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Franklin & Tantleff to rep talent such as McNally, Ahrens

In a big shift for the Gotham tenpercentery world, Peter Franklin and Jack Tantleff will head up the theater department at the William Morris Agency.

Together the two agents rep such major legit talent as Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Craig Lucas, Frank Galati, Richard Nelson, A.R. Gurney, Ken Ludwig, Paula Vogel, Susan Birkenhead, Henry Krieger, David Yazbek, Brian Friel, Arthur Kopit and Adam Guettel, among many others.

Franklin segued two years ago to the Gersh Agency from WMA, where he started in the business as an assistant to the legendary Gilbert Parker. Tantleff comes from Abrams Artists & Associates; he had previously headed up his own eponymous firm.

The two agents’ move to William Morris immediately enlivens the theater department there after the departure of George Lane to CAA earlier this year.

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