Spielberg signs with WME for TV
Director remains at CAA for featuresSteven Spielberg is splitting his representation, tapping William Morris Endeavor to rep him on the TV side, primarily through his DreamWorks Television, which had been at CAA for the past couple of years.
Spielberg, one of CAA's signature clients, has a decades-long history there and remains a client of the agency on the feature side.
The internal WME memo announcing the signing Friday noted that the agency will represent all of Spielberg's entities in television.
While series projects normally go through DreamWorks TV, Spielberg executive produced HBO's big-budget World War II mini-series "The Pacific" and its predecessor "Band of Brothers" through the mothership DreamWorks company, which is listed as a co-producer alongside Tom Hanks' Playtone.
Spielberg's Amblin banner, which continues to be active in features, has been relatively dormant in television where it most recently co-produced NBC's long-running medical drama "ER."
After an early focus in broadcast television with “Spin City,” “Las Vegas,” “Freaks and Geeks” and “The Job,” DreamWorks TV, run by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, shifted attention to cable. The company produces the Showtime comedy “United States of Tara,” the upcoming TNT alien invasion drama series starring Noah Wyle and the documentary series “Rebuilding Ground Zero” for the Science Channel. It also co-produces Showtime’s upcoming medieval drama “The Borgias” starring Jeremy Irons.
Still, DreamWorks TV has kept a toe in broadcast TV and had several scripts in contention this development season but none of then received pilot pickups.
Before going to CAA, DreamWorks TV was repped by UTA. That is a rather unusual situation, in which a feature A-lister's film and TV business have been represented independently of each other.
For instance, Jerry Bruckheimer is based at CAA, which also reps the prolific Jerry Bruckheimer Television.