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CAA is breathing a sigh of relief as it heads into the Memorial Day weekend. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Melissa McCarthy is sticking with the agency, after her agents Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak bolted to become partners at UTA on March 31.
McCarthy is the rare A-lister who has opted not to follow the 12 agents who defected from CAA to UTA in the past two months. She has become one of comedy’s most bankable movie stars, and keeping her is a much-needed salve to CAA, which has lost Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis among a couple hundred other clients to the exodus.
THR was one of the few trades not to erroneously report last month that McCarthy was moving to UTA. In fact, sources told THR then that she would not be making a decision until wrapping on the current season of her CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, which aired its fifth season finale on May 18.
In place of Heyman and Lesak, CAA managing partners Kevin Huvane and Richard Lovett are now listed as McCarthy’s point agents on the industry database Studio System. Given that kind of high-level personal treatment, plus the fact that frequent collaborator Paul Feig and her husband, Ben Falcone, are both remaining at CAA, it’s perhaps not a surprise that McCarthy has opted to stay as well. She nabbed an Oscar nomination with her scene-stealing role in Feig’s Bridesmaids before going on to star in the director’s The Heat and Spy, which opens June 5, and she’s also got his female-centric Ghostbusters reboot next summer.
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