Agent leaves CAA for Tull's new venture
CAA videogame agent Larry Shapiro has ankled the tenpercentery to join Thomas Tull’s new private equity-backed vidgame venture Brash Entertainment.Shapiro will be the top creative exec at Brash, which is currently raising more than $150 million to publish videogames (Daily Variety, March 27). He’ll work alongside Mitch Davis, who’s serving as CEO, and Nicholas Longano, who has been tapped as prexy. The two came to Brash from videogame advertising company Massive, which Microsoft bought last year. Reps for Brash declined to comment on Shapiro’s appointment or the company’s plans. Brash isn’t publicly disclosing information until it finishes raising capital. However, sources indicated that it is currently licensing numerous movie and TV properties, both upcoming releases and library titles, to turn into games. It is also expected to publish several original games. Warner Bros. will distribute Brash games. Legendary Pictures topper Tull is co-founder of Brash along with Atlanta-based businessman Bert Ellis. Shapiro helped to start CAA’s videogame arm when he joined the agency in 2000. He co-led the department with Seamus Blackley, a former Microsoft exec who came to the tenpercentery in 2003.