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UTA Defectors Took Key Clients With Them To Endeavor: Whither Apatow?

juddapatow1.jpgI’m told these are the clients who immediately followed those three UTA talent agents – UTA co-owner Nick Stevens and his partners Sharon Sheinwold and Lisa Hallerman who together left a week ago – to Endeavor. Listed in no particular order: Ben Stiller which I previously reported, Jack Black, Jason Lee, John C. Reilly, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Amy Heckerling, Rob Letterman, David Wayne, Frank Coraci, Tom Dey. Even though Endeavor won’t confirm this list, it’s firm.

UTA is still staking its claim to Owen Wilson, Patrick Dempsey, Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Saturday Night Live cast members Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Casey Wilson. But things are definitely very fluid so stay tuned.

What happens with Judd Apatow, however, is anybody’s guess. True, the movie mogul is self-generating when it comes to projects and doesn’t think he needs an agent right now. But Apatow’s manager and producer Jimmy Miller has systematically put many of his UTA clients with CAA in recent years because of friction with Stevens who has repped Apatow for seemingly forever. However, Miller is a close pal of Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel who has mutual client Sasha Baron Cohen. So it will be interesting to watch where Judd goes, if anywhere.

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    Ben Stiller On Nick Stevens…

    By | Sunday April 6, 2008 @ 3:04pm PDT

    stevens-stars-100.jpgAs I reported yesterday, Ben Stiller is following his agent Nick Stevens from United Talent Agency to Endeavor. This was expected. Today, the actor/writer/director/producer issued this statement through his publicist: “I think Nick Stevens is a unique entity in this business: an agent with integrity, a point of view, and most of all, humanity. He’s Jerry Maguire at the end of the movie. I would be with him if he was working out of the Sunglass Hut at the Beverly Center.”

    Shocker! UTA’s Nick Stevens To Endeavor; His Two Talent Dept Partners Follow…

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    Shocker! UTA’s Nick Stevens To Endeavor; His Two Talent Dept Partners Follow…

    2ND UPDATE: United Talent has been holding urgent strategy meetings all day.

    UPDATE: Ben Stiller will be following Nick Stevens to Endeavor, according to his publicist.

    united-talent.JPGEXCLUSIVE: I’m told that, at 10 pm last night, United Talent Agency was formally notified by an attorney for longtime Talent Department managing director and agency co-owner Nick Stevens that he’s jumping to rival Endeavor. Insiders tell me that two UTA partners in the Talent Department who work closely with him, Lisa Hallerman and Sharon Sheinwold, are following the 44-year-old uber-agent out the door. The high-profile defections were related to my reporting last week of an ugly “heated and loud” 5th floor closed-door meeting inside UTA. endeavorlarge.JPGThat’s where certain partners took advantage of Nick Stevens’ being out of town on a family vacation to take aim at the two women. This happened on the heels of UTA moving to unseat Stevens as a board member. What took place next was a week-long frenzy of secret negotiations between the tenpercenter and Endeavor that was touch-and-go until Friday night when the new deal was mostly in place.

    stevens-stars-10.JPGWhat is transpiring can only be described as a seismic shift for the two agencies, and Hollywood talent representation in general. It’s too early to confirm exactly which clients like Ben Stiller, Judd Apatow, Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Jason Lee, Jason Bateman, Patrick Dempsey, Jonah … Read More »

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