Longtime WME lit agent Mike Esola has left the agency. Word is that Esola and the agency came to a parting of the ways over a number of issues, including wanting to become a partner right away. As a result, Esola decided to leave. Unlike most agents who make that kind of a stand, Esola chose not to have another agency lined up, but I’m sure he is already talking to them now and I expect him to land quickly. The move ends a a 13-year run that began in the mail room back when WME was still William Morris Agency. I’m told there has been an amicable parting of the ways.

Esola is sharp and well-liked, and the clients he had worked with include directors Brett Ratner, David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), Bryan Buckley (The Bronze) and the Bandito Brothers (Scott Waugh and Mouse McCoy) and writer T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner) to name a few.