Dan Steinman joins CAA

Agent will be based in New York office

Dan Steinman has ankled Sloss Law Office after five years and joined CAA as a film finance and sales agent. Move comes on the heels of Bart Walker’s leaving CAA last month to become a partner at Cinetic, a division of the Sloss firm.

A source said Steinman, a partner at Sloss, resigned Tuesday morning. The firm confirmed Steinman is leaving, but said he has yet to determine his last day.

Steinman will be based in CAA’s New York office and join former Cinetic colleague Micah Green, who left the distribution consulting firm two years ago.

A CAA agent downplayed any notion that the agency was poaching Steinman in a game of tit for tat. The source said the agency has been pursuing Steinman since long before Walker left for Cinetic. Furthermore, Walker was a lit agent for CAA and not a member of the nine-person film finance group, which includes six agents and three sales executives. The move, which is a coup for CAA, plugs a hole left when Kevin Iwashina was ousted from the agency earlier this year.

CAA head of film finance Rick Hess lauded Steinman as someone who “has crafted some of the industry’s most innovative and strategic film sales deals.”

Steinman will work on film sales as well as indie film packaging and financing.

CAA’s recent indie sales include “Then She Found Me” at the Toronto Film Festival, the documentary “In the Shadow of the Moon” and “The Brothers Bloom,” which was one of the largest blind indie film sales ever in North America. The film finance group has also helped arrange financing for more than 50 films in the past three years. including “Into the Wild,” “In the Valley of Elah,” “Michael Clayton,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crash.”