WMA agent exits, will be UTA partner


Steve Rabineau has joined UTA as 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 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 upstart Endeavor, where he became a partner. In 2004, Rabineau, with fellow Endeavor motion picture lit agent David Lonner, moved to WMA, where they 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.

Clients 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, as did 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," Kramer said. (partialdiff)