Fired WME Assistant Finds Film Success

By | Monday November 19, 2012 @ 9:50am PST

Here’s hope for any Hollywood assistant who feels locked into a dead-end job. Over the years, as we know, the major agencies dump dozens of assistants for a variety of real or perceived slights. Well, one WME assistant fired after an Ari Emanuel-conducted witch-hunt a few years back has made good. His … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Robert Redford Changes Agencies And Exits CAA For WME

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 12:16pm PST

Robert Redford Hollywood Talent AgencyEXCLUSIVE: “It was time to make a change,” an insider tells me about Robert Redford‘s decision to leave CAA for WME. Redford had spent 32 years as a client of Creative Artists Agency, originally signed by Michael Ovitz in 1980 away from the William Morris Agency. Now Redford is returning not to WMA but to WME (William Morris Endeavor). Which shows how everything in the Hollywood agency business often comes full circle. It was with CAA that the actor segued into a director and producer and entrepreneur and independent film icon through his Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Institute. Redford, who is 76, unveiled his latest directing effort at this year’s Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival — the all-star drama The Company You Keep which Redford stars in and directed. Sony Pictures Classics will release it in the Spring of next year. (“It is so great to see Redford back doing this kind of role again,” Sony Pictures Classics co-President Michael Barker told Deadline’s Pete Hammond at the time.) Redford stars as a successful family man whose violent past as a member of the radical 1960s Weather Underground is exposed by a young news reporter played by Shia LaBeouf. At Toronto, Redford took a bow during enthusiastic applause for the film. It’s the kind of material Redford, who won an Oscar for helming 1980′s Ordinary People, knows how to do very well. As an actor, Redford just wrapped a one-man tour de force in the drama All Is Lost written and directed by JC Chandor (Margin Call). Read More »

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Agency Signing Without The Star Treatment

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 6:42pm PDT

It’s not just the movie studios who seemingly don’t care about stars anymore. Now it’s some Hollywood agencies, too. It used to be that every tenpercentery would make a big deal about signing well-known talent by trumpeting the news. But in recent … Read More »

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Chris Hemsworth Picks CAA As New Agency

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 11:59am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hemsworth is proving to be a go-to young guy for big ticket Hollywood fare. Particularly after Marvel’s Thor and The Avengers and also Universal’s Snow White And The Huntsman. He is starring in Thor 2 and will … Read More »

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Top Agency Count: Primetime Emmys 2012

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 9:12am PDT

Emmy 2012 Winners AgenciesSummary

WME – 30 Winners
CAA – 29 Winners
UTA – 15 Winners
ICM - 10 Winners
APA – 4 Winners
Paradigm – 2 Winners
Gersh – 2 Winners
Innovative Artists – 1 Winner

Names of Winners

WME - 30

Writing For A Drama Series: Homeland
Written by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff

Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Directing For a Miniseries Or A Movie
Jay Roach, Game Change

Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Miniseries or Movie: Game Change
Jay Roach, Executive Producer

Outstanding Drama Series: Homeland
Alex Gansa, Executive Producer
Howard Gordon, Executive Producer
Michael Cuesta, Executive Producer
Gideon Raff, Executive Producer
Avi Nir, Executive Producer
Ran Telem, Executive Producer
Alexander Cary, Co-Executive Producer
Meredith Stiehm, Consulting Producer
Cindy Chupack, Co-Executive Producer

Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger (PBS)
Kevin Clash, Producer

Outstanding Nonfiction Special: George Harrison: Living In The Material World (HBO)
Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Executive Producer For Sikelia Productions
Produced by Martin Scorsese

Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Children’s Hospital (Cartoon Network)
Rob Corddry, Executive Producer
David Wain, Executive Producer

Outstanding Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jill Katz, Producer

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Kevin Bleyer, Writer
John Oliver, Writer
Jason Ross, Writer
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Jennifer Lopez Drops UTA For CAA: Is This The Start Of Another Career Shake-Up?

By | Monday August 13, 2012 @ 12:05pm PDT

UPDATE: So what else is new? J-Lo over the years has disposed of more Hollywood agencies than boyfriends including CAA, ICM, Endeavor, and William Morris – sometimes more than once. So now she’s returned to CAA after a … Read More »

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Video From WME Quarterly Meeting II

By | Monday July 2, 2012 @ 9:26am PDT

Looks like a sequel got the green light at WME, which has posted another quarterly staff meeting video, this one featuring unscripted department agents Mark Itkin, Lance Klein, Colin Reno, Chris Newman, Jad Dayeh, and others. It’s directed by Ben Fast and written by Fast and Scott Wolman.

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Video From WME Quarterly Staff Meeting

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 11:55am PDT

WME client Mo Mandel trades places with his agent for one day to find out whose job is more difficult. Bizarre truths and inside jokes ensue. Directed and edited by Oren Kaplan for WME’s quarterly staff meeting:

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TOLDJA! ICM Management Buyout Complete

UPDATE: It’s been a long, winding, and troubled road which began more than a year ago, but ICM President Chris Silbermann now has completed his management buyout – thus putting an official end to what was a destabilizing period for … Read More »

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ITV Studios America Leaves ICM For WME

By | Tuesday May 22, 2012 @ 12:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ITV Studios AgencyEXCLUSIVE: After seven years at ICM and a total of 15 with agent Greg Lipstone, ITV Studios America has signed with WME in all areas, including unscripted and scripted TV. The company (then Granada America) … Read More »

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Cash Windfalls For WME Agents, Assistants

EXCLUSIVE: A lot of WME staffers tomorrow get handed checks courtesy of that recent deal with strategic equity partner Silver Lake Partners. The agency won’t say who gets how much, but a source tells me, “There are some checks that … Read More »

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How Agencies Did At This Year’s Upfronts: New Scripted Series Package Scorecard

By | Sunday May 20, 2012 @ 2:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The upfronts serve as a scorecard for the major agencies’ television departments. Here is our count for agency packages on the 39 new scripted primetime series ordered by the broadcast networks for the 2012/2013 season. Most of the agency totals include shared packages. Obviously, this is a very narrow snapshot of the TV agency landscape by omitting unscripted shows, returning series, and cable. We will start to expand our scorecard into those areas beginning next year.

