EXCLUSIVE: WME has just signed Peter Segal and his Callahan Filmworks producing partner Michael Ewing. The duo has been on the move lately. They left CAA in April to rejoin their longtime agent Adam Kanter at upstart agency Resolution. Now they have moved again. Segal most recently helmed the Warner Bros comedy Grudge Match, which stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as former boxers who get in the ring one last time to settle a long dispute. Callahan Filmworks produced with Bill Gerber. Segal’s comedy credits include Tommy Boy, The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates, Anger Management and Get Smart, so it’s a good get for WME. Segal is still repped by attorney Lawrence Rose.
NEW YORK and BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – JULY 11, 2013 – Industry-leading global creative agency Droga5 today announced that William Morris Endeavor (WME), one of the world’s preeminent entertainment companies, will acquire a minority stake in the agency.
“Droga5 has always endeavored to be the most influential creative agency in the business, with ideas that move our clients and our industry forward,” said David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman, Droga5. “This partnership will exponentially accelerate our ability to realize that ambition.”
Agency Signings: ‘Have And Have Nots’ Tika Sumpter; ‘Boardwalk Empire’s’ Stephen Graham, Ashley Hinshaw & ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Blake Berris
Tika Sumpter has signed with WME. Appearing in OWN’s freshman hit Tyler Perry drama series The Haves And Have Nots, Sumpter also has been on Gossip Girl and in the feature Sparkle. Sumpter has roles in a …
EXCLUSIVE: Theater veterans Michael Mayer and Stephen Karam have signed with WME. Mayer received a Tony Award for his direction of Spring Awakening and was nominated for his work on Thoroughly Modern Millie. Karam is best known for writing Sons Of The Prophet, which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and won Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner awards for Best Play. The pair come from CAA, as the one-upsmanship continues between Hollywood’s two top talent agencies. Now the competition seems to be spreading to New York, where things aren’t nearly as rabid.
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 …
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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, CAANT.com, 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!
EXCLUSIVE: WME came back from Cannes with a trio of offshore directing talents, as the agency signed Jorge Dorado, Erik Skjoldbjaerg, and Mikkel Norgaard. Dorado made his feature directing debut with the psychological thriller Mindscape for Studio Canal starring Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Taissa Farmiga and produced by Jaume Collet-Sera. The film is slated for a fall 2013 release. Warner Bros is distributing foreign and domestic will be sold shortly. Dorado has directed many award-winning shorts including La Guerra, which won 47 awards at festivals around the world. He has also been assistant director on more than 20 films by the likes of Pedro Almodovar, Baz Luhrmann, and Guillermo del Toro. He is managed by Tom Drumm.
Norgaard is the director of Klown, the 2012 pic that became the highest-grossing Danish film of all time. He is currently in post on Keeper Of Lost Causes, a film that screened in Cannes for distributors. The film is based on the bestselling series of novels that Nik Arcel adapted as a trilogy. The movie will be released in October and the sequel, also written by Arcel for Norgaard to direct, will shoot in September.