45pm PDT

CAA will only confirm that “he’s no longer an employee with the company” though sources say he was fired today. Sources close to talent agent Darren Statt tell Deadline: “Just a hard hit that was unexpected. He is a Read More »

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WME’s Patrick Whitesell Grilled On Video

By | Monday July 22, 2013 @ 5:51pm PDT

WME Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell is interviewed at the 2013 Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen. He didn’t expect to be grilled on his own: Egon Durban, the agency’s partner in Silver Lake Management was a no-show because … Read More »

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WME Signs Animated Short Oscar Winner

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 11:59pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Disney/Pixar contributor John Kahrs directed the brilliant and touching black-and-white Paperman which won this year’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short and played in theaters before Wreck–It Ralph. Major agencies were in hot pursuit because toons are such major profit centers right now and Kahrs had worked on Tangled, The IncrediblesMonsters IncRatatouilleToy Story 2, and A Bug’s Life. … Read More »

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Round 2? Is It Now CAA Vs WME? Neither?

By | Saturday June 15, 2013 @ 12:38pm PDT

No clue if this is the start of a revenge campaign or a bit of photoshopping. But one of Deadline’s comments did suggest on June 11th that “bloWME also works” so that may have been the genesis of the idea. Now Dan Mirvish (co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival) … Read More »

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UPDATE: WME Scraps Plan For Phase Two Attack On CAA; First Slam Ads All Down

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 10:35am PDT

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE 10:30 AM: WME officially tell me that it has just canceled plans for its Phase Two attack on CAA. “We’re shutting it down. It’s not worth it. The fun we had is done,” the agency said. “It’s not worth it.” Phase Two was going to mock CAA’s lavish headquarters and company … Read More »

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WME Was Responsible For CAA “CAAN’T” Attack Ads Posted At Century City Mall

By and | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 5:31pm PDT

4TH UPDATE 5:30 PMRefresh for latest:  More photos:

EXCLUSIVE 3RD UPDATE 2:10 PM: Nikki Finke just learned that WME was responsible for today’s “CAAN’T” ad attack against rival CAA. The William Morris Endeavor agency will not comment publicly. But an insider just broke silence and told Finke: “We thought it was funny. So we put it up. Someone did a logo here and arranged for the ads to go up around town, not just in Century City Mall but in other strategic places. We also arranged for someone to wear a “CAAN’T” T-shirt on this morning’s Today Show. Everyone takes themselves too seriously.  Have some humor.” When the story first broke, Deadline contacted rival agencies around town to see if they were responsible. All denied they had anything to do with the campaign except WME which did not return repeated calls. Besides the mall, the ads were posted in areas of La Brea and Santa Monica, according to eyewitnesses. Wearing the “CAAN’T” T-shirt on the Today Show was a busty brunette who drew maximum attention. Meanwhile, David O. Russell has denied to Deadline that he was the director described in the New York Post blind item on Page Six. Meanwhile, all attempts to pull down the “CAAN’T” ads at Century Mall have ended.

2ND UPDATE 1:30 PM: A JC Decaux rep is at Century City Mall and management told Deadline’s Jen Yamato that the company received word to take down the ads. Looks like mall management and security is starting with the most prominent one displayed in the Food Court during lunchtime. However, a half hour later they’ve had difficulty removing it possibly because it’s a scrolling ad and not just a standard poster. From what she can see, attempts have halted.

UPDATE 12:45 PM: Deadline is told that the ad agency JC Decaux sold the ads and is now ”working with” Century City Mall security and management to take down the placards.

