The Agency for the Performing Arts has laid off three agents, including John Tarnoff, who joined the company only last September.
While a spokesperson for the agency would confirm only the three layoffs, which also affected literary agent Jasmine Lam and New York-based talent agent Terry Danuser, sources close to APA said that at least two other dismissals will be coming within the next several weeks.
According to the source, the agency is said to be undergoing belt-tightening partly due to the fact that the company recently opened a new office in Nashville.
Dismissal was mutual
Reached Monday, Tarnoff said his dismissal was mutual, and that “in view of the direction the company was taking, I felt it was best to move along. I’ve been very committed to making the situation work here, but there are areas where we disagree.”
Tarnoff, who headed the agency’s film packaging division, worked for more than a dozen years as an agent, production executive, producer and personal manager before joining APA last September. While at APA, he packaged “Nature of the Beast” at New Line, which will star Eric Roberts and APA client Lance Henriksen.
Lam formerly worked as a trainee at William Morris and as an assistant to APA agent Justin Dardis before being promoted to agent about five months ago.
The agency just lost two high-profile clients — Richard Thomas and Markie Post — both of whom jumped ship for rival Creative Artists Agency.