Construction hiccups delayed CAA transfer
If everything went smoothly over the Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend, CAA should open for business on Jan. 16 in its new digs in Century City.While there’s never been a date set for when the percentery would decamp from its Beverly Hills HQ, there had been some plans to make the move during the Christmas holiday break. But construction hiccups made it impossible to move in before New Year’s. There’s no reason to think CAA won’t be open for business Jan. 16, but it could make for a tough slog if CAA assistants aren’t at their desks. High-level dealmaking can go on via Blackberry, but exec grunt work — say, preparing lists of available writers and directors — requires the assistants in headsets. ICM is set to make its own trek from Wilshire to Century City over the President’s Day weekend and open for business in the MGM Tower. Meanwhile, the fate of CAA’s old I.M. Pei-designed digs at Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards remains undetermined. Former CAA chief Mike Ovitz — who owns the building with former partners Ron Meyer and Bill Haber — is leading the search for a new tenant. But given all the symbolism of the site, some involved in the tenant search think it could be tough to lure a showbiz shop. “Certainly no agency is going to rent it,” says the source, “but maybe an ad agency or an insurance company.”
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