Endeavor Elevates Mark Shapiro To President

Endeavor, the umbrella company that holds the likes of WME, IMG and the UFC, has promoted Mark Shapiro to the newly created post of president. The longtime exec has been chief content officer at IMG since 2014, when he arrived after being CEO of dick c…

Endeavor, the umbrella company that holds the likes of WME, IMG and the UFC, has promoted Mark Shapiro to the newly created post of president. The longtime exec has been chief content officer at IMG since 2014, when he arrived after being CEO of dick clark productions. During his time at Endeavor, he has helped to unify IMG's fashion business, supported the UFC’s media rights deal with ESPN, developed formats for IMG's events portfolio, and grew the Endeavor Global…

Rick Rosen Teases TV Deals, Talks “Tech Invasion” And WME As Content Producer

Rick Rosen, head of television, broadcast and sports for WME, didn’t really announce any new TV deals at tonight’s Paley Dialogues conversation at Paley Center in Beverly Hills — but the veteran dealmaker dropped a few intriguing hints about futu…

Rick Rosen, head of television, broadcast and sports for WME, didn't really announce any new TV deals at tonight's Paley Dialogues conversation at Paley Center in Beverly Hills — but the veteran dealmaker dropped a few intriguing hints about future projects during a fast-paced Q & A. In answering a question about the trend toward rebooting hit shows (Will & Grace, Murphy Brown) Rosen suggested that client Dick Wolf was planning a revival of "a show he did a year ago…

Lee Daniels Signs With WME

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Lee Daniels, who directed the films Precious and The Butler, and co-created the hit Fox drama Empire.
Daniels had been at CAA. He started as a casting assistant on the groundbreaking Prince film Purple Rain, and then became a …

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Lee Daniels, who directed the films Precious and The Butler, and co-created the hit Fox drama Empire. Daniels had been at CAA. He started as a casting assistant on the groundbreaking Prince film Purple Rain, and then became a producer of films that included Monster’s Ball and The Woodsman, before moving up to director on Shadowboxer. His breakout as director was Precious, the 2009 searing drama that got him Oscar nominations for Best Director and…

Broadway’s New “Tootsie” Santino Fontana Inks With WME

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Santino Fontana, the actor set for the lead role – or roles – in Broadway’s upcoming Tootsie, for representation in all areas.
Fontana, who voiced Prince Hans in Disney’s animated feature Frozen and was Tony-…

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Santino Fontana, the actor set for the lead role – or roles – in Broadway’s upcoming Tootsie, for representation in all areas. Fontana, who voiced Prince Hans in Disney's animated feature Frozen and was Tony-nominated for playing Prince Topher in Broadway’s 2013 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, has been cast as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in the Tootsie musical previewing at the Broadway’s Marquis Theatre March 29 (opening…

‘The Girl In The Spider Web’s Sylvia Hoeks Inks With WME

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Sylvia Hoeks, who is on the big screen now opposite Claire Foy in Columbia Pictures’ The Girl in the Spider’s Web. The move comes after she starred with Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright in last year’s B…

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Sylvia Hoeks, who is on the big screen now opposite Claire Foy in Columbia Pictures’ The Girl in the Spider's Web. The move comes after she starred with Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright in last year’s Blade Runner 2049. Next up for the Dutch-born Hoeks: playing the female lead opposite Jason Momoa in See, Apple’s upcoming original series from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and director Francis Lawrence. She will play Queen Kane…

Endeavor Promotes Dan Limerick To Head Rep Divisions’ Biz Affairs

Dan Limerick has been set as Head of Business Affairs across Endeavor’s representation businesses, which include WME, IMG Models, The Wall Group, Art & Commerce and Dixon Talent. The former Warner Bros Television exec, who had been Head of Te…

