WMA taps Lubin for film

Ex-Kingsgate exec added as agent, Fritz hired from ICM

Continuing its hiring spree, the William Morris Agency has tapped Joel Lubin as an agent in the motion picture talent department, reporting to Hylda Queally, head of North American motion picture talent.

Lubin’s hiring had been expected (Daily Variety, Sept. 27, 1999). He joins WMA after three years as a principal with Nick Nolte’s Kingsgate Films. In addition to his producing activities, Lubin also worked as a manager whose clients included Andy Dick and Vicki Lewis.

At Kingsgate Lubin exec produced “Simpatico,” starring Nolte, Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone.

WMA also has hired Jenny Fritz as an agent in the motion picture literary department. Fritz joins WMA from ICM, where she worked as an agent in the percentery’s television lit department. She is expected to move into her WMA digs today.

Though the agency has added these two new agents (with at least one more expected later this week), insiders expect that WMA prexy and co-CEO Jim Wiatt will begin making large scale staff cuts in the agency’s Los Angeles and New York offices as early as today. While Wiatt recently visited WMA’s London offices, it’s unclear when and to what extent cuts will take place there.