Behind the talent-agency shakeups – Anxiety over Hollywood’s future plays a role in switches among actors and agents


Hollywood's most competitive business is getting even more dog-eat-dog.

On most days, client-and-dealmaker defections at talent agencies are as commonplace in showbiz as plastic surgery and private jets. But in the last few weeks, the swaps have grown so frequent and significant that many in the industry have been startled by all the big moves, which some say are a reaction to an overall contraction in the movie business.

In the last week alone, longtime Creative Artists Agency client Robert De Niro left the agency for the increasingly powerful Endeavor, which also landed United Talent Agency co-owner Nick Stevens and his UTA client Ben Stiller. Earlier transfers included actors Ashton Kutcher (from Endeavor to CAA), Chris Rock (Endeavor to International Creative Management), Vince Vaughn (UTA to CAA) and Jennifer Connelly (ICM to CAA). Several writers and directors also have jumped ship, including "Men in Black's" Ed Solomon (William Morris Agency to CAA) and "Babel's" Alejandro González Iñárritu (Endeavor to CAA).

(LA Times)

Film Business, Hollywood

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