Ken Gross, a principal in Paradigm since its inception four years ago, will depart the agency to become a manager/producer, while Paradigm adds well-known TV lit and talent agent Debbee Klein as a principal in the company.
Klein, formerly an agent at the Irv Schechter Co., brings with her a list of clients that includes Jessica Klein, executive producer of “Beverly Hills, 90210”; Chuck Pratt, co-executive producer of “Melrose Place” and “Sunset Beach”; and Clay Graham, executive producer of “The Drew Carey Show.” Klein also reps actor Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott, both stars of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”
Gross, who announced his departure on Wednesday, is expected to announce specific clients and projects in the near future.
At Paradigm he repped “ER” director Chris Chulack and writer Peter Lefcourt (“The Dreyfuss Affair”), among others.
He follows a long list of agents who have departed to go into the management ranks, most recently including Geyer Kosinski, who left William Morris, and Michael Black, who left ICM.
“I’ve had an increasing desire to focus on a smaller roster of clients and to be more involved in the production side of their lives,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to continued work with my terrific colleagues at Paradigm in my new venture.”
Klein had been at the Irv Schechter Co. for almost 18 years, having joined the agency at the start of her career. Before that, she had worked for Norman Lear while still in college.
“Everyone at Paradigm is thrilled to be working with an agent as intelligent and charismatic as Debbee Klein,” Sam Gores, president of Paradigm, said in a statement. “Her leadership skills will be of enormous value in continuing to build our company.”
Other clients who will join her include Greg Strangis, executive producer of “Soldier of Fortune”; Mike Scully, executive producer of “The Simpsons”; Brian Scully, producer of “The Simpsons”; Joel Feigenbaum, co-executive producer of “Pacific Palisades”; Sasha Schneider, producer of “Dellaventura”; and Gary Jacobs, producer of “All American Girl.”
Schechter could not be reached.
Paradigm grew out of the merger of three boutique agencies, as well as Lucy Stille’s New York literary operation.