The next few weeks will see still more layoffs at WME Entertainment. (I’ve been told between 15 and 18.) But UTA already has snapped up longtime Endeavor talent agent Kevin Volchok who was let go from WME late Friday afternoon. Volchok met with UTA bigwigs on Saturday morning and by the end of the day had a deal to join the agency. The tenpercenter had worked for Adam Venit at CAA and then moved to Endeavor with Venit in 1996. He was promoted to agent in 1998 and built a list which includes Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Ron Livingston, Rob Corddry, Lauren German, Oscar Isaac, Eugene Levy, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Purcell, Amy Smart and Mark Valley. Most, if not all, are expected to follow Volchok to UTA, which continues to be the biggest beneficiary of the William Morris/Endeavor merger. (Or should I say the Endeavor takeover of Morris?)
I also hear that New York agent Bonnie Bernstein is out at WME. “A big deal,” a source tells me. “She had a lot of good clients.)
2ND UPDATE: Writer/director Bryan Bertino has been one of Paradigm’s biggest clients in its small motion picture lit department, but now he’s left. (He also fired his manager Michael Connolly.) Sources now tell me it was “because he couldn’t get his movie Green Eyes together that is in turnaround at Paramount even though he had Charlize Theron attached to star with Scott Rudin producing. No one would touch it because it is too small, too dark and too depressing.” Anyway, he’s heading to CAA.