In light of his contributions to the fight against AIDS, Creative Artists Agency managing partner Kevin Huvane has been named this year's recipient of Piaget's Award of Inspiration, presented by Amfar (The Foundation for AIDS Research). Sarah Jessica Parker will present the award at Amfar's third Inspiration Gala, which will feature Katy Perry as a special guest performer and will be hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler. All proceeds of the gala will benefit Amfar's AIDS research programs.
A managing partner since 1995, Huvane’s long list of clients includes Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Vin Diesel and Jessica Lange. In the mid-2000s, Huvane came on to represent Tom Cruise following a slew of PR blunders for the actor that included a very public feud with former Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, who owned Paramount Pictures, where Cruise called home for several decades. Huvane quickly helped recharge Cruise’s career.
Huvane also played a major role in keeping on some of the agency’ biggest comedic talents after talent agent Jason Heyman and several agents left CAA for UTA. While stars like Will Ferrell and Chris Pratt left for UTA, Huvane, along with a handful of other agents, were able to make sure top talent such as Melissa McCarthy stayed with the agency for years to come.
Like his fellow partners Richard Lovett and Bryan Lourd, Huvane played a key part in bringing on equity firm TPG, which at the time was a major move for an talent agency leading to other top agencies like WME and UTA making similar moves in the years to come. TPG has since acquired a 53% majority stake in the agency in 2015. He was also instrumental in a 2017 deal that gave CMC Capital Partners a minority stake in CAA, paving the path to the formation of CAA China.
Off the agency field, Huvane is a indefatigable champion for the high-school dropout-prevention organization Communities In Schools, which he raised $800,000 for in April 2017. He has also taken the time to serve as a mentor himself.