CAA partner Bryan Lourd is being appointed by President Obama to serve on the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.The White House said Thursday that Obama intended to nominate Lourd to the post.Lourd was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009.Other members of the board include HBO's Michael Lombardo, Giselle Fernandez, Shonda Rhimes and attorney Charles Ortner.
In keeping with traditional agent protocol, Bryan Lourd assiduously maintains a low profile in Hollywood. But those in the know are well aware of how huge a role he plays behind the scenes.
Joining CAA’s leadership group in 1995, Lourd has not only help turn actors like Brad Pitt and George Clooney into movie stars but also played a part in the major expansion of the agency over the past two decades. Lourd continues to rep some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. His list of clients also includes Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Alejandro Inarritu, Darren Aronofsky and Spike Jonze.
Lourd, along with his other members of the leadership group, have taken strides in recent years to expand CAA with deals like its partnership with equity firm TPG, which now owns a 53% majority stake in the agency, as well as its move into the world of sports representation with the CAA Sports division. He will also be able to open new opportunities for his elite clientele via CAA China, a new joint venture with CMC Capital Partners in the region.
Lourd has also been a part of two the biggest talent signings in the past decade, bringing over movie Johnny Depp to the agency after the A-lister had spent most of his career at UTA. The other high-profile signing was landing Ryan Gosling, who for the better part of his career had never been represented by one of the major agencies and had spent the last couple years with no agent altogether. Most recently he coaxed David Letterman out of retirement for a six-episode series on Netflix.