What happened between major talent agencies CAA and UTA?


What happened between major talent agencies CAA and UTA?

Some of Hollywood’s notorious talent agents including Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Gregory McKnight, Greg Cavic Nuciforo dropped big news yesterday. The agents have decided to just up and leave CAA to join its rival agency UTA. Client loyalty is expected; Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, and Kayne West have already followed their agents and made the move to UTA. But what were their reasons for leaving? Some claim the agents were unhappy with salaries, while others claim they wanted bigger titles. How can these agents just get up and leave thinking there would not repercussions?  Based on CAA’s reaction, it appears that these agents may have jumped the gun before their contracts were officially up.

CAA will be filing suit against its former colleagues for breach of contract and UTA for alleged ‘poaching’ practices. Did the agents illegally breach their contracts? What role did UTA play in this? Was it premeditated? CAA will likely present the following arguments: (1) agents breach of contract, (2) UTA’s interference with contracts constitute unfair competition, which will hold UTA liable, and (3) Possible claim for civil conspiracy if UTA conspired with the agents. The workplace culture at CAA has clearly been disrupted by the events and it’s almost certainly the case that CAA is already working on strategies to legally ‘steal’ top agents and talent in retaliation. Stay tuned for updates on the CAA vs. UTA rivalry…

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