Ex-WMA agents find new homes

ICM, UTA, Paradigm, CAA snatching up staff

Fallout from the William Morris-Endeavor merger continues to benefit their competitors.

Former WMA agents Lanny Noveck and Dan Norton have moved to ICM, UTA has picked up longtime motion picture lit agents Ramses Ishak and Mike Sheresky from WMA, Paradigm has snapped up WMA agent Erwin More, and former WMA agent Renee Kurtz has landed at CAA.

Noveck, who was head of scripted television packaging at WMA, will be an agent in ICM's TV lit department, where he started Tuesday. Clients who will be joining him include Michelle Ashford, Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin.

Noveck, a 27-year WMA veteran, was one of the 100 or so agency staffers laid off a couple weeks ago amid the fallout from WMA's merger with Endeavor.

He led WMA's TV literary department for 15 years before being named head of scripted packaging in 2005. Series he has helped put together include "The King of Queens" and "That '70s Show."

Norton, another TV lit agent let go from WMA, began his career at ICM before going to WMA three years ago. He rejoined ICM on May 21.

Ishak and Sheresky, who are joining UTA's motion picture lit department, had a collective 33 years of experience at WMA, where they had been serving as senior vps. They've logged deals for writer, director and hyphenate clients such as David Hayter, Ice Cube and his CubeVision company, John Brancato & Mike Ferris, F. Gary Gray and Tim Story.

Now at Paradigm, More reps a raft of acting talent, including Mariska Hargitay, Claire Forlani and Jenny McCarthy, all of whom will be moving with him.

Kurtz, a veteran WMA TV lit agent, is moving to CAA, where she will work in the agency's TV lit department. She was with WMA for 14 years.

Steven Zeitchik in New York contributed to this report.