United Talent’s Jeremy Zimmer just signed away Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, writer/director of the 2007 Best Foreign Language Oscar winning The Lives Of Others (aka Germany’s Das Leben der Anderen released in 2006), from CAA’s Beth Swofford. (He’d been initially signed by CAA’s Tory Metzger who left in May for MRC.) “Florian woke up realizing he’d been at CAA two years, and nothing had really happened. He didn’t feel he had made any progress. So to focus in on things he wanted to do, he made a change to get moving with what his agenda is,” a UTA insider told me.
Also this week, Best Actor Oscar winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins left CAA for Endeavor. Hopkins had been a Rick Nicita client, but after Rick’s departure from the agency, Kevin Huvane couldn’t keep the actor. Though his big Hannibal Lecter paydays may be behind him, Hopkins is still a sought-after client and had been at William Morris and ICM before CAA.