Meredith Wechter Exits ICM, Puts Josh Gad, ‘Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot In Play
EXCLUSIVE: The movement of agents continues. Meredith Wechter, a longtime agent at ICM Partners whose clients include Josh Gad and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, has left the agency and will be moving on. I’ve confirmed she’s no longer at ICM, where she spent a decade. I’d heard rumors that she might resurface at WME, but I’m told she is under contract until June 30. So nothing will happen until then. We’ve seen the litigation flying back and forth between CAA and UTA after… Read
Robert Morton Signs With UTA
The Emmy-winning producer who moved with David Letterman from NBC to CBS in 1993 has a new agency home. Robert Morton has inked with UTA. Morton was with Letterman for more than a decade, earning nine Emmy noms and winning in 1994. He went on to work on such programs as The Chris Rock Show, The Wayne Brady Show — for which he nabbed a Daytime Emmy — Mind Of Menica and Lopez Tonight. Morton and his production banner Panamort Productions also have produce pilots, comedies… Read
Garry Marshall Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: As he works on the Broadway musical adaptation of Pretty Woman, the film he directed 25 years ago, Garry Marshall has signed with ICM Partners. He had been at CAA. Marshall separately is casting his next film, Mother’s Day, which is being mounted as an indie and will shoot this summer. Marshall continues to be managed by Rick Nicita at RPMedia… Read
CAA Hires TV Lit Agent Adam Biren
Adam Biren has joined CAA as TV lit agent. This marks Biren’s return to the business after taking a yearlong break to tend to a family matter. He previously was a TV lit servicing agent at UTA.
CAA is currently in litigation with UTA over the recent move of 11 CAA comedy talent agents to rival UTA.
Chris Cuomo Signs With CAA
CAA has signed CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. Cuomo, who didn’t have agency representation, co-anchors CNN's morning show New Day with Alisyn Camerota and Michaela Pereira and covers international events and breaking news for CNN.
Before joining CNN, Cuomo worked at ABC News as the news anchor of Good Morning America, co-anchor of 20/20 and chief justice correspondent.
Cuomo, a lawyer by trade, received a News Emmy for his profile on 12-year-old poet Mattie Stepanek on Good Morni… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Actress Carice Van Houten Moves To ICM Partners
ICM Partners has signed Carice van Houten, who plays Melisandre, aka the Red Woman, on HBO’s Game Of Thrones. She recently wrapped filming on the feature Race opposite Jeremy Irons, William Hurt and Jason Sudeikis and next shoots the indies Brimstone with Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikawska and Guy Pearce and I Feel Fine with David Tennant and Dominic West.
Van Houten, who also tours as a singer-songwriter, has appeared in such films as The Fifth Estate, Family Way, Black But… Read
CAA Touring Agent Andrew Skikne Joins UTA
One more agent from the comedy group that abruptly left CAA last week has followed his colleagues to UTA. Andrew Skikne has joined UTA's touring department. At CAA, Skikne worked closely with comedy touring head Nick Nuciforo as well as agents Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Gregory McKnight and Greg Cavic, the five top-level CAA comedy agents who first made the move last Tuesday, joining UTA as partners. Skikne will again work for Nuciforo who now heads UTA's comedy touring… Read
ICM Partners Hires UTA Music Agents Rob Prinz & Nikki Wheeler; Jerry Seinfeld, Celine Dion Among Those On Move
Busy time for agents changing addresses. ICM Partners just hired UTA’s head of Music/Personal Appearances Rob Prinz, who’ll become a partner and share the title of Co-Head of Worldwide Concerts with Steve Levine. Also making the move is concerts agent Nikki Wheeler, who is Prinz’s wife. Clients leaving include Jerry Seinfeld, Celine Dion, Daryl Hall & John Oates, John Hiatt, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Rick Springfield and other musicians and touring… Read
Zach Galifianakis Jumps To UTA; More Making Moves Include James Bobin, Thomas Lennon & Ben Garant, Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzie
EXCLUSIVE: UTA's five new partners and the other agents who made the move from CAA are settling in and have begun reeling in some important clients in play since last week’s shocker. UTA is keeping mum at the moment on who is signing on, but I’ve heard that as many as 150 clients are coming into the fold. This follows last week’s move of Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt and Ed Helms.
Chief among the new signing: The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel, executive… Read
UTA Brings In Two More CAA Agents – 10 Total Now
UTA has closed deals with CAA agents Mackenzie Condon and Chelsea McKinnies. They will be joining their eight colleagues who made the jump yesterday. Condon is a talent and literary agent working in film and television and will be based in UTA's New York offices. McKinnies is motion picture talent agent working in UTA's Beverly Hills offices.
This marks the third wave of CAA agent signings by rival UTA in the past 24 hours. Following the bombshell hire of CAA comedy… Read
UTA Signs ‘The Office’ And ‘Hangover’ Star Ed Helms
EXCLUSIVE: UTA has just signed Ed Helms, one of the strong names on the client lists of Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak, who were chief among the five comedy department brain trust agents who left CAA yesterday and joined UTA.
Helms, star of The Office, The Hangover and We’re The Millers, next stars in the rebooted Vacation film. He comes with Mike Falbo, his producing partner at Pacific Electric Picture Co. production shingle, which will also be represented by UTA. The duo… Read
WME Signs ‘Ex Machina’ Helmer Alex Garland
WME has signed Alex Garland. After a career that began when he adapted for director Danny Boyle his novel The Beach and then scripted 28 Days Later and Sunshine for the same helmer, he makes his feature directing debut on his script Ex Machina. WME just screened the film, which A24 will release April 10 and which stars Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac.
It’s about a young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial… Read