WME talent agent Michael Cooper is jumping to CAA, bringing with him clients Josh Brolin, Charlie Hunnam, and a few others. Cooper was considered William Morris chief Jim Wiatt’s go-to guy because he used to be an assistant on the CEO’s desk. At one point, Cooper was tipped to co-head the Morris talent department. But he lost clout at WME when Wiatt was exited before the Endeavor merger. The move to CAA by Cooper, who is the veteran HBO & DreamWorks exec Bob Cooper’s son, also reunites a bit of a boys club from the old Morris (Todd Feldman, Joel Lubin).
WME and manager Robert Stein have been dropped by Mark Ruffalo. It happened a month ago, but for some reason it hasn’t registered with Gaby Morgerman. Ruffalo for now is parked with his lawyer. Yesterday, his Sympathy For Delicious film won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize and marks his directing debut.
Paradigm and agent Andrew Rogers have parted company. He’s taking Michael Cera and a few other clients with him. “Michael’s contract was up and he has other plans,” a source tells me.
ICM has signed Michael Keaton, who recently completed production on The Other Guys; Oscar-winner Alan Arkin who recently wrapped Due Date; David Scearce, who is vying for an Independent Spirit Award for A Single Man which he co-wrote; Garry Shandling, best known for his two iconic series, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show; and Aasif Mandvi, a writer and on-air correspondent for The Daily Show who’s in M. Night Shymalan’s The Last Airbender; Eric Stonestreet who stars in the hit series Modern Family; and Émile Gaudreault, the Canadian filmmaker whose De Pere En Flic (Fathers and Guns) became the highest-grossing local French-language film there.