Robert Bookman Leaves CAA for Paradigm

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The veteran agent praises his new home's "wonderfully collaborative culture."

Robert Bookman has joined Paradigm as a senior motion picture and television agent, the agency said Friday.

As a key player at CAA for more than two decades, Bookman was involved in several notable projects, including A Beautiful Mind, Silence of the Lambs, Jerry Maguire and Jurassic Park. The agent also worked on the upcoming Soviet-era thriller Child 44, produced by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and David O. Russell's star-studded next project, American Bullshit.

"Bob Bookman is universally regarded as one of the most intelligent, respected and classiest people in the business," said Paradigm chairman and CEO Sam Gores in a statement. “His work as an agent has been extraordinary and speaks for itself. What distinguishes Bob is his vast knowledge of the motion picture industry, his creativity as well as his significant international experience."

Gores recently lured two of Bookman’s former CAA colleagues to his agency: Ken Stovitz, who returned to the business after a six-year stint at Overbrook Entertainment, and Rand Holston, who joined from CAA in December 2011.

“Coming to Paradigm is the beginning of my next great life adventure,” Bookman said. “This is a very big decision for me, and I took a great deal of time looking into all options. As I did, it became very clear to me that Paradigm is the superior alternative to the corporate cultures which now dominate the agency business. Paradigm has a wonderfully collaborative culture, reminiscent of the early days of CAA. This excites me and will excite my clients. I feel passionately that this is the right place and the right time for this new adventure.”