×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

WME, IMG Combine Film and TV Sales Operations Under Endeavor Content Banner

WME and IMG will combine their film financing and scripted TV sales operations under the central banner of Endeavor Content.

Graham Taylor and Chris Rice will serve as co-presidents of Endeavor Content.

The consolidation of WME’s film finance and advisory wing headed by Taylor and the scripted TV sales efforts led by Rice under IMG comes a few days after the Endeavor brand was resurrected as the name for the parent company of WME and IMG. Endeavor was the scrappy agency that acquired William Morris Agency in 2009, which turned WMA and into WME. IMG came into the fold in 2014, after which the combined entity was known as WME/IMG.

Endeavor Content is beefing up the staff with the appointments of Weinstein Co. alum Negeen Yazdi as senior VP of film and Joe Hipps, late of Media Rights Capital, as senior VP of television. Yazdi was previously president of international production and acquisitions at TWC; Hipps was senior VP at the production entity behind Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

The international film financing company Bloom, acquired in August by Endeavor, will also operate as an autonomous unit of Endeavor Content.

Taylor and Rice said the streamlining into Endeavor Content will make it easier for the company to pursue a unified approach to sales and financing, and it will allow them to make the most of back-office resources. It also reflects the fact that the worlds of financing, producing and distributing film and TV projects are closer than ever before.

Both also emphasized that Endeavor’s focus on building out sales and financing operations are designed to benefit the core WME talent agency’s clients by giving them more options for dealmaking that supports their creative desires. Endeavor’s rivals and studios that do business with the agency’s broad array of clients continue to have concerns about the potential for conflicts of interests as Endeavor content becomes a bigger player.

“With the continued disruption taking place across the media landscape, we are forming Endeavor Content to enable talent to achieve better economics and more creative freedom,” said Taylor. “Through our ability to package content, access capital resources, and engage our global sales infrastructure, Endeavor Content provides a unique platform designed to empower artists and content creators,” Rice said.

Endeavor Content will also be home to WME’s advisory group for film financiers and content producers. The unit headed by Mark Ankner, Liesl Copland, and Alexis Garcia offers guidance on the potential of various projects to clients and outside producers and content firms. That specialty also helps WME offer a valuable expertise to clients, in Rice and Taylor’s view.

The union of Rice and Taylor’s operations has been a long time coming, both executives say, because the structure of the entertainment business has morphed so dramatically in recent years. The stranglehold of a half-dozen major studios has been broken by the rise of digital and international buyers with big appetites and big checks to write for content. Endeavor Content aims to help clients make the most of those opportunities.

“Those lines are all blurring,” Rice says. “It doesn’t make sense any more to separate film and television in the classic way.”

More Film

  • Gone With the Wind Screening

    Film News Roundup: 'Gone With the Wind' Sets Event Cinema Record

    In today’s film news roundup, “Gone with the Wind” sets a new record, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” is acquired, and Tracy Oliver signs with Topic Studios. EVENT CINEMA RECORD The 80th anniversary release of “Gone with the Wind” has grossed $2.23 million in six nationwide screenings on four dates — a record as the [...]

  • Made in Abyss - Journey’s Dawn

    Film Review: ‘Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn’

    It’s a Herculean effort to take a multi-volume manga like author Akihito Tsukushi’s “Made in Abyss,” adapt it into a popular anime television series, and then compress the show into a coherent feature (technically, two movies), but the folks at Sentai Filmworks have done just that. Part one, “Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn,” will screen [...]

  • HAF: 'Assassination,' 'Apprenticeship' Named Project Market

    HAF: 'Assassination,' 'Apprenticeship' Named Project Market Winners

    Eighteen prizes were presented on Wednesday afternoon at the closing ceremony of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum. The project market sits alongside FilMart as part of the Entertainment Expo in Hong Kong. “Wong Tai Sin Assassination” to be directed by Wong Hoi and produced by Derek Kwok Tsz-kin, was named the winner of [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Writers Guild Makes Concession on Film Financing in Agent Talks

    The Writers Guild of America has made a concession in film financing in its negotiations with Hollywood talent agents — the second in six weeks of talks. WGA West executive director David Young said Wednesday that it had made a “significant move” toward reaching a deal with the Association of Talent Agents for a revamped [...]

  • Noah Centineo He-Man

    Noah Centineo to Play He-Man in 'Masters of the Universe' Reboot

    From a boy (who’s loved) to He-Man. Noah Centineo is in talks to take on the superhero in Sony Pictures and Mattel Films’ “Masters of the Universe.” Brothers Adam and Aaron Nee are directing the reboot. Mattel Films is partnering with Sony on the movie, which is based on Mattel’s beloved toy line that spawned [...]

  • Disney Fox Takeover Placeholder

    Disney, Fox Employees Grapple With Day One Transition on Two Hollywood Lots

    What kind of a boss will Disney be? That’s a question facing employees at 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, National Geographic Partners, FX Networks, and other assorted parts of Rupert Murdoch’s former media empire. Wednesday was their first full day as staffers of the Walt Disney Co. and the initial moves have done little to [...]

  • Derek Tsang Hong Kong actor Derek

    'Better Days' Director Derek Tsang Lands in World Cinema Spotlight

    Hong Kong actor-director Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang has recently found himself in the spotlight of the world of cinema, but for the wrong reason. Tsang will be joining a Hong Kong filmmakers panel at FilMart on Thursday with Sunny Chan (“Man on the Dragon”) and Pang Ho-cheung (“Love in a Puff”). The 39-year-old filmmaker was expecting [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content