David E. Kelley is ankling Endeavor, his longtime home for TV and film representation.
While Kelley has not signed with another agency yet, it’s expected he will do so in the near future. Several tenpercenteries have already made overtures to the Kelley camp in the wake of widespread speculation that Kelley would be exiting Endeavor.
Scribe/producer will continue to be managed by Marty Adelstein, his former Endeavor agent, as well as attorney Michael Gendler. Adelstein ankled the tenpercentery last year to head up Original with Neal Moritz.
Relations between Adelstein and some key Endeavor partners have been strained since Adelstein’s exit, though it’s unclear to what extent — or even whether — that played a role in Kelley’s departure. Kelley is said to maintain close personal relationships with several Endeavor agents, and the parting appears to be amicable.
An Endeavor spokesman said Kelley’s exit “was not an unexpected occurrence.”
“David has been a … valued client since the beginning,” the rep said. “He is not only a great talent but a gentleman and loyal friend as well.”
Kelley’s exit comes at a key time for the producer and his company, David E. Kelley Prods. His ABC drama “The Practice” has not yet been renewed for next season, though all indications are that the Alphabet net is interested in picking the show up, albeit at a reduced license fee to 20th Century Fox TV and David E. Kelley Prods. (Daily Variety, Jan. 9).
In addition, Kelley’s megabucks deal with 20th Century Fox TV is set to expire within the next two years.
Kelley is now working on a CBS drama pilot about a family of brothers living in New Hampshire. His last skein, the Fox hour “Girls Club,” disappeared after a few weeks last fall.
Scribe’s other current drama, Fox’s “Boston Public,” is likely to be back next fall.