Dan Limerick has been set as Head of Business Affairs across Endeavor’s representation businesses, which include WME, IMG Models, The Wall Group, Art & Commerce and Dixon Talent. The former Warner Bros Television exec, who had been Head of Television Business Affairs at WME since 2016, will work alongside Courtney Braun, who was named Head of Legal Affairs in April. In the new role, Limerick will oversee deal-making for the company's clients and business strategy for…

Endeavor Promotes Executive Dan Limerick to Head of Business Affairs

Endeavor announced on Monday that it has promoted Dan Limerick to head of business affairs for the company’s representation business, including WME, IMG Models, The Wall Group, Art & Commerce and Dixon Talent.
Limerick will oversee the deal-m…

Endeavor announced on Monday that it has promoted Dan Limerick to head of business affairs for the company’s representation business, including WME, IMG Models, The Wall Group, Art & Commerce and Dixon Talent.

Limerick will oversee the deal-making process for Endeavor’s clients and business strategy for client deals; that includes the negotiation of talent agreements, licensing arrangements, exploitation of IP and television packages. Additionally, Limerick will be involved with managing guild relationships for the talent management and media company.

He will work alongside Courtney Braun, who was named head of legal affairs earlier this year, but all current business affairs executives across Endeavor will report to him.

Limerick joined WME in 2016 as head of TV Business Affairs. He has been an integral part of a number of landmark deals over the course of his career, particularly in television. During his time at WME, Limerick has negotiated deals for a wide range of clients, played a critical role in several key signings and brokered many licensing arrangements.

Prior to joining WME, Limerick was executive vice president and head of business affairs for Warner Bros. TV, where he began in 2002.  He started his entertainment career in Carsey-Werner’s Legal Department and is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and Wesleyan University.

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WME Building Partially Evacuated After Suspicious Package Reported

The lower levels of WME’s office building in Beverly Hills were briefly evacuated on Wednesday after a suspicious package was reported, according to local law enforcement.
The first two floors of the building at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and C…

The lower levels of WME’s office building in Beverly Hills were briefly evacuated on Wednesday after a suspicious package was reported, according to local law enforcement.

The first two floors of the building at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Camden Ave., which includes an Equinox gym, were cleared of occupants as police were called to investigate. Beverly Hills police have told TheWrap that the package was ruled non-threatening and that the evacuation has been lifted.

The evacuation comes two weeks after Florida resident Cesar Sayoc was arrested following an investigation into mail bombs sent to prominent critics of President Donald Trump. Among the targets Sayoc is accused of sending bombs to are former President Barack Obama, Democratic donor George Soros, and actor Robert De Niro, the latter of whom said “F— Trump” onstage at this year’s Tony Awards.

The 56-year-old Sayoc was arraigned earlier this week, with a federal judge ordering the defendant to be held without bail.

The bomb scare has prompted major media outlets and Hollywood studios to increase their security measures, with a CNN executive telling TheWrap that all mail to their bureaus is now being diverted and scanned off-site. Meanwhile, bomb-sniffing dogs and plainclothes security were used at the premiere of Amazon Studios’ “Suspiria” last month.

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WME Briefly Evacuated After Suspicious Package Delivered to L.A. Office

Police were called to WME’s headquarters on Wednesday after a suspicious package was delivered to the Beverly Hills office. Though the lower level was temporarily evacuated, employees in the upper levels of the building remained in the office as …

Police were called to WME’s headquarters on Wednesday after a suspicious package was delivered to the Beverly Hills office. Though the lower level was temporarily evacuated, employees in the upper levels of the building remained in the office as police assessed the scene. Camden Avenue, where the building is located, was blocked off. Beverly Hills […]

WME Evacuated Due To Suspicious Package

We heard that the first two levels of the WME building at 9601 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, specifically the Garden level and Equinox health club, were evacuated due to the presence of a suspicious package. Approximately 40 people, mostly from the h…