11:30 PM: There’s a blitz of anti-CAA ads up everywhere at LA’s Century City Mall today. The placards with CAA’s signature red-with-white lettering reads “CAAN’T” are splashed everywhere at the mall, which is two blocks away from the talent agency’s headquarters. CAA just heard about the ads, which popped up this morning starting in the popular Food Court, and is asking Westfield Century City where they came from. Westfield management isn’t talking yet, as they’re scrambling themselves to find out what’s going on. On-site mall management told Deadline that 78 ads have been taken out. Rival agencies around town are denying starting to deny they had anything to do with the campaign. A website,, has emerged showing on its homepage only a recent Page Six item from the NY Post. It refers to a “recently nominated Oscar director” who “loudly groused in a high-level meeting about being frustrated with his Hollywood agency by yelling: ‘They should be called Caan’t! Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Robert Zemeckis Leaves CAA

UPDATE 7:50 PM: I’ve  just been given this exclusive statement from Paul Bloch at Rogers & Cowan: “After a 30-year association with Creative Artists Agency, Robert Zemeckis has decided to take a hiatus with the firm and step back for the time being. Mr. Zemeckis is very appreciative of the work they have accomplished together. He has no immediate plans for representation by a different agency.”

EXCLUSIVE 6:45 PM: My sources tell me the Academy Award-winning director of Forrest Gump exited the agency on Thursday. Robert Zemeckis has been a long-time CAA client dating back to Mike Ovitz when he and Jack Rapke, now Zemeckis’ producing partner, were the director’s agents. In more recent years Zemeckis was repped by Richard Lovett at the head of a team of agents. Zemeckis’ legendary career had cooled in recent years especially because of the uneven reception of his repeated use of motion capture technology. But he was considered back on top with the success of 2012′s Paramount actioner Flight which earned two Academy Award nominations including Best Actor (for Denzel Washington). And Zemeckis accomplished that and its $161M worldwide gross with only a $30 million budget. (Rapke brought Zemeckis the script and told the director that Washington was interested.) Since August 2011, Zemeckis has a two-year first-look producing deal with Universal Studios where he made his worldwide mega-hit Back To The Future threequel. I can tell you that, unlike many such situations involving major Hollywood talent contemplating an agency exit, there was no hint about this in the tenpercentery world where intel is currency. Needless to say, it’s always tough when an agency loses this caliber of prestigious and respected and visionary client (the USC School of Cinematic Arts houses the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts), and CAA doesn’t lose many – that’s for sure. So expect a feeding frenzy in the future to represent Zemeckis. In fact the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this month  Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Rachel McAdams Fires UTA

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 6:52pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: Rachel McAdams and her Magnolia Entertainment manager Shelley Browning today fired UTA after a seven-year stint together. Browning met with Tracey Jacobs and other members of Rachel McAdams’ agency team this afternoon. Howard Fishman remains her attorney. … Read More »

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CAA Retreating in Rancho Palos Verdes

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 2:19pm PDT

If your calls or emails haven’t been returned in timely fashion yesterday and today, that’s because CAA is attending a retreat at the Terranea Resort in nearby Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit By Managers Challenging Talent Agencies Act

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 1:37pm PST

Personal managers took it on the chin Tuesday in U.S. District Court when Judge Dean Pregerson wouldn’t touch California’s Talent Agencies Act. Instead the judge threw out an outrageously broad lawsuit filed by the National Conference of Personal Managers seeking to overturn the state’s … Read More »

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Jeff Berg’s Resolution Hires Two Veteran CAA Motion Picture Agents

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran motion picture agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer – who represent some very prominent directors, writers and producers – are joining Jeff Berg‘s new Resolution as senior agents after 25 years with CAA. Berg made the announcement today. Of course, it isn’t yet … Read More »

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OSCARS: Who Went Where This Weekend

By and | Sunday February 24, 2013 @ 1:20am PST

4TH UPDATE: An eclectic mix of current and former moguls, executives, producers, directors, and of course actors attended the marquee pre-Oscar parties as well as famed artists, museum directors, fashion designers, music icons, and star athletes. Barry Diller’s luncheon for Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter Saturday was smaller than usual. That night, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ‘Night Before’ Oscar MPTF fundraiser avoided a union picket line. The agency parties dominated Thursday and Friday nights. CAA‘s was bigger than in past years when 200-300 guests crowded Bryan Lourd’s home. This time about 500 gathered at luxe Greystone Mansion for Old Hollywood glamour with men dressed ascots (well, Bryan Lourd) and women given gardenia corsages. WME‘s was held at Ari Emanuel’s home as usual and UTA‘s at Jim Berkus’ house again. ICM Partners‘ was held at the home of agent Hildy Gottlieb. Few of these names need introductions and most are in random order:

Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar Pre-Party Saturday night: Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Kravitz, Lisa Bonet, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Lukas Haas, Emmy Rossum, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Salma Hayek, Robert De Niro, Chace Crawford, Ian Somerhalder, David O Russell, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Stiles, Crispin Struthers, Nina Garcia, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, Quentin Tarantino, Christoph Waltz, Russell Simmons, Matthew Morrison, Chris Tucker.

