Who’s Who Of NSA And Tech Heavyweights Brought Together At WME Annual Retreat

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 11:56am PST

wmelogo__130130012227-200x113WME is wrapping up its third day of its annual retreat at La Costa Resort & Spa and the roster of speakers the agency has put together is looking more and more each year like a mini-Herb Allen Sun Valley Conference. The mini, however, is major with 450 WME agents gathered to listen to such prominent names as former CIA director and four-star Gen. Michael Hayden who once headed the National Security Administration and returned again this year. He headlines a roster that includes former and current Google and Facebook executives and even more political heavies. Also, one of the highlights, agents say, was Anne Wojciciki, one of the co-founders of 23andMe, a biotech and genomics company which her husband’s company Google invested heavily into (along with Genetech). It produces direct-to-consumer personal genome test kits that can determine inherited traits and genetic risk factors. Another speaker said to have one of the strongest presentations was Regina Dugan, the former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the first first female director to run the intelligence group before leaving for Google. She spoke about ingenuity and how you can be successful if you use the tools presented before you. She has previously done a series of TED talks. “It’s been really quite remarkable this year,” said one agent in attendance. “It like a bunch of really cool TED talks. I have learned so much.”

ari emanuelpatrick-whitesellEach year WME executives Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell gather their agents for three days to listen to talks from some of the most influential people in America. This year’s lineup is said to include Deputy NSA Advisor Thomas Donilon, who stepped down in June 2013 and has worked with the Obama administration in various capacities; and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer for Facebook and author of the book Lean-In about how to motivate women to take their place in the executive ranks. FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit - Day 2She is on the board of the Walt Disney Co. and used to work at Google in sales and helped launch Google’s philanthrophic endeavors. She was also the chief of staff for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Joining them are Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom (who previously worked at Google where he helped implement Gmail and other offerings); Mixed in with this prestigious group of political and tech speakers will be Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, which owns and operates some of the country’s largest amphitheaters and and concert venues such as the House of Blues, Snoop-Dogg_5Hollywood Palladium, and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Guests also include WME’s rapper-musician-composer-producer Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg. 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 Names 11 New Agency Partners

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 12:10pm PST
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EXCLUSIVE: WME Entertainment minted 11 new partners, formally announcing them at the agency retreat held last week at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad. The new partners are:

Tim Curtis (commercial/voiceover); Jay Williams, (Nashville-based music agent); Joey Lee (Nashville-based music agent); Alicia … Read More »

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Jake Gyllenhaal Leaves CAA For WME

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 3:30pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Not long after leaving his longtime manager, actor Jake Gyllenhaal has left his longtime agency. He grew up, so to speak, at CAA as one of Kim Hodgert’s first clients. I’m assured his … Read More »

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UPDATE: John Fogelman’s Plans Post-WME

2ND UPDATE, FRIDAY 3 PM: This morning after being intro’ed by Patrick Whitesell, John Fogelman stood up at WME’s quarterly meeting inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and gave a small “I-was-lucky-to-work-here” speech. He received a standing ovation. Love … Read More »

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Helmer Chris Columbus Exits CAA For WME

By | Thursday November 4, 2010 @ 10:25am PDT

The wildly successful director/producer/writer who of course helmed the first two Harry Potters (Sorcerers Stone & Chamber Of Secrets) and produced the entire film series of JK Rowling’s novels just gave his notice today to CAA and immediately signed with WME … Read More »

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BIG DEAL: WME Forms 1/3 Of New Global Marketing Services Spinoff Company

By | Friday September 17, 2010 @ 5:21pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: There’s no announcement of this yet. And details are still very sketchy. But I’ve just learned that WME Entertainment’s Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell  have negotiated a deal to join with heavy-hitters Trivergance Founder/Chairman Marc Byron (formerly CEO … Read More »

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WME Dumps Mel Gibson As Agency Client Because “He Used The N-Word”


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4:20 PM UPDATE: I’ve just learned that WME Entertainment actually fired Mel Gibson the day before his longtime Hollywood agent Ed Limato’s death last weekend. I’m told … Read More »

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