Jeff Robinov, who has been an agent with International Creative Management for the past three years, handling the careers of young, hot writer-directors, is leaving to become senior VP of production at Warner Bros.
His clients include filmmakers Albert and Allen Hughes (“Menace II Society”), Larry and Andy Wachowski (“Bound”), Chris McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”), Greg Poirier (“Rosewood”), and Andrew Marlowe (“AFO”).
He will likely start before the end of the month and report to studio presidents Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Billy Gerber.
Robinov is the third agent to leave the agency recently for a studio post. Others include Carla Hacken, who joined Fox 2000 as senior VP in November, and Diane Cairns, who left in June to join Universal Pictures as senior VP. Robinov’s move to Warner Bros. had been rumored for months.
With the hire, Warner Bros. adds another production executive to its ranks. Robinov will join a production staff that includes executive VPs Tom Lassally and Rob Guralnick, and senior VPs Courtenay Valenti and Diana Rathbun.
“We hired Jeff because we kept finding outselves in business with his clients and we came to realize his taste and we really admire it,” said di Bonaventura and Gerber in a statement. “The has the ability to see what it is a movie and what it takes to get the movie made.”
Many of Robinov’s clients have projects set up at Warner Bros., including the Wachowskis, who have “Matrix” with producer Joel Silver, and Mark Protosevich who scripted “I am Legend,” the project that has caught Arnold Schwarzenegger’s eye. Marlowe rewrote “Man with a Football” at Morgan Creek.
It’s not clear what will happen with Robinov’s clients; however, some on Robinov’s list are shared by other agents as well. For example, the Wachowskis are also repped by ICM’s Tracey Jacobs and Circle of Confusion in New York.
Other agencies held meetings Monday night to discuss strategies for possibly going after Robinov’s clients.
Before ICM, Robinov was a literary agent at Writers & Artists.