EXCLUSIVE: Veteran motion picture agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer – who represent some very prominent directors, writers and producers – are joining Jeff Berg‘s new Resolution as senior agents after 25 years with CAA. Berg made the announcement today. Of course, it isn’t yet known how many of Kanter’s and Spencer’s clients will join Resolution from CAA. “But they’ve had long-term relationships with many of them,” Berg tells me. “We’re betting a lot of them.” CAA, on the other hand, is confident it’ll keep a goodly portion. Nevertheless, Berg is demonstrating that Resolution can shake loose established major agents with prestigious client bases who want quicker advancement. “Adam and Martin will play a key role in the development of our new agency,” Berg said in a statement.
Kanter is the son of longtime agent, producer and studio executive Jay Kanter who was Marlon Brando’s first agent and a protege of the legendary Lew Wasserman. The young Kanter joined CAA in 1989 and built a client list that includes: director Doug Liman and producer David Bartis of Hypnotic (The Bourne Identity), Peter Segal and Michael Ewing (Get Smart) filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Entourage creator Doug Ellin, actor and producer Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment (The Pursuit Of Happyness), Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and Parenthood’s Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. Other clients Kanter represented at CAA include Malcolm Lee (The Best Man), Brian Kirk (Luther), Joe Johnston (Captain America), Stephen Sommers of The Mummy franchise, Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle), Walt Becker (Wild Hogs), Peter Tolan (Rescue Me), Simon West (Tomb Raider) and Betty Thomas (Private Parts).
Spencer is best known for representing Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class), Stuart Beattie (Collateral), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Brian Percival (Downton Abbey), Brent Bell & Matt Peterman (The Devil Inside), J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling), Joe Johnston (Captain America), Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job), and Mark Millar (Kick Ass). Other clients include Justin Marks, Radio Silence, Ruairi Robinson, John McLaughlin, Will Canon, John Rogers and Bruce McKenna.
Kanter said in a statement: “I’m looking forward to playing an integral role in building a full service agency from its inception. I see the need for Resolution and am delighted to be part of the team to make it happen.” Spencer added, “I am excited to be a part of the Resolution team on the ground floor. I’m looking forward to continue to grow the careers of the most talented artists in the media and entertainment space from this new platform.”
Berg commented, “We are excited Adam and Martin are joining the Resolution team. As two of the most respected and knowledgeable agents in the film business, together they bring vast experience in guiding careers at the highest levels as well as deep relationships throughout the industry.”