N.Y.-based rep will start agency's first broadcasting dept.
Paradigm has hired Gotham-based veteran WMA agent Jim Griffin, who will start the agency’s first broadcasting department.Griffin left WME last fall, one of the big names dislodged in the wake of the merger between WMA and Endeavor. Griffin had been an agent at WMA for 32 years. Well respected in New York dealmaking circles, Griffin’s lucrative longtime clients include Regis Philbin, Emeril Lagasse, Fred Thompson, Jim Lehrer, Chris Cuomo, Geraldo Rivera, John Gibson, Bernard Goldberg, Mike Barnicle, Charles Grodin and Willard Scott. They are joining Griffin. Griffin’s hire was announced internally by Paradigm chief Sam Gores. Agency was not forthcoming on whether Griffin would add agents to its broadcasting department, which will be based in Paradigm’s Park Avenue headquarters. Griffin becomes the second agent Paradigm added from the fallout at WME, following Erwin More, who reps the likes of “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay. The agency also hired former UTA agent David Guillod.