Company still dedicated to small screen endeavors
Longtime rep Rob Wolken, head of TV management at the Firm, will ankle the company at the end of next week.Wolken said he plans to depart the entertainment biz for the time being and focus on other entrepreneurial ventures, including a glass company he owns. The exec’s departure calls into question the future of the Firm’s TV management business. Wolken had been the driving force behind the entity, particularly after the Firm acquired the remains of Artists Management Group. Wolken stressed the department will continue to do business, under execs Jonathan Baruch and Rich Rogers. Kevin Kassover also remains. “The whole team here, from Rick (Yorn), Julie (Silverman Yorn) and Jeff Kwatinetz are fiercely committed to TV,” Wolken said. Wolken joined AMG in 2000; before that, he spent seven years at the William Morris Agency. He admitted he’d experienced a roller-coaster ride in recent years. “It’s definitely been a challenge. The dissolution of AMG was a very hard process for everyone involved,” he said. “The new formation of the Firm has been really exciting.” Beyond management, Wolken also has worked closely with the Firm’s new TV production arm, which was launched in August. Under Beau Flynn and Scott Vila, the Firm has two pilots on the network slates: the CBS drama “Expert Witness” and UPN drama “The Edge.” Both are productions with 20th Century Fox TV, where the Firm is in the midst of a two-year deal. Wolken’s management clients included Michael Beckner (“The Agency”), Emily Whitesell (“American Dreams”), Ken Topolsky (“No Place Like Home”), Bill D’Elia (“Ally McBeal”), Jeff Eastin (“Rush Hour 3″) and Chris Parrish (UPN’s “Old School”). Wolken said he’s helping transition his talent within the Firm. The rep said he hasn’t ruled out returning to the industry, but needed to take time off for “personal reasons.” “I wanted to spend more time with my family and recharge my batteries, my passion for entertainment,” he said. “I’m just really appreciative of the way Jeff and the people at the Firm allowed me the freedom to pursue my own adventure right now.”
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