Director leaves CAA after agents ankle

Director John Waters has signed with WMA. He had been repped by CAA.

Waters exited right after his two primary agents, Ken Stovitz and Kevin Iwashina, ankled CAA in quick succession.

“I had a great run at CAA, but when both of my agents left and didn’t become agents elsewhere, I was aggressively pursued by William Morris and it seemed time to start a new chapter,” Waters told Daily Variety.

Waters makes the move as New Line prepares to release the musical remake of his 1988 film “Hairspray,” one of the first mainstream movies Waters directed after helming the Baltimore-based trash masterpieces “Pink Flamingos,” “Female Trouble” and “Polyester.”

Waters last directed the 2004 comedy “A Dirty Shame.”

He has enlisted Iwashina to become a producer along with Christine Vachon and Ted Hope on his next indie feature, the satire “Fruitcake.” He’s also involved in a Broadway transformation of his 1990 pic “Cry-Baby.”

Also helping to lure Waters to WMA was the fact that it has a book division; he said that he’d like to write another one soon, after five previous.

Waters is also busy on the TV front, waiting to see if Court TV renews “‘Til Death Do Us Part.” Waters hosts the show, which follows true stories of marriages that end when one spouse kills the other.

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