CAA agent follows map to Atlas


Veteran CAA agent Steve Alexander, whose clients have included Heath Ledger and Natalie Portman, has left the talent agency to join the Atlas Entertainment division of Mosaic Media Group.

At Atlas, Alexander returns to his roots as a producer. He began his career working for Joel Silver and produced the 1994 cult hit "Swimming With Sharks," starring Kevin Spacey.

"Having worked on various projects over the years with Steve, I was reminded of his roots as a producer," Mosaic Media's Chuck Roven said. "He's one of the brightest minds in Hollywood, has great relationships with the town's top creative talent and executives and understands all facets of the film business."

Alexander joined CAA in 1997. Ledger was among the first clients he signed, and he guided the actor through his career until his death in January.

"While I am proud of my work at CAA representing talent, producing and packaging films have always been two of the most fulfilling aspects of my career," Alexander said.

CAA has a history of agents unbuckling themselves from the firm and moving into producing. In 2005, dealmaker Michael Wimer left to join Roland Emmerich's Centropolis Entertainment, while Jessica Tuchinsky left that same year to join "Mean Girls" helmer Mark Waters in a first-look producing deal with Paramount. Longtime agent Ken Stovitz left the agency last year to join Overbrook Entertainment.

More recently, Tory Metzger left CAA in May to join Media Rights Capital as president of its film group.

Mosaic launched in 1999 as a film and management company, including Atlas Entertainment, ACE Media and the Miller Co., and has several films awaiting release for various studios this year, including the Warner Bros.' "Get Smart" and "The Dark Knight," Sony's "Step Brothers" and "The International," Universal's "Land of the Lost" and DreamWorks' "She's Out of My League." (partialdiff)