We heard that the first two levels of the WME building at 9601 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, specifically the Garden level and Equinox health club, were evacuated due to the presence of a suspicious package. Approximately 40 people, mostly from the health club, departed the building. We’re now hearing that crowd is being permitted back into the building with police packing up after assessing the situation. “The situation was assessed and the threat level was found to be…

Oscar Isaac Makes The Move To WME

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar Isaac, who most recently starred in Chris Weitz’s MGM movie Operation Finale and is reprising the role of Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode IX, has signed with WME for representation in all areas.
Isaac, who won a Golden Globe in…

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar Isaac, who most recently starred in Chris Weitz’s MGM movie Operation Finale and is reprising the role of Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode IX, has signed with WME for representation in all areas. Isaac, who won a Golden Globe in 2016 for HBO’s Show Me a Hero, has several film projects in the works including starring in JC Chandor’s ensemble Triple Frontier, the long-gestating dramatic thriller set up at Netflix. He also voices Gomez Addams in MGM’s…

Endeavor Names Former Under Armour Exec Kerry Chandler as New HR Chief

WME parent company Endeavor announced on Monday that it has hired former Under Armour executive Kerry Chandler as the entertainment company’s new chief human resources officer.
“As Endeavor continues evolving and expanding, the human resour…

WME parent company Endeavor announced on Monday that it has hired former Under Armour executive Kerry Chandler as the entertainment company’s new chief human resources officer.

“As Endeavor continues evolving and expanding, the human resources function and its role in maintaining an environment where our employees have the support and resources to really thrive and seize opportunities become more important than ever,” Endeavor CEO Ariel Emanuelsaid in a statement. “Kerry brings incredible experience across all of the key drivers in creating, and sustaining, this type of environment on a global scale.”

Before serving as chief human resource officer at Under Armour, Chandler held senior executive HR roles with Christie’s International, the National Basketball Association, Disney and ESPN, IBM, and Motorola, among others. Chandler takes over the role at Endeavor, replacing Carole Katz who is stepping down after 18 years with the company. Katz with retain an advisory role with Endeavor in the interim.

Chandler will work across all of Endeavor’s sports, fashion and entertainment companies, which include WME, IMG and UFC.

“Endeavor has undergone an amazing transformation over the last several years, establishing a significant presence across all facets of media,” Chandler said in a statement. “It’s an exciting time to become part of this company’s journey and have an opportunity to support such a passionate and driven team.”

Chandler began her career as an HR representative at the McDonnell Douglas Corporation before a series of positions with Exxon, Motorola, and IBM. A love for sports brought her to ESPN in 2000 where she served as a Senior Vice President, overseeing HR operations for the company.

She later held several similar positions within the Disney family including a key role at Hong Kong Disneyland before transitioning to the NBA in 2007 where she rose to Executive Vice President. She then moved on to Christie’s before joining Under Armour as Chief Human Resources Officer in 2015.

Chandler has received numerous recognitions including being named a “Game Changer” among women in sports by the SportsBusiness Journal; one of “The Most Powerful Women in Business” by Black Enterprise; and BizWomen’s “Top 100 Business Women to Watch.”

Chandler is currently a member of the Human Resources Policy Institute (HRPI) and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). She also serves on the espnW Advisory Panel, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the board of the New York Urban League. Chandler has previously served on the boards of the University of Exeter’s Center for Leadership Studies in the United Kingdom; the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC); Her Justice, an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of women who are victims of domestic violence; and the Senior Human Resources Forum of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, among others.

