Steve Rabineau moving to UTA

Will be partner, agent in lit department

Steve Rabineau

Steve Rabineau has joined the United Talent Agency, where he is now a partner and agent in the motion picture lit department. He leaves behind WMA, where he spent the past five years.

Rabineau's move is among the first to take place in the wake of WMA's decision to merge with Endeavor, which was announced last week, and signals an ongoing realignment of the talent agency world.

Rabineau spent a decade at ICM before moving in 1997 to the upstart Endeavor, where he became a partner. In 2004, Rabineau, along with fellow Endeavor motion picture lit agent David Lonner, moved to WMA, where they were reunited with WMA head Jim Wiatt, with whom they had worked during their years at ICM.

But now that Endeavor is melding with WMA, Rabineau has opted to strike out for UTA.

Rabineau clients who are relocating with him include Alfonso Cuaron, Phillip Noyce, Craig Gillespie, Sergei Bodrov, Michael Radford, Don Roos and John Waters.

UTA board member Jeremy Zimmer hailed Rabineau's arrival. "Steve is one of the really exceptional agents in our business, with outstanding taste and exciting clients -- and he's also a great guy on top of that," Zimmer said.

Added David Kramer, UTA board member and head of the agency's motion picture lit department: "Steve is among the most respected advocates for artists working today, and he will be a great asset to our department and to our agency overall."