William Morris Endeavor agent David Lubliner is departing the company for a post at United Talent Agency, individuals familiar with the move told Variety.
The parting of ways was amicable, the insiders added. Lubliner was a veteran in WME’s motion picture literary department. Rumors of his exit had been floating since Hollywood reopened for the new year, with several other agencies in the mix as potential homes. It is not uncommon for reorganization within the talent agencies after the holidays (“bonus season,” as it is more bluntly referred to).
Lubliner joins UTA as the latest in a flurry of hires at the company, including the addition of Marc Paskin in the news and broadcasting division, client adds in John Kasich and Queen Latifah, and the naming of former CAA agent Darnell Strom as the head of a new culture and leadership division.
Clients on his WME roster included Bill Condon (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Dreamgirls”), Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester By the Sea”), Mark Bomback (“Planet of the Apes” series) and heatseeking writer-director Justin Simien (“Dear White People”). He was also on teams for Illene Chaiken (“The Handmaids Tale”) and Sarah Treem (“The Affair”).
Details of Lubliner’s new role and what clients may or may not come with him are expected in the coming days.