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November 14, 1989
William Morris Jr., 90, son of the founder of the William Morris Agency and a former director and president of that entertainment talent group. He was born in 1899, the year his father started the agency, and began working there in 1918. He came to Los Angeles in 1930 and helped bring the Morris group into films. When his father died in 1932, Morris returned to New York and became president of the agency, holding the job for 19 years. In Malibu on Nov. 3.
March 14, 1997
Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of Hollywood's biggest and highest-paid stars, has signed with the William Morris Agency for representation in all areas. Signing a star like Schwarzenegger is a coup for an agency since he is one of a handful of stars who command $20 million a picture. However, it's not clear when the Morris office will start collecting commissions on the star, because a number of his upcoming movies were negotiated by his former agency, International Creative Management.
September 7, 2000 | Claudia Eller
Longtime New York literary agent Robert Gottlieb, who in recent weeks lost his biggest client--author Tom Clancy--after 18 years, is leaving William Morris Agency. Gottlieb, a Morris board member and head of the agency's New York literary department, plans to start his own agency.
September 15, 1999 | Claudia Eller
David Wirtschafter, considered one of Hollywood's most successful literary agents, has left International Creative Management to become executive vice president and worldwide head of motion pictures at William Morris Agency. The 41-year-old agent made the move to join his former boss Jim Wiatt, who last month resigned as president of ICM to become president and co-chief executive of Morris.
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.
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