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Three months after ankling the William Morris Agency, Josh Donen has joined Creative Artists Agency in its motion picture literary department, where he’ll rep writers and directors.

CAA staffers were introduced to their new colleague during a staff meeting Monday morning. The appointment didn’t come as a complete surprise, for it had been rumored since he left William Morris that Donen, son of acclaimed producer Stanley Donen, would be joining CAA; but because he was under contract with William Morris until July 31, Donen was unable to officially take a new job until now.

Donen joined the Morris office in July 1996, when he was hired as senior vice president, heading the motion picture directors unit. During that time, he represented such directors as Sam Raimi, John Dahl and David Lynch.

Dahl remains at William Morris, but Lynch and Raimi have left. Raimi is unrepresented, but Lynch recently signed with Endeavor.

Last April, Donen and William Morris split under less than amicable terms, after he and the agency couldn’t agree on financial aspects of his new contract. Subsequently, Alan Gasmer was named to run the directors department.

Before joining William Morris, Donen worked as a producer on such films as “The Quick and the Dead” and “The Great White Hype.” During his career, he also has worked as a production executive at ABC motion pictures and Universal Pictures; he also served as co-chairman of Rastar Pictures.

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