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Hill leaves ICM for WMA

Director Walter Hill has ankled International Creative Management after a 20 -year association to be represented by the William Morris Agency, sources confirmed yesterday.

Sources also confirmed that Robert Duvall has reached agreement with Columbia Pictures to star in Hill’s upcoming $ 35 million Western “Geronimo.”

Duvall’s deal is his first since he signed with WMA earlier this year.

Jeff Berg, who’s now ICM chairman, originally signed Hill to the agency. “Our company wishes Walter the best in his future career plans,” Berg said.

Hill’s new agency team will include William Morris Agency’s worldwide head of motion pictures Arnold Rifkin, executive veepee Leonard Hirshan and motion picture department co-head John Burnham.

Hill is married to former ICM agent Hildy Gottlieb, who left the agency in July 1990 to become president of Alec Baldwin’s Meadowbrook Prods. banner.

Hill made his directorial debut with the 1975 “Hard Times,” following screenwriting credits on “The Drowning Pool,””The Thief Who Came to Dinner,””The Mackintosh Man” and “The Getaway.”

As a filmmaker, his work has encompassed science fiction, Westerns and the “buddy” genre. Other movies he directed are the 1982 release “48 HRS.,””Johnny Handsome,””Red Heat,””Crossroads,””Brewster’s Millions” and “Streets of Fire.”

WMA acknowledged its representation of Hill, but had no further comment.

Hill’s association with WMA tacks to the agency’s list of client filmmakers, including Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven”), Bruce Beresford (“Rich in Love”), Agnieszka Holland (“Europa, Europa”), Stephen Frears (“Hero”), John Badham (“Point of No Return”), Robert Altman (“The Player”), Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant”), Quentin Tarantino (“Reservoir Dogs”), Gus Van Sant (“Drugstore Cowboy”) and Alan Rudolph (“Mortal Thoughts”).

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