There are so many layers to most Hollywood agencies’ talent departments, that I’m not sure this is even significant. But Sharon Sheinwold, who’s about to go on maternity leave, has exited from all administrative responsibility in WME’s talent department (which of course is run by Patrick Whitesell and Adam Venit and administrated by Brandt Joel). I hear Sheinwold’s exit had to do with a David Wain-Paul Rudd-Jennifer Aniston package that they wanted produced by Judd Apatow (who’s repped by UTA). But Happy Madison’s Adam Sandler-Jack Giarraputo thought they should produce, and they’re really important WME clients, so Sharon fell on her sword. “Give her credit for doing the mature thing,” an insider tells me.
Also while I was away, John Ferriter called to tell me where he was heading after his still-in-arbitration departure from WME. For the record, he joined sports agency Octagon to be managing director of Octagon Entertainment and start an unscripted division based in Los Angeles.
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