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May 17, 2003 | Claudia Eller and James Bates, Times Staff Writers
The William Morris Agency said Friday that it is forming an alliance to set up El Camino Pictures, a new film finance company named after the Beverly Hills street where the agency is headquartered. But Morris executives insisted they weren't edging toward owning a direct stake in film production -- a move that was long barred by the Hollywood agencies' now-lapsed agreement with the Screen Actors Guild.
April 27, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James
Talent agencies William Morris and Endeavor are expected to vote today on a merger creating a new giant in Hollywood at a time when the longtime role and power of the firms that represent actors, directors and writers are coming under severe strain.
September 3, 1995 | Frank Rose, Copyright 1995 by Frank Rose. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
Before there was Disney for Michael S. Ovitz and before there was CAA, there was the William Morris Agency. Frank Rose's book "The Agency" goes behind the doors of the pioneering talent agency. In this excerpt, Rose looks at the time when young eager beaver Ovitz plotted with his fellow agents to form the Creative Artists Agency. * 'You were put in the computer," Sam Weisbord announced, "and found wanting."
October 3, 2000 | From Bloomberg News and Times Staff Reports
World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc. sued the William Morris Agency, saying it should not pay commissions on the company's new contract with Viacom Inc., its fledgling XFL football league, and its highly rated "SmackDown" wrestling show. The suit says William Morris in 1997 "exploited its unequal bargaining power" to force the WWFE to sign an agency contract that was "grossly" unfair to the Stamford, Conn.-based entertainment company. A William Morris official declined comment.
March 19, 2005 | Rachel Abramowitz and Meg James, Times Staff Writers
It's the first rule for talent agents: Aim the spotlight on your clients, not yourself. David Wirtschafter, president of William Morris Agency, learned that lesson the hard way this week, after an 11,000-word profile of him in the New Yorker prompted two actress clients to quit and set off a wave of gleeful nitpicking among his rivals. First to depart was Sarah Michelle Gellar, she of TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame.
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