Jeffrey Wernick dies at 56

Exec worked in animation, was sports agent

Former animation exec and sports agent Jeffrey Wernick, who represented such basketball stars as Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and Mike Miller of the Washington Wizards, died Sept. 2 . He was 56.

Wernick served as exec VP of basketball for L.A.-based Wasserman Media Group after longtime agent, Arn Tellem, sold his business to the media conglom in 2006. Having first joined Tellem in 1999, Wernick moved to WMG after the buyout. The firm’s roster included baseball and basketball players Nomar Garciaparra and Jermaine O’Neal, respectively.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he attended the U. of Buffalo before completing law school at NYU in 1978. After a stint in private practice, Wernick joined the fledgling animation company, DIC Animation City, where he eventually served as COO and oversaw the growth of DIC to one of the country’s largest independent cartoon studios.

While at DIC, Wernick represented the studio as an exec of legal and business affairs. He also helped develop the studio’s overseas brand in China.

He is survived by two sisters.

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