Comedy reps Eric Gold and Jimmy Miller are dissolving their 13-year-old management/production company Gold/Miller.
The split came over differing goals in film production, a growing segment for the company. Last month, when Miller moved to reup a first-look producing deal at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Gold decided he wanted to go in a different entrepreneurial direction.
They are still working out the details, but the pair will continue to co-manage Jim Carrey. Gold will take such clients as Vince Vaughn and Ellen DeGeneres, while Miller will continue to rep Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, Jay Roach, Sacha Baron Cohen and writer-director Adam McKay.
Gold and Miller operated in relatively autonomous fashion and now become separate pieces of Mosaic Media Group, the umbrella company they formed and own with partners Chuck Roven and Allen Shapiro.
The split brings Gold and Miller full circle in that they ran separate business for the first six years that they co-managed Carrey. The dealmakers go back much further, meeting first in Pittsburgh; Gold became a local standup comic while Miller booked acts into clubs.
Miller was already booking personal standup comedy gigs for Carrey and Gold was managing the Wayans family and was the exec in charge of “In Living Color.”
With UTA’s Nick Stevens, they navigated Carrey’s feature rise and made the industry’s first $20 million deal for “The Cable Guy.”
Miller has become more active as producer, teaming with Apatow to produce the Ferrell-McKay comedy “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” and producing with Mosaic partner Roven the Steve Carell starrer “Get Smart.”
The 15-20 comedies that Gold/Miller set up as producers will continue on their pre-established tracks, with Miller shepherding some and Gold others. They also remain partners with Tom Werner in the Warner Bros. Television-based production company Werner Gold Miller, getting their first two pilot pickups for fall with the NBC sitcom “Twenty Good Years” and the FBC sitcom “Happy Hour.”
From a logistical standpoint, the breakup won’t even require a moving van. Gold and manager Caryn Weingarten will move upstairs to the 9200 Sunset Blvd. penthouse, while Miller will continue to run most of the management and film production operation from the 10th floor.
Managers Julie Darmody, Dave Fleming, Paul Nelson, Ilan Breil and John Elliott and a small feature production and support staff will stay right where they are.
Gold will likely return to the Gold Co. moniker, while Miller hasn’t yet chosen a new company name.