Adam Venit
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WME

Adam
Venit

Partner and Head, Motion Picture Department

Venit plays a pivotal role at the powerhouse talent agency, which racked up a ton of Golden Globes and Academy Awards this year with wins for best actor and actress Oscar winners Emma Stone and Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, Damien Chazelle, Naomie Harris, among others. Films made by and starring WME clients collectively grossed more than $8 billion at the box office this past year.

Venit also oversees the agency’s finance and distribution team, WME Global, which worked on nearly 100 films and TV shows over the last 12 months, from Oscar-nominated movies “Arrival” and “Fences” to the Emmy award winning series “The Night Manager” and the breakout festival film “Mudbound.”

The agent has negotiated a number of groundbreaking deals for his clients, including Adam Sandler’s pact with Netflix; and Kevin James’ agreement on “Kevin Can Wait.” He is currently negotiating Gal Gadot’s deal on the “Wonder Woman” sequel with Warner Bros. and working on putting together “Creed 2” for clients Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordon. Venit also struck a deal for M. Night Shyamalan on “Split” and helped build out his writer-director client’s TV business with “Wayward Pines.” He put clients Dustin Hoffman and Sandler in Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.”

Venit’s client roster also includes Diane Keaton, Shawn Levy, Vince Vaughn, Marc Foster, Brett Rattner (RatPac) and Eddie Murphy.

Venit worked at Endeavor from 1996 to 2009 when the agency merged with the William Morris Agency. He began his career in the mailroom of Creative Artists Agency, where he worked for 11 years and became a leader in the talent department.

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