WME – 20 (14 dramas, 6 comedies)

The Neighbors, How To Live With Your Parents, Malibu Country, Last Resort, Mistresses, 666 Park Ave, Made In Jersey, Golden Boy, Vegas, Ben & Kate, The Following, Go On, The New Normal, Chicago Fire, Revolution, Hannibal, Infamous, Beauty & The Beast, Cult, Emily Owens, MD

CAA – 16 (8 dramas, 8 comedies)*

Malibu Country, Zero Hour, Nashville, Friend Me, Made In Jersey, Elementary, Goodwin Games, The Mob Doctor, The New Normal, Save Me, Animal Practice, Guys With Kids, Hannibal, Beauty & The Beast, Family Tools, Crossbones** (*CAA’s tally may go up to 17 because agency is in negotiations for a piece of the package on comedy How To Live With Your Parents, ** CAA is packaging involvement is through financing, UTA has full package on the show in the traditional sense)

UTA – 12 (6 dramas, 6 comedies)

Red Widow, Mistresses, Elementary, Friend Me, Emily Owens MD, Mindy, Goodwin Games, Save Me, Animal Practice, Next Caller, Do No Harm, Crossbones

ICM – 5 (3 dramas, 2 comedies)

Family Tools, Revolution, Infamous, 1600 Penn, The Mob Doctor
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It’s Official: WME-Silver Lake Announcement

By | Wednesday May 2, 2012 @ 10:55am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: WME Sets Silver Lake As Strategic Digital Equity Partner In Exchange For 31% Non-Controlling Minority Interest Of The Agency


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Power Outage Closes CAA Offices

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 8:40am PDT

CAA ClosedIf you’ve got any meetings over at CAA today, you might want to reschedule. The offices over at 2000 Avenue of the Stars are closed due to “an electrical problem in the building,” Deadline has learned. … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: ICM’s Chris Silbermann Nearly Completed With Management Buyout

ICM Implosion Stopped: Chris Silbermann Stays, Less Power For Jeff Berg
ICM Part 3: Agency Board & Rizvi Blow Off Silbermann’s Demands
ICM Part 2: Silbermann Forces Decision By Rizvi; Relying On Mike Ovitz
ICM Imploding! Silbermann & Berg Battle For Control

EXCLUSIVE: Insiders are telling me that ICM President Chris Silbermann has completed his management buyout except for the “little legalities”, thus putting an official end to what was a destabilizing period for the agency. The tenpercentery is going to be 100% owned and operated by its agents as soon as the lawyers “put in the periods and semicolons” on the contracts. ”This is truly exciting to be able to say to agents, ‘You’re going to own your company.’” It will emphasize ICM’s entrepreneurial culture and begin an expansion,” a source tells me. I understand that some agents are going to be exiting as a result. (“Those agents not asked to be partner will take it personally,” one of my sources explains.) Now it’s a waiting game to see who stays and who goes. (I’ll report only confirmed names, not rumored.) ICM so far has announced no details about this restructuring. Silbermann’s goal over the past year has been to take over the tenpercentery and obtain more ownership of the agency from its major investor: Connecticut-based Rizvi Traverse Management which has owned 40% of ICM. After some very difficult months behind the scenes and then played out in public, Suhail Rizvi eventually decided to play ball with Silbermann’s demands — or face the threat that his senior TV agents might walk out of the tenpercentery. Assisting Silbermann in this power play was Rick Levy, ICM’s Chief Business Development Officer & General Counsel who was a longtime confidante to ICM Chairman/CEO Jeff Berg until this buyout plan was hatched. I understand that Berg’s ownership of ICM also is being bought out and he has been offered to continue at the agency as Chairman Emeritus. Read More »

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CAA About To Undergo More Agent Exits

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 4:39pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The exodus from CAA just keeps continuing. Recent months have seen the departures of CAA agents Rand Holston, Mike Nilon, Jessica Matthews and Shari Smiley in November. Then Dan Aloni’s firing in February. Peter Loehr’s announced departure in March … Read More »

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Jesse Eisenberg Is Leaving ICM For CAA

EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Eisenberg is exiting ICM after more than a dozen years with the agent who helped put him in The Social Network which earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination. ICM hoped it could hold him, but sources tell me he was … Read More »

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Director Jodie Foster Meeting With Agencies

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 3:31pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: As an actress Jodie Foster is sticking with ICM which has long repped her. But as a director she’s taking agency meetings with UTA and Gersh. (CAA and WME wouldn’t rep her just for directing gigs.) ICM still hopes to … Read More »

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ICM Parting Ways With 3 Movie Lit Agents

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 6:51pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: This is being spun two ways to me. Either ICM is dismantling its movie department under President and newly in charge of the entire agency Chris Silbermann who’s all about the TV biz. Or else the  agency is emerging from its civil strife by just doing some Read More »

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