After almost a week of deliberations, Michael J. Fox decided to end a seven-year relationship with United Talent Agency for a new deal at Creative Artists Agency, the actor’s attorney confirmed Friday.
This ends ongoing speculation that the thesp would ankle UTA after his latest pix, most recently the Buena Vista comedy “Life With Mikey,” failed to reach Fox’s mid-’80s box office heights.
Last week, Fox also met with toppers at the William Morris Agency and Intl. Creative Management before going to the Michael Ovitz camp (Daily Variety, June 9).
“It was a very difficult decision,” said Cliff Gilbert, Fox’s attorney from Ziffren, Brittenham and Branca. “He was very much impressed with everyone he met with.” Fox made his final decision Friday morning.
“All the people of United Talent Agency wish Michael Fox the best of luck in his future career,” said UTA prexy Martin Bauer in a release. “Michael has been a loyal client of ours for the past seven years and was a cornerstone for the tremendous growth and maturation of our company.”
Continued Bauer, “Although we are saddened to lose Michael as a client, we feel fortunate for the relationship we have had with him, and we are tremendously excited about the future of our agency.”
Peter Benedek, who also managed Fox’s legal matters for eight years before the Bauer-Benedek agency was incorporated into UTA in March 1991, was in London and could not be reached for comment.
A CAA executive team of no less than eight people will be involved with managing Fox’s career, according to Gilbert. This effort reportedly will be spearheaded by Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane, and also includes Ron Meyer, Jay Moloney, Richard Leavitt, Jane Sindell, David Lonner and Jonathan Levin. None were available for comment Friday.