At this week’s Toronto Film Fest, Bart Walker will no longer be an agent.
After 16 years at the New York offices of ICM and then CAA, Walker has joined forces as a partner with his friend of 20 years, Cinetic Media’s John Sloss.
While Walker will continue to rep his formidable director list — clients Julie Taymor, Tamara Jenkins, Wayne Wang and Julian Schnabel all have films in the Toronto selection — he will now do so as a manager. And he leaves behind the stresses of being on the fringes of a major talent agency’s core business: serving the studios.
Both Sloss and Walker revel in the opportunity to take advantage of changing times.
“There’s an evolution going on in the industry,” says Sloss, “away from monolithic movie studio control. Everything will be more atomized, from financing to production, even to distribution.”
Says Walker: “I’m the indie guy I want to be. That’s not going to change.”