Our first choice for Deep Focus was a no-brainer: Google. It's hard to think of any company more influential in the entertainment industry — and just about every other industry that uses a…
State of the Agency Biz Report
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton informed President Obama on Thursday that he was stepping down from his seat on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, apparently over time commitments. In a…
Perhaps the best way to describe the hefty sums top talent agencies shell out for their headquarters comes from one of Hollywood's best-known tenpercenters, WME's Ari Emanuel: "Oy, gevalt. That's a…
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
Everyone has to start somewhere — even those who one day wind up calling the shots. Variety polled dozens of producers, studio execs, entertainment lawyers, managers and agents to identify those who…
While the U.S. economy's slow recovery from the 2008 financial crisis is among factors that have increased investors' appetites, the inherent volatility of the entertainment business is still an IPO…
Most of the major agencies have an investment group focused on backing everything from producers of online videos to health food and fashion brands.
The most important fact about talent agents today is that no one is scared of them anymore.
On Sept. 21, 2010, attorney Howard Rubinroit, representing developer George Comfort & Sons, questioned Ari Emanuel in the dispute over WME's decision not to move into new Beverly Hills digs that had…
In the past five years, the role of the agent, and the business of running a sizable agency, has been buffeted by monumental changes, spurred by seismic shifts in the broader entertainment landscape.
Bolting WME before another round of post-merger layoffs hit in January 2010, film lit agents Bryan Besser, Adam Levine and Bill Weinstein left with plans to launch their own boutique agency.
As Hollywood's top agencies have been struggling to adjust to seismic economic shifts in showbiz, management companies have proliferated and increasingly gained power across the entertainment…