CAA has hired A&E VP Development Scott Lonker to be an agent in the NY alternative TV department. Here’s what’s interesting: Lonker used to be a William Morris agent. And good friends with Jon Rosen, who runs East Coast TV for WME, where he’s a board member. Word is that CAA “overpaid” to snag the well-liked Lonker. “That is the common theme there,” my insider says.
Eli Frankel, the former SVP of Magical Elves, which produces all those unscripted shows like Top Chef, has fired CAA and hired WME. Frankel is currently under an overall deal at Lionsgate TV (also a WME client).