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The tides of change continue to crash upon the agency front, with several moves highlighting the Halloween weekend.

The Endeavor agency has signed actor Mark Wahlberg (“Boogie Nights,” “Three Kings”), writer-director Paul Schrader (“Bringing Out the Dead,” “Affliction”) and writer Ann Biderman (“Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” “Primal Fear”).

Wahlberg, who’s lensing “The Perfect Storm” for Warner Bros., had been represented by UTA for more than five years (except for a short, six-month stint at CAA), during which time he went from being hip-hopper Marky Mark to film star. Wahlberg, who next toplines “Metal God” for Warner Bros., continues to be managed by Leverage Entertainment.

Schrader, whose credits include “The Mosquito Coast” and contriving the character Travis Bickel for Robert De Niro in “Taxi Driver,” had been with the William Morris Agency.

Biderman, who was repped by ICM, is expected to make her directing debut on her screenplay “Rescue Me” for Initial Entertainment Group.

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Creative Artists Agency talent rep Karen Friedman, who played a pivotal role in launching the careers of Claire Danes (“Romeo & Juliet”) and Billy Crudup (“Pre”), is leaving the agency business. It’s understood that Friedman, who has worked at CAA for three years, will leave by the first of the year.

Friedman is getting married later this month and will be moving with her soon-to-be husband, a headhunter, to Frankfurt, Germany, to establish a new recruiting banner.

Friedman joined CAA in early 1996 from Writers & Artists Agency, where she worked in the New York office. In addition to Danes and Crudup, who both followed her to CAA from W&A, Friedman worked at CAA with Rachel Weisz (“The Mummy”) and Steve Zahn (“Out of Sight”), among others.

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Carrie-Anne Moss, who co-starred opposite Keanu Reeves in “Matrix,” has left UTA after only a year with the agency. Moss has not signed with another agency but continues to be repped by her longtime Vancouver-based manager Liz Hodgson.

Moss also left attorney Barry Hirsch, returning to her former counsel, Robert Lange, of Kleinberg, Lopez, Lange, Brisbin & Cuddy. It’s unclear why the actress, who’s shooting Warner’s “Red Planet,” left UTA and Hirsch, but sources said her departure was sudden and came during negotiations for her to reprise her role in the next two “Matrix” installments, which are slated to begin lensing in Australia next year.

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