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.
September 29, 2008 |
William Morris Agency, the century-old talent firm that has represented generations of movie stars and other artists, has bucked a tough real estate market and sold its Beverly Hills headquarters complex for $143 million to a consortium led by South American investors. The price amounted to $783 a foot, about twice the average price of an upscale Los Angeles office building. But the buyers, a partnership consisting of Cape Horn Group of Chile and Lincoln Property Co.
May 1, 1990 |
Steven Jobs, the personal computer pioneer struggling to hit it big a second time, has landed his first major corporate deal, selling 250 of his Next workstations to the William Morris talent agency in Beverly Hills and New York. Although the $2.5-million deal isn't large by the standards of corporate America, it does represent an achievement that has proven elusive for the computer industry's most celebrated marketing whiz: acceptance of his latest computer.
January 10, 2007 |
Walt Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger is on a whistle stop tour this week to talk up his company's role in embracing new technology. On Monday, he delivered the keynote speech in Las Vegas at the nation's largest consumer electronics show. He sat in the audience at the MacWorld conference in San Francisco on Tuesday as his company's largest shareholder, Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, unveiled the much-anticipated iPhone.
May 1, 2006 |
Starbucks Corp. has tapped William Morris Agency to help find projects that are its cup of chai. The alliance, which will be announced today, authorizes the Hollywood talent agency to identify music, film and book projects for the world's leading coffee retailer to consider for marketing and distribution in its stores, according to a news release. And not a moment too soon, if Starbucks' first venture into the world of movie marketing is any measure.
September 17, 2003 |
Two partners at Endeavor have defected to join rival William Morris Agency, roiling the waters between two of Hollywood's biggest talent agencies. Endeavor motion picture agents Steve Rabineau and David Lonner bring with them a number of high-profile filmmaker clients, including Alfonso Cuaron, J.J. Abrams, Alexander Payne and Audrey Wells.
February 4, 1996 |
'Oh how I long to keep the world from narrowing on me, and to look at things bigly and kindly" wrote William Morris, a man whose genius had a richness and multiplicity that ranks with that of Leonardo and Goethe.
October 19, 1992 |
Tremors rocked the entertainment industry over the weekend as one Hollywood talent agency was sold, another prepared to go out of business and a third announced a management buyout. The William Morris Agency purchased Triad Artists, whose clients include actor Bruce Willis and country music star Vince Gill, for an undisclosed sum. At the same time, several top executives have left InterTalent in anticipation of the company's demise.
March 27, 2009 |
Issues of control are bogging down a possible merger between two major Hollywood talent agencies. William Morris Agency and Endeavor have been in merger discussions for weeks, setting the stage for a new Hollywood powerhouse that would wield considerable clout in film, television, music and publishing.
September 12, 1996 |
William Morris Agency motion picture chief Arnold Rifkin is in talks to take Mark Canton's place as head of Sony Corp.'s ailing Columbia and TriStar pictures studios. Sources close to Sony confirmed that Rifkin, one of Hollywood's most aggressive agents--he represents such stars as Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Whoopi Goldberg--has emerged as the only serious candidate for the job.