UTA has been Wes Anderson’s longtime home ever since the agency’s chairman Jim Berkus signed him off of that cult classic 1994 short, Bottle Rocket. Two years later, Anderson turned the short into his breakout feature debut with Berkus’ help. In fact, Berkus helped the infamously quirky filmmaker put together all of his films, including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, and his current The Fantastic Mr. Fox. I’m told the motive Anderson’s exit was Anderson’s unhappiness with that pic’s performance at the box office — which may have little to do with Berkus and more to do with Anderson. But that’s the agency biz. I’m told Anderson now will be repped by WME’s Robert Newman.
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