Berry cans WMA over New Yorker profile

Decision stems from Wirtschafter comments

Halle Berry dismissed the William Morris Agency Thursday as a result of the New Yorker’s profile of newly minted agency president David Wirtschafter.

She will not be seeking agency representation for the time being. Vincent Cirrincione manages her.

A source close to the Oscar-winning actress said her decision stemmed wholly from comments Wirtschafter made in Tad Friend’s 6,000-word piece, which she felt compromised her rights and privileges as an agency client.

Friend devotes three long paragraphs to a conversation Wirtschafter had with Berry’s attorney regarding her starring role in Revolution Studios’ “Perfect Stranger.”

In this section, the agent is quoted as saying, “She’ll give up a little money to get a good director or co-star,” to which Friend added, “thereby essentially buying insurance for her career, which needs burnishing after ‘Catwoman.’ ”

Added Friend, “(S)tudio executives believe, for now, that she’s a good actress who was in a very bad movie; a second straight bomb could lower her ‘quote’ significantly.”

Friend also outlines the actress’s terms for “Catwoman” ($12.5 million against 10% of the gross). However, it is unclear who provided that information to the writer. CAA negotiated the deal.

Per article, Wirtschafter tells the attorney what Berry’s terms will be if she reduces her price on “Perfect Stranger.”

“She will be treated as an investor in the film for the difference,” Wirtschafter is quoted as saying, “and for every dollar she invests she would get a dollar-fifty out of the gross until she recoups a hundred and fifty per cent [sic] of her investment.”

Friend closes the Berry section with, “(A) week later, the studio agreed to Berry’s terms.” Friend doesn’t specify to which set of terms Revolution agreed.

Friend also interviewed Berry for the piece.

Of Wirtschafter, she said, “It’s been a challenge for Dave to deal with actors, to learn to be more verbose. I feel honored when he goes out with me, or even puts on a new shirt, because he’s so not about the bullshit of this town.”

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