In a surprise move, talent agent David DeCamillo has ankled United Talent Agency to become co-head of the talent department at the Gersh Agency. DeCamillo will now share the mantle of talent topper with Gersh’s senior veepee and partner, Leslie Siebert.
“I’m excited about running the talent department with David,” said Siebert, reached at her home Sunday. “He’s an important addition that will fuel our company’s continuing growth.”
While at UTA for the last five years, DeCamillo repped such established thesps as Patricia Arquette, Janeane Garafolo, Tate Donovan and Fred Ward — as well as fast-rising newcomers like Patrick Fugit, (“Almost Famous”), Cole Hauser (appearing in Joel Schumacher’s “Tigerland”), Balthazar Getty (“Deuces Wild”) and Kathleen Ward (starring in Sally Field’s helming debut, “Beautiful”).
All are expected to follow DeCamillo to the Gersh Agency, and insiders say it is likely that several additional DeCamillo clients at UTA, which he declined to comment on, may soon follow suit.
“I look forward to playing an integral role in the future of a company responsible for so many careers I admire,” DeCamillo said, adding “and whose teamwork, passion, and commitment to talent sets them apart from all others.”
Indeed, DeCamillo’s roster brings a considerable young talent focus to a ten-percentery that’s signed a raft of hot, new stars: Tobey Maguire, who after a star turn in “The Cider House Rules,” will be donning the Spandex for Columbia’s actioner “Spider-man,” is a client, as are Mena Suvari (“American Beauty”); Catherine Keener (“Being John Malkovich”); Marlon Wayons (“Scary Movie”), Breckin Meyer and Seann William Scott (both of “Road Trip”) and Hayden Christensen, who’ll topline as Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Episode Two.”
Gersh’s Gotham talent department will continue to be headed by veepee Bill Butler. Bob Gersh, partner and owner of the percentery, added he was “thrilled” DeCamillo would be co-heading the West Coast talent operation with Siebert, and praised DeCamillo’s “terrific instincts and great eye for talent.”