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August 10, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES
William Morris Agency on Monday hired Jim Wiatt, the just-departed co-chief of International Creative Management, as president and co-chief executive, a move that is expected to set off a war among Hollywood's major talent agencies. Wiatt replaces former president and movie chief Arnold Rifkin, whose failure throughout the years to sign top stars and directors kept the agency a distant third to its more aggressive rivals ICM and Creative Artists Agency.
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October 11, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Actor Tommy Lee Jones is appealing a ruling by California's labor commissioner in a dispute that accuses his former agency of failing to adequately represent him in negotiations for his role in the Oscar-winning film "No Country for Old Men. " Jones accused William Morris Endeavor and his former agent, Jim Wiatt, of failing to communicate that the studio, Paramount Pictures Corp., was willing to pay $1 million in upfront fees for the actor to...
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BUSINESS
March 3, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Entrepreneurs seeking cash for new-media start-ups get a new door to knock on today. William Morris Agency is teaming up with Silicon Valley venture capital firms Accel Partners and Venrock as well as telecommunications provider AT&T Inc. to launch an investment fund for consumer technology and media start-ups. It's part of an effort by the talent agency to cash in as more entertainment moves online. "Intellectual property is shifting toward different distribution channels," said Jim Wiatt, chairman and chief executive of William Morris.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
AOL souped up its Hollywood ambitions Wednesday by asking the former head of the William Morris Agency to leave his board seat in order to become a strategic consultant for the online media company. Jim Wiatt, who has been on AOL's board for a year, will step down to spend most of his time using his clout in the media business to help the company develop star-branded online video content and court major advertisers. Wiatt left William Morris before it merged with another talent agency, Endeavor, last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Actor Tommy Lee Jones is appealing a ruling by California's labor commissioner in a dispute that accuses his former agency of failing to adequately represent him in negotiations for his role in the Oscar-winning film "No Country for Old Men. " Jones accused William Morris Endeavor and his former agent, Jim Wiatt, of failing to communicate that the studio, Paramount Pictures Corp., was willing to pay $1 million in upfront fees for the actor to...
BUSINESS
June 1, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James
Over a May 15 lunch at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, William Morris Agency Chairman Jim Wiatt received sobering advice from his close friends, entertainment attorney Skip Brittenham and former Viacom Inc. executive Tom Freston. The more than century-old talent agency was on the cusp of merging with hotshot rival Endeavor, and it was becoming clear that there would be no place at the table for Wiatt.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The venerable William Morris Agency announced a management shake-up Friday that consolidates power under Chief Executive Jim Wiatt, prompting the exit of three prominent, longtime executives. Out are Sam Haskell, the head of television who worked at William Morris for 26 years; Richard Rosenberg, who built the company's successful music and concert division; and Chief Operating Officer Steve Kram, who helped push the firm's international initiatives.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a move that shakes up Hollywood's talent agency business, Jim Wiatt quit Friday as co-chairman of agency powerhouse International Creative Management, home to such stars as Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson and Eddie Murphy. Wiatt's resignation after 22 years at the agency, which followed long-simmering tensions with ICM co-chief Jeff Berg, marks the single biggest event to rock the agency business since superagent Michael Ovitz left Creative Artists Agency in 1995.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
AOL souped up its Hollywood ambitions Wednesday by asking the former head of the William Morris Agency to leave his board seat in order to become a strategic consultant for the online media company. Jim Wiatt, who has been on AOL's board for a year, will step down to spend most of his time using his clout in the media business to help the company develop star-branded online video content and court major advertisers. Wiatt left William Morris before it merged with another talent agency, Endeavor, last year.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Just three weeks after shepherding the merger of two top Hollywood talent agencies, William Morris Agency Chairman Jim Wiatt is leaving -- a sign that Endeavor is firmly in control of the combined entity. Speculation focused Friday on whether Wiatt was pushed out by members of the new William Morris Endeavor Entertainment board.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James
Over a May 15 lunch at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, William Morris Agency Chairman Jim Wiatt received sobering advice from his close friends, entertainment attorney Skip Brittenham and former Viacom Inc. executive Tom Freston. The more than century-old talent agency was on the cusp of merging with hotshot rival Endeavor, and it was becoming clear that there would be no place at the table for Wiatt.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Just three weeks after shepherding the merger of two top Hollywood talent agencies, William Morris Agency Chairman Jim Wiatt is leaving -- a sign that Endeavor is firmly in control of the combined entity. Speculation focused Friday on whether Wiatt was pushed out by members of the new William Morris Endeavor Entertainment board.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Entrepreneurs seeking cash for new-media start-ups get a new door to knock on today. William Morris Agency is teaming up with Silicon Valley venture capital firms Accel Partners and Venrock as well as telecommunications provider AT&T Inc. to launch an investment fund for consumer technology and media start-ups. It's part of an effort by the talent agency to cash in as more entertainment moves online. "Intellectual property is shifting toward different distribution channels," said Jim Wiatt, chairman and chief executive of William Morris.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The venerable William Morris Agency announced a management shake-up Friday that consolidates power under Chief Executive Jim Wiatt, prompting the exit of three prominent, longtime executives. Out are Sam Haskell, the head of television who worked at William Morris for 26 years; Richard Rosenberg, who built the company's successful music and concert division; and Chief Operating Officer Steve Kram, who helped push the firm's international initiatives.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES
William Morris Agency on Monday hired Jim Wiatt, the just-departed co-chief of International Creative Management, as president and co-chief executive, a move that is expected to set off a war among Hollywood's major talent agencies. Wiatt replaces former president and movie chief Arnold Rifkin, whose failure throughout the years to sign top stars and directors kept the agency a distant third to its more aggressive rivals ICM and Creative Artists Agency.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a move that shakes up Hollywood's talent agency business, Jim Wiatt quit Friday as co-chairman of agency powerhouse International Creative Management, home to such stars as Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson and Eddie Murphy. Wiatt's resignation after 22 years at the agency, which followed long-simmering tensions with ICM co-chief Jeff Berg, marks the single biggest event to rock the agency business since superagent Michael Ovitz left Creative Artists Agency in 1995.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2005 | Lorenza Munoz
Aaron Kaplan, a longtime agent at William Morris Agency, has been promoted to worldwide head of scripted television and packaging. Kaplan's promotion follows the departure of Morris television executive Greg Lipstone and a shake-up in December when TV chief Sam Haskell left the agency after 26 years. Kaplan will report to three Morris executives -- Chief Executive Jim Wiatt, President David Wirtschafter and worldwide TV co-chief Mark Itkin. * -- Lorenza Munoz
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1987
Certainly it was not possible to feature all the good and hard-working people in the agency business, but Jim Wiatt, president of ICM, is a force who should not be overlooked. Not only does he generate a great number of films and the packaging of these films within the studio system, but he is also a friend to the independents, for which we are grateful. CAROLYN PFEIFFER Alive Films Los Angeles
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