May 17, 2003 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
June 23, 1996 |
Creative Artists Agency President Ron Meyer jolted the entertainment industry last July 10 when he announced that he would leave the outfit he co-founded to assume the presidency of MCA. Five weeks later, CAA's Michael Ovitz, considered by many to be the most powerful figure in Hollywood, accepted the No. 2 spot at the Walt Disney Co. The agency business, industry observers predicted, would never be the same.