Hans Zimmer, who won an Oscar for the score of “The Lion King” and is one of film’s most sought-after composers, has jumped ship from the Gorfaine-Schwartz agency to WME.
A WME spokesman confirmed that Zimmer has been signed; Zimmer was unavailable for comment.
WME has been building a music client list since the arrival of former Gorfaine-Schwartz exec Amos Newman a few weeks ago. David Newman (“Hoffa”), David Holmes (“Ocean’s Eleven”) and Alan Elliott (“Celebrity Deathmatch”) are among other recent signees, Variety has learned.
Zimmer, a longtime client of the venerable Gorfaine-Schwartz agency, has eight other Oscar noms, including “Gladiator,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “Inception.” He also scored “Rango,” one of the year’s early B.O. hits.
WME is reportedly wooing other members of Zimmer’s Remote Control Prods. as well as composers at other agencies.