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Diane Lane Signs With WME

Diane Lane has signed with WME in all areas.
An Oscar nominee for Unfaithful and two-time Emmy nominee, Lane next appears in Season 6 of Netflix’s House of Cards and Amazon’s new Matthew Weiner series The Romanoffs. She also co-stars with M…

Diane Lane has signed with WME in all areas. An Oscar nominee for Unfaithful and two-time Emmy nominee, Lane next appears in Season 6 of Netflix’s House of Cards and Amazon’s new Matthew Weiner series The Romanoffs. She also co-stars with Matthew McCaughaghy and Anne Hathaway in writer-director Steven Knight’s Serenity, which hits theaters January 25. Her list of credits ranges from the recent films Tully, Justice League and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice to Under the…

Endeavor Considers Withdrawing From Saudi Arabia Deal

Endeavor Content is considering withdrawing from a $400 million Saudi investment in the company, following the disappearance — and suspected murder — of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The holding company that includes one of the world&#8…

Endeavor Content is considering withdrawing from a $400 million Saudi investment in the company, following the disappearance — and suspected murder — of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The holding company that includes one of the world’s pre-eminent talent agencies, William Morris Endeavor, has been working for more than a week to determine how it might sever ties with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, sources say. The sovereign-wealth fund acquired a less…

Endeavor to Exit $400 Million Saudi Arabia Investment Deal

WME parent company Endeavor is preparing to withdraw from its $400 million deal with the Saudi Arabian government.
An individual with knowledge of the situation said that the company is in the process of pulling out of its deal, though the logistics ha…

WME parent company Endeavor is preparing to withdraw from its $400 million deal with the Saudi Arabian government.

An individual with knowledge of the situation said that the company is in the process of pulling out of its deal, though the logistics have not been resolved.

Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel said on Monday that he was “personally really concerned” about the situation in Saudi Arabia in which dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi had gone missing on Oct. 2 after entering a Turkish embassy and is presumed dead.

Last week, a person with knowledge of the situation and Endeavor’s involvement, told TheWrap that the company was “assessing” its relation to the Saudi government.

Endeavor declined to comment.

Earlier this year, The Public Investment Fund — the kingdom’s major sovereign wealth vehicle — struck a deal with Endeavor to buy a stake of less than 10 percent in the talent and media company for at least $400 million.

Khashoggi ‘s disappearance has cast a shadow on the deal and could put the agency’s clients in an awkward position. WME boasts many of TV and print journalism’s highest-profile names, including Ronan Farrow, Soledad O’Brien and Lawrence O’Donnell.

Endeavor isn’t the only major industry player in business with the Saudis. AMC Theaters struck a lucrative deal to build the kingdom’s first-ever movie theater in April. The company has plans to open 40 more theaters in the kingdom within the next five years with the aim to reach 100 locations by 2030. WWE and Penske Media Corporation also have business with the Saudi government.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, has been a prominent Saudi journalist and has been a critic of the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Since his disappearance top Turkish security officials have determined that he was assassinated on orders from the highest levels of the royal court. The Saudi government maintains that he left the consulate soon after he arrived and is not in their custody.

News of his disappearance and possible murder prompted a growing number of media companies and executives to drop out of the the Future Investment Initiative, which will be held Oct. 23-25 in Riyadh. That includes Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, New York Times columnist and CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin, The Economist editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes, and LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong. Similarly, The New York Times announced it would no longer be a media partner of the event.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

Itay Hod contributed to this report.

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Endeavor Exploring Withdrawal From $400 Million Saudi Deal

Endeavor is exploring the possibility of backing out of its $400 million deal with the Saudi Public Investment Fund, Variety has confirmed. The move comes in response to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident columnist who was last seen ente…

Endeavor is exploring the possibility of backing out of its $400 million deal with the Saudi Public Investment Fund, Variety has confirmed. The move comes in response to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident columnist who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Turkish officials have reported that Khashoggi […]

Ari Emanuel on Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi: ‘I Personally Am Really Concerned’

Ari Emanuel gave his first comments on the disappearance of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Monday, saying that Endeavor is “monitoring” the situation and that he is “really concerned” about the news that has American compani…

Ari Emanuel gave his first comments on the disappearance of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Monday, saying that Endeavor is “monitoring” the situation and that he is “really concerned” about the news that has American companies reconsidering their partnerships with Saudi Arabia.

