The imbroglio stemming from Arnold Rifkin’s profile in the Sunday London Times has taken on a new wrinkle. At issue: Did agents from the London office of the William Morris Agency actually send a letter to their president, protesting his remarks? Rifkin maintains no such letter exists.
Triggering the debate was a London newspaper interview quoting Rifkin as declaring: “Nobody takes advantage of the unbelievable wealth of talent here.”
A story Monday in Daily Variety stated that some William Morris agents in London sent a letter to Rifkin protesting his remarks and that Rifkin in turn responded to them with an apology.
Rifkin said that no such exchange ever took place. Rather, the WMA office in New York received a letter from another U.K. agency inquiring whether the Times interview had implied that the William Morris Agency would no longer continue the practice of co-representation.
Rifkin, in response, sent his own letter reassuring that he remained absolutely committed to the principles of joint representation. “I can fully understand your annoyance at some of the inferences made in the weekend’s Sunday Times,” Rifkin said.
There was no exchange of correspondence between Rifkin and agents in the William Morris office in London regarding this issue.