Shyamalan leaves UTA for CAA


Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, who had been with UTA for more than 10 years, has left the agency for CAA. UTA signed Shyamalan before he made "The Sixth Sense," the movie that thrust him onto the A-list, earning him Oscar nominations for best director and original screenplay.

The movie became a boxoffice phenomenon, grossing $293.5 million. Shyamalan became one of the highest-paid writer-directors in Hollywood -- he earned $5 million for writing his "Sixth Sense" follow-up "Unbreakable" -- and directed a string of high-profile movies.

In the summer, he wrote and directed "Lady in the Water," which made only $42.2 million. He also was the subject of a book by Michael Bamberger, "The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale."

UTA has lost several high-profile clients in the past 18 months, including Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell.