The William Morris Agency continues to pump up its TV department, recruiting Marc Provissiero to serve as a lit agent.
Move comes in the wake of a recent pair of high-profile television scribe signings — David E. Kelley and Brenda Hampton — as well as the addition of tenpercenters Ken Freimann and Brad Slater to WMA’s ranks.
Also within the past eight months, WMA worldwide TV topper Sam Haskell tapped Aaron Kaplan and Greg Lipstone to serve as co-heads of network TV.
Provissiero comes to WMA from the Kaplan Stahler Gumer Agency and is expected to bring many of his clients with him, including “Naval NCIS” co-creator Don McGill; “Coupling” producer Liz Astrof; and Adam Cohen, creator and exec producer of MTV’s buzzworthy unscripted skein “The Big Urban Myth Show.”
Kaplan told Daily Variety that he’s long been “fond of Marc. “I’ve respected his client list, I’ve respected his relationships in the community, and I’ve always been impressed by the results he was able to generate.”
WMA’s recent agent additions and client signings, as well as what Lipstone termed the agency’s “best TV (packaging) season ever” this spring, have given a major boost to the lit department, Kaplan and Lipstone said.
“Jim Wiatt and Sam Haskell have empowered us and allowed us to really focus on a long-term vision and success, as well as capitalizing on the tremendous asset base William Morris has,” Kaplan said.
Provissiero had been at Kaplan Stahler Gumer for five years. Other clients expected to move with him to WMA include Angela Nissel (“Scrubs”), Cheryl Cain (“Threat Matrix”), Patricia Breen (“Frasier”), Amanda Lasher (“Good Morning Miami”), Debra Fordham (“Scrubs”) and Nancy Won (“American Dreams”).
Tenpercenter said shift was a tough move personally but a decision he had to make on behalf of his clients.
“I feel like my client list has some of the most highly sought-after up-and-coming writers in the business, and they’ll benefit from the synergy that’s taking place here at William Morris,” Provissiero said. “You have to adapt with your clients’ growth.”