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ‘Night Before’ Oscar MPTF Fundraiser Saturday night: Robert Iger, Jim Gianopulos, Brad Grey, Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Murdoch, Ryan Kavanaugh, David O Russell, Brett Ratner, Chris Albrecht, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ari Emanuel, Jim Berkus, Ron Perelman, Ron Meyer, Steve Tisch, Ron Burkle, Brian Grazer, Alan Horn, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Chris Evans, Hugh Jackman, Ed Helms, Ed Westwick, Emily VanCamp, Eric Stonestreet, George Clooney, Will Smith, Jean Dujardin, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessica Chastain, Jim Parsons, Kristin Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Michael Keaton, Michael Strahan, Octavia Spencer, Robin Thicke, Rita Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Black, Theresa Palmer, Viola Davis, Aaron Paul, Adrien Brody, Ahna O’Reilly, Alexander Skarsgard, Alyssa Milano, Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, Nathan Fillion, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Armie Hammer, Brittany Snow, Camryn Manheim, Carla Gugino, Chace Crawford, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Day Lewis, Don Johnson, Emily VanCamp, Ellie Kemper, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Gerard Butler, Henry Cavill, Jacki Weaver, James Marsden, James Spader, John Hawkes, Judy Greer, Julie Bowen, Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Kerry Washington, Laura Dern, Malin Ackerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Marisa Tomei, Matthew Morrison, Michael Chiklis, Michael Sheen, Nina Dobrev, Olivia Munn, Patrick Stewart, Robert DeNiro, Rebel Wilson, Rashida Jones, Russell Crowe, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Rockwell, Sean Hayes, Seth Rogan, Taylor Lautner, Tommy Lee Jones, Zooey Deschanel

Disney/Pixar Celebration Saturday night: John Lasseter, Mark Andrews, Katherine Sarafian, John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Kevin McKidd, Alan Bergman, Robert Iger, Steve Purcell, Alan Horn, John Ratzenberger.

Sony Pictures Classics Dinner Saturday night: Pablo Larrain, Michael Barker, Dror Moreh, Tom Bernard, Michael Haneke, Gael Garcia Bernal, Antonia Zegers, Malik Bendjelloul

Zavala-Kahane-Sugar-Wald Party Saturday night: Jean Dujardin, Emma Watson, Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Stonestreet, Diablo Cody, Russell Brand, Greta Gerwig, Chris Terrio, Tobey Maguire, Pamela Anderson, Michael B. Jordan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Krasinski, Chris Pratt, Taylor Lautner, James Schamus, Ed Westwick, Russell Brand, Emma Watson, Liam Hemsworth, Johnny Galecki, Adam Scott, Joel Kinnaman, January Jones, Felicity Jones, Nicholas Jarecki, Michael Sucsy, Wolfgang Hammer, Jim Stern, Jeb Brody, Edgar Wright, Sean Avery, Steve Gaghan, Ari Graynor, Lizzy Caplan, Nick Kroll, Ben Barnes, Kimba, Emile Hirsch, E.L. James, Morrissey, Adrianne Palicki, Miranda Cosgrove, Imogen Poots, Anna Faris, Sue Kroll, Greg Silverman, Joel Madden, Ryan Coogler, Baron Davis, Michael Bacall, Lorene Scafaria, Kelli Garner.

