The agents, who both began in the WMA mailroom, were initially not invited to join WME but were told they would be beached for the duration of their contracts. After a short standoff, they became free agents. They had several offers from major agencies and committed to UTA Monday night.
Their move follows UTA’s hiring of outgoing WMA agent Steve Rabineau as partner.
IsHak has been an agent at WMA since 1997, while Sheresky became an agent in the WMA book department in 1992, where his first deal was to sell the Jim Lovell proposal “Apollo 13” to Universal and Imagine. After taking a two-year sabbatical to attend Harvard Business School, Sheresky became a lit agent and has long worked as a team with IsHak.
Most of the duo’s clients are expected to join them at UTA. They include: Ice Cube and Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez; “Fantastic Four” helmer Tim Story ; F. Gary Gray (just directed “Law Abiding Citizen”); Sylvain White, ; “Terminator Salvation” scribes John Brancato & Mike Ferris Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (wrote “Jonah Hex” and wrote/directed the Gerard Butler-starrer “Gamer”); “X-Men” scribe David Hayter; “A History of Violence” scribe Josh Olson; “The Break-Up” co-writer Jeremy Garelick (makes his directing debut on “The Insane Laws” at Columbia); “Sleeper Cell” creators Cy Voris & Ethan Reiff.
“Ramses and Mike are great agents, widely respected throughout our community, and we believe they will be an outstanding addition to our literary department and to the agency overall,” said David Kramer, head of UTA’s motion picture lit department.