Following the mass defection of agents and clients from CAA’s comedy division, Melissa McCarthy is also voting with her feet. Sources tell Variety that McCarthy has decided to exit CAA and sign with UTA.
The news follows the departures of 10 top agents, including comedy chiefs Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak, who have taken a majority of their clients to UTA. Besides McCarthy, Will Ferrell and Chris Pratt also moved to the rival agency.
A UTA spokesperson said the actress has not signed with the agency. Sources go on to add the signing is expected soon once McCarthy is finished with filming on “Mike and Molly.”
McCarthy, star on CBS’ “Mike and Molly,” is one of the most successful actors at the box office in recent years, with her last four comedies earning over $400 million in total domestically.
She will next be seen in “Spy,” which reteams McCarthy with her “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig, and she’s also set to star in the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot at Sony.
“Spy” received rave reviews at SXSW, with Variety critic Justin Chang writing that McCarthy gets “the funniest, most versatile and sustained comic showcase of her movie career in this deliriously entertaining action-comedy.”