In the latest in a continuing series of staff changes at the William Morris Agency, Gotham motion picture agent Craig Gering will leave the agency when his contract expires Nov. 4. It’s understood that Gering intends to then move to Los Angeles and join Creative Artists Agency, although neither Gering nor CAA would confirm this.
Most of Gering’s clients are expected to follow him, including writer Kenneth Lonergan (“Analyze This”) and writer-directors Chris Eyre (“Smoke Signals”), Tony Bui (“Three Seasons”) and Christopher Cherot (“Hav Plenty”) .
Gering’s exit follows the confirmation that WMA East Coast co-head of talent, Frank Frattaroli, and senior lit agent Jim Crabbe, also will be leaving the agency at the end of the year.
Other exits are expected at William Morris in the coming months as newly installed prexy Jim Wiatt attempts to trim overhead and build his own team. Wiatt already has brought in former ICM lit agents David Wirtschafter, who now serves as worldwide head of WMA’s motion picture department, and Amy Ferris.
And insiders say WMA is finalizing terms to bring manager-producer Joel Lubin into the percentery as a talent agent. Lubin most recently served as a principal in actor Nick Nolte’s production banner, Kingsgate Films, where he also worked as a manager.
WMA also is said to be in talks to hire DreamWorks development-production exec Eric Handler, also as a talent agent.
A William Morris spokesman declined comment about the new hires.
— Chris Petrikin