EXCLUSIVE: Former CAA agent Rob Herting has left the agency to form audio studio QCODE with production firm Automatik and its sister management business Grandview.

The new venture will work with creatives to generate podcasts and other audio content with an emphasis on scripted, narrative stories. The LA-based company is in production on content which could launch in early 2019 and I hear material is already generating screen adaptation interest. David Henning, who was running Automatik’s unscripted division, will join the QCODE team.

Podcasts are a fast-growing market and a good fit for well-connected lit agents. Herting started his career at Endeavor and Verve before moving to CAA where he represented writers, directors and producers including Fast And The Furious 9 writer Dan Casey, Bad Boys 3 directors Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Wheelman director Jeremy Rush, Spiderman Homecoming writer Chris Ford and Kidding creator Dave Holstein. His clients have remained at CAA.

Sinister outfit Automatik is currently in post-production on Bad Education, starring Hugh Jackman, Jim Mickle’s In The Shadow Of The Moon for Netflix and Against All Enemies, starring Kristen Stewart. Destroyer, for which lead Nicole Kidman has been Golden Globe-nominated, was released this fall.

Grandview’s client roster includes Hiro Murai, Adam Wingard, Justin Simien, Olivia Cooke, Diego Boneta, Jonathan Majors, Matt Charman, Arash Amel and Anna Waterhouse & Joe Shrapnel.

“As the audience for podcasts and audio content continues to grow we’re excited to work with incredible artists to innovate in the format and tell bold and original stories,” Herting told us.

“With the myriad options available to consumers, the audio space is the logical next step in content creation. Rob’s vision for telling complex stories with top tier talent hooked us immediately and fit precisely into the forward thinking ethos of our companies,” added the Automatik and Grandview partners.