May 4, 2003 |
David Rensin's new book, "The Mailroom: Hollywood History From the Bottom Up," examines that time-honored show biz phenomenon: movers and shakers who start out in the mailrooms of studios and agencies. Most fabled is the mailroom in the Beverly Hills office of the William Morris talent and literary agency.
April 7, 2002 |
William Morris died only once, although he lived, it was said, the lives of 10 men. The bearish Englishman (1834-96) made a lasting impression wherever he went, and in every field he entered--literature, design, business and politics--he left an enduring mark. More than a century after his death, Morris' importance as the father of the Arts and Crafts movement continues to grow.
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.
September 7, 2000 |
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.
October 10, 1999 |
"In 25 years, I've never not had to be someplace," says Arnold Rifkin, a true Hollywood player for that quarter-century. "I'm going to start a new chapter." His industry colleaguesknow well what the new chapter is for Bruce Willis' longtime agent--life after William Morris, the legendary agency Rifkin headed until August. A New York native, the 52-year-old Rifkin learned the ropes of marketing in the garment industry--selling shoes, then furs--before he "somehow floated" into show business.
September 30, 1999 |
William Morris Agency laid off 10 agents on Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort to shake up its lagging motion picture division. The moves are the most sweeping actions yet taken by new company chief Jim Wiatt, the former co-chairman of rival International Creative Management. Wiatt was brought in by Morris in August with a clear mandate to improve the agency's film business.
August 10, 1999 |
William Morris Agency on Monday hired Jim Wiatt, the just-departed co-chief of International Creative Management, as president and co-chief executive, a move that is expected to set off a war among Hollywood's major talent agencies. Wiatt replaces former president and movie chief Arnold Rifkin, whose failure throughout the years to sign top stars and directors kept the agency a distant third to its more aggressive rivals ICM and Creative Artists Agency.