WMA inks Swank, Mandoki

Actress, helmer ankle CAA, Endeavor for new reps

The William Morris Agency was on a signing spree late last week.

In a surprise move, Hilary Swank, who recently signed with CAA on the strength of her perf as Brandon Teena in the gender-bender pic “Boys Don’t Cry,” ankled the percentery and headed to WMA.

The deal, hammered out late Friday afternoon, will take effect immediately.

Swank has been touted as a possible Oscar nom after having copped several year-end critics’ org awards.

Also late in the week, helmer Luis Mandoki (“Message in a Bottle,” “White Palace”) left Endeavor for WMA, which will represent him in all areas.

First up for the helmer is the Elie Samaha/Franchise Pictures-funded “Angel Eyes,” which Warners-based Mark Canton is producing for the studio; Jennifer Lopez and Aaron Eckhart are set to topline for an April shoot with WB distributing.

Mandoki has also recently ventured into commercials and Internet-based ventures, both of which WMA’s new-media department will be spearheading.

Already, Mandoki has been confabbing with Star Media and AOL/Cisneros, Web ventures set up to develop Internet portals for the Latin market; the latter outfit was boosted recently by AOL’s Brazil launch. In addition, Mandoki is starting up a commercials production shingle.

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