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William Craver retires from Paradigm

Longtime agent will stay on in emeritus role

Longtime legiter William Craver has retired after a 40-year career as an agent, leaving behind day-to-day duties as a tenpercenter at Paradigm and taking on a new role there as agent emeritus, overseeing the agency’s Broadway philanthropy initiatives.

Craver’s client list included the estate of Jonathan Larson, the late creator of “Rent”; David Henry Hwang, the playwright (“M. Butterfly”) the focus of season-long programming at Off Broadway’s Signature Theater; and Eric Schaeffer, helmer of the recent Main Stem revival of “Follies.” A rep for Paradigm said most of Craver’s clients are expected to remain with the agency, but full details for the entire roster have yet to be confirmed.

Jack Tantleff, who was upped to Paradigm’s head of theatrical lit in 2011, will continue to run the daily operations of the department, working alongside a team that includes Jonathan Mills.

Craver kicked off his legit career working with producer Saint Suber on original stage productions of Neil Simon comedies such as “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park” and on the Mike Nichols-helmed 1967 revival of “The Little Foxes.” He worked as a company manager and general manager for a string of Off Broadways shows while also acting as a producer for plays and a couple of screen outings.

As an agent, he was a co-owner and partner of Writers and Artists Agency until Paradigm acquired the firm in 2004. He’s repped titles including “Proof” and “Urinetown.”

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