In the latest WMA-Endeavor merger shakeout, William Morris Independent co-heads Cassian Elwes and Rena Ronson are leaving the agency. Endeavor Independent chief Graham Taylor will take the reins of the indie film wing of WME.
While it remains to be seen how the rest of the department rounds out, insiders said Jerome Duboz, a WMA lit agent who was a key member of the William Morris Independent team, will stay.
How the indie film divisions would shake out in the WMA-Endeavor merger was a hot topic of conversation at Cannes. During the fest, Elwes and Ronson were busy selling territories on films including the Ryan Gosling-Michelle Williams pic “Blue Valentine” (co-repped with Endeavor Independent), and Taylor did the same on pics including “Unbound Captives,” the drama to be directed by Madeleine Stowe that has Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson attached.
During their long tenure at WMA, Elwes and Ronson have helped put together such indie films as “Half Nelson,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “Frozen River” and “Monster’s Ball.”
The two were also key players in Incentive Filmed Entertainment, the WMA-generated $100 million film production fund that was designed to finance up to 50 movies with budgets under $15 million. The first titles to come from that effort included Natalie Portman starrer “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits” and “Blue Valentine.”