Jeff Berg's Resolution Loses Another Top Agent (Exclusive)
UPDATED: Steve Alexander, whose clients include David Duchovny and Sela Ward, exited abruptly this week, following on the heels of several recent defections. Leigh Brillstein also has left.
Resolution, the talent agency founded by former ICM leader Jeff Berg, has lost another top agent, according to several sources.
Steve Alexander, whose clients include David Duchovny and Sela Ward, exited abruptly this week, following on the heels of recent defections by COO Jeff Franklin and television literary agent Dennis Kim. Agent Leigh Brillstein also has left. Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer, whom Berg recruited to Resolution from CAA, departed for Paradigm earlier this year.
Berg did not respond to a request for comment. Alexander is said to be headed to ICM Partners, though neither he nor an ICM spokesperson responded to a request for comment.
The move by Alexander comes as rumors have bounced around Hollywood about the future of Resolution, which was launched in January 2013 by longtime ICM chairman Berg with financial backing from Phoenix-based investor Jahm Najafi. With high overhead and without lucrative television packaging fees, the agency lagged behind such bigger rivals as CAA, WME, UTA and ICM, the company Berg ran for 27 years before his contentious exit in 2012.
In March, Berg announced that China-based Bison Capital would take a stake in Resolution, becoming the first Chinese company to invest in a U.S. talent agency. Bison founder Peixin Xu has served as an independent director of Bona Film Group Ltd., China's largest privately owned film distributor., which counts News Corp. as an investor. "This partnership will allow us to fund strategic expansion in the global marketplace," Berg said in a statement at the time.
Some believe Berg, who just returned from the Allen & Co. executive retreat in Sun Valley, is trying to bring in additional investors for the agency. Regardless, many of its remaining employees have looked elsewhere for jobs, including a group who held informal talks with ICM this week, according to sources.