Prolific multi-camera comedy director James Burrows has signed with WME. The move is a logical step for the Emmy winner following his agent Bob Broder’s departure from ICM Partners in fall 2012 to run the company of another longtime client, Chuck Lorre. Unlike the common representation practice where a client is handled by a team of agents, Burrows and Broder had an old-school relationship, with Broder the only agent Burrows had ever had and the only person in his life representation-wise. Despite his exit from agenting, Broder has remained very involved in Burrows’ career and will continue to play a major advisory role going forward. The WME signing stems from a long-standing relationship Burrows has had with the agency and its predecessor WMA, which has represented the estate of his father, Broadway writer-director Abe Burrows, and has worked with James on various theater projects.
ICM Partners handled Burrows’ deals last season when he directed four multi-camera pilots, three of which — CBS’ The Millers and Friends With Better Lives and NBC’s Sean Saves The World — went to series. Burrows has stayed with The Millers as executive producer/director, a position he previously held on several other comedy series whose pilot he’d directed, including Will & Grace and Mike & Molly. Burrows, who co-created and directed the classic series Cheers, has helmed the pilots of seven series currently on the air, including The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. In total, he has directed more than 950 episodes of television and has received 10 Emmy Awards and four DGA Awards.