March 3, 2008 |
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.
June 1, 2009 |
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.
December 18, 2004 |
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.
August 7, 1999 |
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.
September 9, 2010 |
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.
May 23, 2009 |
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.