Creative Artists Agency elevated Motion Picture Department Co-Head Risa Gertner and Global Chief Human Resources Officer Sherrie Sage Schwartz to its management committee, which oversees the talent agency’s operations.
CAA President Richard Lovett lauded the executives’ accomplishments in announcing their appointments.
“Risa is not only a fantastically talented agent, but a proven and respected business leader with an acute understanding of our company, our clients and the marketplace. Sherrie has been an outstanding leader of our people efforts companywide, building a first-class global human resources infrastructure and initiating successful strategic initiatives to improve hiring, training, development, benefits, and ways of working,” Lovett said in a statement.
Gertner, who joined CAA in 1996, has helped guide the agency’s motion picture literary business for nearly two decades, serving as Co-Head, along with Todd Feldman.The writers, directors, and producers whom the agency represents have generated nearly $15 billion at the global box office this year. Gertner personally represents many of the world’s leading filmmakers, including Ron Howard, Simon Kinberg, Seth MacFarlane, Alex Kurtzman, Susannah Grant, Tony Gilroy, and J.C. Chandor, among others.
Schwartz leads the agency’s people efforts on a global scale, and has successfully implemented new programs tailored to support the employee and leadership needs of the agency. Prior to joining CAA in February 2015, she was the senior vice president of human resources for Activision Publishing, a division of Activision Blizzard.
The two female executives join Michelle Kydd Lee, who was named to the management committee two years ago.
Their addition to CAA’s senior management brings a greater diversity of voices, at a time when Hollywood seeks to cope with a widening sexual harassment and assault scandal. CAA agent Cameron Mitchell left the agency earlier this month, amid allegations of harassment brought by actress Demi Mann. Mitchell has denied the allegations and said that they are “not only false but egregious.”
CAA also created a pair of operational groups, called finance and people & culture, respectively, to advise and propose initiatives to the agency’s Management Committee.
The newly formed operational groups are comprised of 35 women and men, including many existing department heads and next-generation leaders. Reporting directly into the agency’s management committee, the units ensure a broad range of voices across the agency are heard and represented, with respect to strategic priorities, policies, and practices, and that there is seamless information flow to inform decision-making.
“With a rich diversity of voices represented by senior and emerging leaders from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds, we will be that much stronger on all operational fronts,” Lovett said.