David E. Kelley Exits WME for CAA
He has created series including "Boston Legal," "The Crazy Ones" and "Ally McBeal."
David E. Kelley, the creator of more than a dozen TV series, has signed with CAA. He previously was at WME.
The prolific scribe is responsible for series including Boston Legal; The Practice; Doogie Howser, M.D.; and Ally McBeal. His latest show, the Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar advertising-agency comedy The Crazy Ones, premiered on CBS last fall, but was canceled following its first season.
He has won 10 Emmys, five for shows he created — including a year in which Ally McBeal and The Practice won him awards for Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama Series, respectively — and the others for his work as a writer and producer on L.A. Law. He has received 28 Emmy nominations in all.
His other writing credits include the TV series Chicago Hope, Picket Fences and Boston Public, and the films Lake Placid, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, From the Hip and Mystery, Alaska. He also scripted the 2011 Wonder Woman pilot for NBC that never made it to series.
He remains represented by attorney Michael Gendler.