Richard Lovett
Max S. Gerber
United States
2020

CAA

Richard
Lovett

Co-Chairman / Agent, Motion Picture Literary

As president of Creative Artists Agency for the past quarter century, Lovett oversaw its expansion into new territories from the Far East (CAA China) to merchant banking (Evolution Media Capital). But he could not escape the wrath of COVID-19, which led the company to furlough 275 employees, cut 90 agents and reduce salaries, including his and those of fellow chairmen Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane, all three of whom pledged to forgo pay in 2020. Nonetheless, the agency managed to lend a helping hand. The CAA Foundation helped launch #FirstRespondersFirst, an initiative raising nearly $8 million to support healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic, and the agency hosted a virtual CAA Amplify Town Hall putting forth concrete steps to end institutional racism throughout the industry. Lovett relinquished his role as CAA president in January 2021 and remains co-chairman.

Career

  • CAA

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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