Robert Stein leaves Paradigm

Exiting agent will form film company

Robert Stein is leaving his role as Paradigm agent to focus on the formation of a company that will package and finance films.

He’s not going far, though. Not only will he continue to work temporarily from the percentery’s Beverly Hills headquarters, Stein will rely on Paradigm talent resources for his new venture.

Stein said he expects to have his financing in place by year’s end, along with some initial projects. His plans also call for the acquisition of a foreign sales company and an arrangement with a domestic distributor. Agencies have increasingly made it a priority to tap into funds to package films for clients, and there appears to be an opportunity for mutual benefit between Stein and Paradigm.

Stein, who spent the past 3½ years at Paradigm, previously served stints at William Morris, where he was once co-head of worldwide motion picture, and United Talent Agency, where he was a founding partner. At WMA, he once repped Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Darabont, both of whom moved to CAA before Stein left for Paradigm.

At Paradigm, he repped Joseph Ruben, William Friedkin, Matt Williams, Walter Latham and Chuck Russell. As he helped Gores meld several talent agency acquisitions into Paradigm, Stein got involved in packaging and selling films. Along the way, he hatched the idea of a new film venture that Gores will champion.

“Robert came to Paradigm as we began our rapid expansion; his knowledge and relationships have greatly contributed to the success we’ve had these past four years,” Gores said. “Robert has an exciting opportunity within his grasp, and we will do everything we can to help him succeed.”

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