Steinman joins CAA film unit


In yet another recent shift in the New York agency scene, Sloss Law Office partner and film attorney Dan Steinman is jumping to CAA to become a Manhattan-based film finance and sales agent.

The move continues a game of musical chairs between CAA and Sloss' operations. CAA agents Bart Walker and Christina Bazdekis recently jumped to Sloss' Cinetic Media, which established a management division to give a home to their clients.

"We have a lot of connections to CAA now, and this gives us more opportunities for us to work together," Sloss said.

And more competition. The Steinman hire is part of CAA's move to build its film sales area and fill a void left by Walker, who repped many indie film sales at fests over the years. The move also counters criticism in some quarters over CAA's commitment to film in New York, the hub of indie film talent.

In addition to repping films, CAA's Film Finance Group provides consultation services to financiers and filmmakers on financing, distribution and growth strategies. The Film Finance Group has helped arrange financing for more than 50 films in the past three years.

Steinman was involved in legal work on Cinetic's record sales at Sundance ("Little Miss Sunshine" to Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million) and the Festival de Cannes ("We Own the Night" to Columbia for more than $11 million).

Before joining Sloss Law Office, Steinman was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he practiced corporate law.