EXCLUSIVE … 9:45 PM UPDATE: Paradigm has just done an about-face. A new internal memo was sent by the Hollywood agency to all Paradigm employees with the subject heading: “Important Paradigm Update – We have informed Jose Baez tonight that we will not be representing him.” Asked for comment, a Paradigm insider tells me, “In the end it’s just not who we are.” I can only imagine what the blowback must have been like.
Earlier in the day, around 4 PM, Paradigm sent out an internal memo to its employees proudly announcing the Baez signing. But Paradigm also maintained, “We have not and have NO INTENTION of signing Casey Anthony.” But the agency signed her defense attorney in all areas including broadcasting, books, TV and motion picture rights. No matter what you think of the jury verdict, Baez is hot and in demand by the media because he’s controversial, so the Hollywood agents came calling. Jim Griffin was the signing agent. For 5 1/2 hours.