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Freeman jumps to CAA

Actor ends 40-year partnership with WMA

Ending one of the longest-running actor-agent relationships in the movie business, Morgan Freeman has left WMA to sign with CAA.

The Oscar-winning actor had spent over 40 years with William Morris’ Jeff Hunter, who discovered Freeman when he was a struggling newcomer on the New York stage at a time when he was moonlighting in the cast of public television kidshow “The Electric Company.”

Freeman will next be seen starring with Steve Carell in the Tom Shadyac-directed “Evan Almighty”; he just completed starring with Jack Nicholson in “The Bucket List” and is shooting “Wanted” and Batsequel “The Dark Knight.”

Freeman’s exit wasn’t tied to a specific event. CAA, led by Fred Specktor, courted him for a long time. Move comes as Freeman’s ambitions grow with Revelations Entertainment, the production company he runs with Lori McCreary. They recently hired Ann Dubinet to run newly formed Global Revelations, which create offshore alliances for producing projects. Revelations’ emphasis on technology made it a good fit with tech-savvy CAA, which will rep Revelations as well.

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