In a departure that could significantly reshuffle the Hollywood talent agency pecking order, Steve Dontanville has decided to ankle International Creative Management after 17 years with the tenpercentery. He is understood to be in final negotiations to join the William Morris Agency, though execs there declined comment.
“We wish him well in his future pursuits,” was all that ICM topper Jeff Berg would say through an agency spokeswoman.
While it’s certain that Dontanville will depart, what’s unclear is just how many of his clients at ICM might ultimately take the walk through what of late seems like a direct underground tunnel to William Morris.
According to insiders familiar with the negotiations, current ICM clients that may elect to leave with Dontanville include thesps Meg Ryan, Holly Hunter, Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Stewart, Julianne Margulies, Benjamin Bratt, Sela Ward and Alfre Woodard.
The remainder of Dontanville’s client list and their future allegiances were not immediately clear.
Since last August, several prominent ICM agents, including George Freeman, Danny Greenberg, book agent Alicia Gordon and ICM lit agents Amy Ferris and Jenny Fritz ankled the shop and followed the call of their beckoning ex-ICM co-chief Jim Wiatt, and that of his right-hand man, David Wirtschafter, now WMA’s worldwide motion picture head.
What started as an intra-agency struggle for power between Berg and Wiatt has now resulted in a bevy of A-list ICM clients for WMA, including Eddie Murphy, Sylvester Stallone, Tim Allen, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, director Spike Lee and “The Matrix” creators Andy and Larry Wachowski.
Dontanville could not be reached for comment.