Barry Diller’s Party Saturday luncheon: John Burnham, Russell Simmons, Tom Brokaw, Fran Leibowitz, Andy Lack, Les Moonves, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Eisner, Ron Perelman, Eric Schmidt, Penny Marshall, Brett Ratner, Rupert Murdoch, Wendy Murdoch, Irwin Winkler, Quincy Jones, Larry Mark, Steve Gaghan, Kevin McCormick, Jim Berkus, Joel Silver, Jim Brooks, Steve Martin, Jane Fonda, Richard Perry, Terry Semel, Bob Daly, Valentino, Jonathan Dolgen, Larry Gordon, Jim Wiatt, Brian Grazer, Scott Berg, Rick Rubin, Warren Beatty, Jeremy Thomas, George Hamilton, Donald DeLine, Dawn Hudson, Eric Fellner, Brad Grey, Ron Meyer, Tobey Maguire, Stacey Sher, Philippe Dauman, Gus Van Sant, Mitch Glazer, Steve Tisch, Harvey Weinstein, Tom Freston, Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane, Bob Evans, Vivi Nevo, Kelly Lynch, Tom Hooper.

WME Party Friday night: Charlize Theron, Michael Moore, Russell Simmons, Ben Affleck, Viola Davis, Ryan Coogler, Ahna O’Reilly, Michael B. Jordan, Harvey Weinstein, Gael Garcia Bernal, Chris Tucker, Dermot Mulroney, Catherine Zeta Jones, Shawn Levy, Joel Silver, Emma Watson, Jake Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman, Lara Spencer, Amber Heard, Morrissey, Kenny Sharpe, Mark Bradford, Jeffrey Deitch, Adam Scott, Molly Simms, Taylor Lautner, Larry David, Diablo Cody, Jay Roach, Tyra Banks, Amy Adams, Chloe Moretz, Benh Zeitlin, Tom Shadyac, Albert Brooks, Liam Hemsworth, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden, Michael Bay, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Les Moonves, Julie Chen, Brian Grazer, Tom Thayer, Joaquin Phoenix, Rob Riggle, Kelsey Grammer, Tracey Ullman, Conan O’Brien, Octavia Spencer, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Tobey Maguire, David Spade, Hugh Jackman, Jenna Elfman, Armie Hammer, Joel McHale, Emile Hirsch, John C Reilly, Shepard Fairey, Philipe Dauman, Brad Grey, Lupe Fiasco, Russell Brand, Neill Blomkamp, Jeff Robinov, Jennifer Garner, Casey Affleck, Allen Hughes, Patrick Stewart, Joel McHale, Randall Emmett.

UTA Party Friday nght: Daniel Radcliffe, John Gatins, Stephen Gaghan, Will Forte, Neve Campbell, Mark Ruffalo, Amy Pascal, Brian Grazer, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Naomi Campbell, John Gatins, Paul Rudd, Kirsten Dunst, Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg, Brad Grey, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kevin Tsujihara, Adam Goodman, Lorne Michaels, Jeffrey Deitch, David Ellison, Sean Bailey, Brad Bird, Philippe Dauman, Paul Walker, Joel Kinnaman, Olivia Munn, Mike White, Li Bing Bing, Tom Freston, Jerry Bruckheimer, Les Moonves, Rashida Jones, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Gaghan, Sue Naegle, Steve Levitan, Will Forte, Scott Burns, Jai Courtney, Lake Bell, John Krokidas, James Ponsoldt, Juno Temple, Michael Angarano, Reid Carolin, Jack Rapke, Greg Silverman, Steve Tisch, Jerry Weintraub, Robert Kyncl, Darren Star, Jeff Robinov, Victor Garber, Vivi Nevo.

CAA Party Friday night: Lorne Michaels, George Clooney, Bill Maher, J.J, Abrams, Vivi Nevo, Les Moonves, Philippe Dauman, Brad Grey, Alexander Payne, Jason Statham, Madonna, Graydon Carter, Jim Gianopulos, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Downey Jr, Madonna, Gerard Butler, Valentino, Eric Schmidt, Naomi Watts, Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Matt Weiner, Helen Hunt, Chris Pine, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin, Barry Diller, Bob Daly, Harvey Weinstein, Jeff Robinov, Jessica Chastain, Jane Rosenthal, Jerry Bruckheimer, Emma Watts, Tom Rothman, Elizabeth Gabler, Greg Silverman, Kevin Tsujihara, Donna Langley, David O Russell, Harvey Weinstein, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Chris Paul, Valentino, Tom Ford, Diane von Furstenberg.
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Ex-CAA Agent Isabella Brewster To Resolution

