EXCLUSIVE: Deadline revealed exclusively Friday that longtime UTA Production Department co-head Wayne Fitterman had left that agency and was in talks to land at WME. I have confirmed that he has now officially joined WME as a partner and that he will head WME’s Production Department. As I wrote, Fitterman had expected to bring three of his cohorts along with him. UTA staved off that coup, but Fitterman brings 46 clients with him so far, with a lot more hanging in the balance. This is an unsung part of the business, covering cinematographers, editors, line producers, production designers, costume designers, and visual effects supervisors. But it’s important. Aside from making piles of money, the department is a breeding ground for first-time directors. Among the clients Fitterman has brought with him are Jenny Beavan (The King’s Speech), Mark Bridges (The Artist), Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis), Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood), Michael Kaplan (Star Wars: Episode VII), Ric Kidney (Salt), Adam Merims (Safe House), Nigel Phelps (World War Z), Tim Squyres (Life of Pi), Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty) and David Wasco (Fifty Shades of Grey). Fitterman starts today.

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