Ex-WMA agent Gruber returns with CAA post

Clooney, Ice Cube, Williams sign with new agency

Creative Artists Agency has added a senior talent agent to its roster, announcing Monday that former William Morris talent department head Michael Gruber has joined the company.

Gruber had been rumored to be joining CAA since ankling WMA in January. At that time, Gruber, a senior veep at the percentery, reportedly decided not to negotiate a new deal with William Morris, with whom the rep still had six months remaining on his contract. Though Gruber exited the company, WMA held him to the remaining months of that pact.

During that time Gruber served as an exec producer on two New Line feature projects: “A Leonard Cohen Afterworld,” helmed by client James Cox, and “Next Friday,” the sequel to the comedy “Friday,” both of which starred Ice Cube.

Since he ankled WMA, several of Gruber’s clients signed with Creative Artists, leading to further speculation that their former rep would join them as soon as his contract expired.

Among Gruber’s WMA clients who have signed with CAA are Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Tracey Edmonds, George Clooney, Ice Cube and Vanessa Williams.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Michael’s stature in the community to join us,” said CAA prexy Richard Lovett. “He is a seasoned executive whose skills and experience will be a tremendous asset to our company.”

At William Morris, Gruber had served as head of the motion picture talent department, following the departure last October of Brian Gersh, who shared those responsibilities with Gruber.

Gruber, like several of CAA’s founders and current managing directors, cut his teeth in the famed William Morris Agency mailroom, which he joined in 1985. He was promoted three years later to agent in the TV packaging department, specializing in comedy talent and variety programming.

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