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 11:52pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that the CAA talent agent Isabella Brewster who turned manager is turning back into a talent agent. She starts at Jeff Berg’s Resolution Agency on Monday. Sources say the tenpercentery likes that Brewster specializes in young talent, especially ethnically and racially diverse talent (Hispanics, African-Americans, etc). She … Read More »

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2ND UPDATE: David Unger Leaves ICM Partners For Resolution; Also Robert Lazar

2ND UPDATE, 6:20 PM Writethru: It’s official. Resolution Agency Chairman Jeff Berg announced just now that, after 15 years at ICM, talent and literary agent David Unger is joining. Unger is the first ICM agent to … Read More »

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Jeff Berg’s Resolution Hires Steve Alexander

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 3:02pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Alexander was not just a very popular CAA talent agent for 10 years but also Heath Ledger’s, Jeff Bridges’ and Natalie Portman’s rep. After Ledger’s death, he left the agency business to go into management and … Read More »

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Winners Of The Deadline Caption Contest: Meet Resolution (And Congrats, Everyone)

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 7:11am PST

TUESDAY AM UPDATE: First, you should know that Jeff Berg and his new Resolution Agency colleagues thought this caption contest was hilarious. Like, duh, they know how old they are. They also know that they’re wiser and richer and badder than all you wusses who complained it was ageist. … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Berg Opens New Agency ‘Resolution’ Monday; UPDATE: Investor ID

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE 7 PM: I can now reveal the identity of Jeff Berg’s principal investor and financial partner. His name is Jahm Najafi, a former Salomon Bros banker active in real estate and private equity with investments in diverse companies and brands. According to news reports, he isn’t in the deal-making stratosphere, but the CEO of Phoenix-based private equity firm Najafi Companies is in the mix of many high-profile deals. MORE BELOW

EXCLUSIVE 1:54 PM: Inside 1801 Century Park East on the entire 23rd floor, Jeff Berg‘s new full-service Resolution agency capitalized with about $200 million is opening its doors on Monday. The offices are still being painted and the Jeff Berg Resolution Hollywood Agencybathrooms are a work in progress. But the longtime ICM Chairman at age 65 just moved into the new space this weekend now that the phones and Internet are up and running and the conference room is finished. Today he’s calling clients. He’s already more than a week ahead of schedule. Over the next six months, Hollywood and New York and Nashville will witness a series of announcements about agents being hired from the top tenpercenteries and midlevel executives being culled from the Industry. Most are still in secret negotiations on Resolution contracts, others are signing non-disclosure agreements, several are in the process of being raided, and still more are daily dialing Berg to inquire about coming over. Their own companies don’t know they’re even contemplating departures. There hasn’t been a major full-service agency start-up like this since Endeavor was formed in 1995 by four former ICM agents who left Berg et al in a midnight stealth. Resolution will keep making headlines as Berg slowly builds his film/TV/talent/literary/music/publishing/digital tenpercentery to an anticipated staffing level of 35 agents plus support staff in LA, 25 agents in NYC, and 10 agents in Nashville. He’s still not settled on his Manhattan office, looking at a variety of spaces in Midtown, Downtown, Chelsea. “He’ll figure that out,” an insider tells me.

It only took him 8-to-10 weeks to set up Resolution doing it primarily by mobile phone, a gmail account, and temporary digs. Berg already has Resolution’s executive infrastructure put together: his COO will be his new partner, former music agent Jeff Franklin, CFO will be former William Morris Agency Finance Director Laura Li, and chief counsel will be former Universal Business Affairs’ Jonathan Gumpert (father of Andrew Gumpert who runs business affairs at Sony Pictures). Still to come is a “people person” senior agent who will function as the catalyst to help keep morale at a high level — because no one knows better than Iceberg what his reputation was and still is. I understand that Berg and Franklin went far with a top CAA senior agent who ultimately stayed put.
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