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Thornton exits WMA for CAA

NBR's current best actor also adds wife's rep Kosinski as manager

For William Morris, Billy Bob Thornton has become the man who isn’t there.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter, director, actor and musician has discharged the tenpercentery after almost a decade there. He has signed with Creative Artists Agency for all areas of representation.

Thornton is adding Industry Entertainment’s manager Geyer Kosinski to his list of reps, though he it is understood that he will be keeping current manager and former WMA agent Todd Harris as his co-manager.

Kosinski had worked with Thornton in the mid-1990s when he was employed as a talent agent at WMA. Both Kosinski and Harris subsequently ankled WMA to become managers: Kosinski left WMA in March 1997 to join Industry Entertainment, and for a time managed Thornton. He also reps Thronton’s wife, actress Angeline Jolie.

Harris ankled WMA a year and a half ago to form the management company that bears his own name, having previously repped Thornton as an agent since 1987 at the Triad Agency, and later as a manager.

Thornton most recently won the best actor prize from the National Board of Review for his perf in “Monster’s Ball.” He also toplined in MGM’s B.O. disappointment “Bandits” and in the Coen Bros.’ “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” released through USA Films.

Thornton’s album “Private Radio” was released on Mercury Records in September. A short tour to support it was announced and then canceled; co-manager Harris is now organizing a new tour.

Calls placed to CAA and Industry Entertainment were not returned late Monday. Both Harris and William Morris declined comment.