'Frasier' star back on percenter's roster
“Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer has left the William Morris Agency and has joined United Talent Agency, where he will be represented by a team led by Jeremy Zimmer and Nick Stevens.
This marks a return for to UTA for Grammer, who previously was represented by the percentery for about 14 months before ankling for WMA in August 1996. William Morris recently brokered an extension of Grammer’s previous deal with “Frasier” series producer Paramount Network TV that will keep the star on the hit NBC show through 2001.
It seems unusual that WMA did not negotiate a raise for Grammer after he received the plum Thursday 9 p.m. slot on NBC (being vacated by “Seinfeld”). However, sources at William Morris said Grammer is receiving a much higher salary than the previously reported $400,000 per episode.
A Grammer spokeswoman said, “He is completely happy with his TV deal.”
WMA will continue to commission Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. banner, which has an existing production pact with Para-mount TV. Grammnet recently produced the NBC comedy “Fired Up” and the comedy pilot “All Together Now,” also for NBC.
With his TV deals wrapped up, UTA will focus on bringing Grammer’s feature film career up to the level of his television stardom stemming from “Frasier” and its originator, “Cheers” — just as the percentery has done with current client Jim Carrey.
Grammer recently completed a co-starring stint in Universal’s comedy feature “New Jersey Turnpikes.” His other feature credits include the live-action pics “Down Periscope,” HBO’s “The Pentagon Wars” and “Galaxies Are Colliding.” Grammer — who has voiced characters in Fox’s animated feature “Anastasia,” Disney’s Mickey Mouse short “Runaway Brain” and Sideshow Bob on TV’s “The Simpsons” — next is attached to lend his voice to Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 2.”