“I personally am really concerned about it,” said Emanuel at the MIPCOM entertainment conference in Cannes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re monitoring the situation and that’s legally all I can say right now. It’s very, very concerning, really concerning. It’s upsetting.”

Earlier this year, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Hollywood and the Saudi government pledged to invest $400 million in Endeavor as part of the country’s attempts to modernize its economy and move away from oil. Bin Salman’s courting of Hollywood also saw him visit major studio heads like Disney CEO Bob Iger, as well as end the country’s 35-year ban on movie theaters as AMC opened its first cineplex there this past spring.

But the country’s dealmaking has been thrown into question following news that Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist who has criticized bin Salman’s government for human rights and press freedom violations, went missing earlier this month after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish intelligence organizations suspect that he was murdered in the consulate with bin Salman’s approval.

Since the news broke, Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have called for the U.S. to end its arms deals with Saudi Arabia if the Turkish reports are proven to be true, while the Trump administration has continued to support bin Salman and has sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with him.

Meanwhile, in the business world, several major U.S. businesses have pulled out of the Saudis’ Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference, which is set to take place in Riyadh on Oct. 23. Viacom CEO Bob Bakish and STX Entertainment CEO Robert Simonds announced this past week that they would not attend, joining executives from Uber, Ford Motor Company, and JP Morgan Chase, among others.

Multiple U.S. media partners have pulled out of the FII, including The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, CNBC, and CNN. Only Fox Business and Arabic news organization Al Arabiya remain as partners.

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WME To Represent Me+You Productions As ‘Sick Of It’ Producer Eyes U.S. Scripted Push

An Idiot Abroad and Sick of It producer Me+You Productions is to make an aggressive push into the U.S. after striking an exclusive representation deal with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME).
Under the two-year deal, WME will represent Me+You’…

An Idiot Abroad and Sick of It producer Me+You Productions is to make an aggressive push into the U.S. after striking an exclusive representation deal with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME). Under the two-year deal, WME will represent Me+You's drama and comedy properties in North America. The British company, which was established by Richard Yee and Krishnendu Majumdar, was previously represented by CAA in the U.S., but largely for its non-scripted…

Rob Beckham, One of Country Music’s Top Agents, Exits as WME Nashville Co-Head

One of the top agents in country music, Rob Beckham, is out as co-head of the WME Nashville office, Variety has confirmed. No official announcements have been made, and sources confirming the split gave no reason for the exit. Beckham’s past or c…

One of the top agents in country music, Rob Beckham, is out as co-head of the WME Nashville office, Variety has confirmed. No official announcements have been made, and sources confirming the split gave no reason for the exit. Beckham’s past or current clients have included Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Brett Eldredge, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, […]

Amy Schumer Signs With WME

Comedy star Amy Schumer has left United Talent Agency and signed with WME for representation in all areas. Schumer defects UTA’s stacked comedy department with her sister and collaborator Kim Caramele and writer-producer Kevin Kane. Both have app…

Comedy star Amy Schumer has left United Talent Agency and signed with WME for representation in all areas. Schumer defects UTA’s stacked comedy department with her sister and collaborator Kim Caramele and writer-producer Kevin Kane. Both have appeared on Schumer’s Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer.” The actress has consolidated her business under Mike Berkowitz, […]

Amy Schumer Moves Over To WME

Amy Schumer has signed with WME to be represented in all areas. The news comes after she moved with her former touring agent Mike Berkowitz from APA to WME in December. Now she is fully at WME, joined by two close collaborators: sister and writing part…

Amy Schumer has signed with WME to be represented in all areas. The news comes after she moved with her former touring agent Mike Berkowitz from APA to WME in December. Now she is fully at WME, joined by two close collaborators: sister and writing partner Kim Caramele and actor-writer-producer Kevin Kane. She had been at UTA, and continues to be repped by attorney Isaac Dunham. At WME, she will be repped by a team led by agency partner Sharon Jackson. In the works for…