Career upheaval continues for Tom and Roseanne Arnold, as the couple severed a lengthy relationship with the William Morris Agency Tuesday, opting to move over to Intl. Creative Management.
The move comes on the heels of a decision last week by Columbia Pictures to put the Arnolds’ one feature project this summer, “Car Picture,” into turnaround (Daily Variety, May 26).
While ICM sources said there were no firm feature projects yet on the table for the Arnolds, speculation within the industry is that it will be impossible for the agency to restart “Car” in time to meet a June 15 deadline — the date the Arnolds would have to start principal photography in order to finish in time for the new TV season.
As ICM’s newest clients, the Arnolds are getting the red-carpet treatment, as they will be represented by a team of ICM honchos led by agency chairman/CEO Jeff Berg.
ICM prexy and chief operating officer Jim Wiatt will also be a part of the team, as will exec veepee Alan Berger — who will handle the couple’s television careers — and film department senior veep Toni Howard.
The duo will be represented by ICM not only in film and television work, but also in commercials and personal appearances.
The Arnolds have acted in two TV films together –“Backfield in Motion” and “The Woman Who Loved Elvis”– and they move over to ICM with a continuing interest to work together, especially in the feature film arena.
They come with several TV projects already locked up, having signed with Carsey-Werner Co. to produce at least another three seasons of ABC’s “Roseanne.”
Tom Arnold, meanwhile, is skedded to star in a midseason show on CBS, tentatively titled “Tom,” about a blue-collar father. The Arnolds most likely will have a role in producing the sitcom, but it’s uncertain what other production company might step up to bat with the project.
In addition, the couple is intent on producing other shows for television, according to ICM sources. Under their Wapello County Prods. Inc. banner, they recently signed a first-look, non-exclusive agreement with ABC to develop new series and specials.
Recent exec producer credits include the animated ABC special “The Rosey and Buddy Show” and the HBO specials “Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth, Parts I, II, and III,””Roseanne Arnold, Live From Trump Castle” and “Roseanne, Live From Guthrie.”
As for William Morris, Roseanne Arnold had been with the agency since the start of her television show in 1988, represented by Morris senior veepee John Burnham.
She had previously been represented by Triad Artists, but ended up suing the agency over a packaging deal. The suit was settled out of court last year.