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  • LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

    All these companies are lit agencies based in Los Angeles.

    Approximately ranked according to the size of their lit departments, largest first.

    More meaningful (especially for medium and smaller sized agencies) would be to identify which agencies are regularly spotted with material on prodco/studio tracking boards, and how popular their clients are on approved-writer lists.

    If anyone has this info please post below.

    Ditto if I have missed an agency, or misclassified one.

    By popular demand:

    CAA
    WMA
    ICM

    Power-boutiques:

    UTA
    Endeavor

    Broder Webb Chervi Silbermann
    Paradigm
    Gersh


    Boutiques (to be revised):

    Metropolitan Talent Agency
    Agency For The Performing Arts
    Lynn Pleshette Literary Agency
    Original Artists
    Innovative Artists
    Sarnoff Co.
    Hohman/Maybank/Lieb
    Preferred Artisis
    Rabineau Wachter And Sanford Literary Agency
    Bohrman Agency
    Kohner Agency
    Shapiro-Lichtman
    Maggie Roiphe Agency


    Medium-sized lit agencies:

    Dytman & Associates
    Kaplan-Stahler-Gumer-Braun Agency
    Don Buchwald
    Rothman Brecher Agency
    Summit Talent & Literary Agency
    Brant Rose Agency
    Monteiro/Rose/Dravis Agency
    Alpern Group
    Read (Melissa Read)
    Warden/White & Associates
    Candace Lake Agency
    Above The Line Agency
    Acme Talent & Literary Agency
    Working Artists Agency
    Artists Agency
    Callamaro Literary Agency
    Jim Preminger Agency

    Small lit agencies:

    Abrams Artists
    Callamaro Literary Agency
    Irene Webb Literary
    The Kim Agency
    Peter Turner Agency
    Field-Cech Agency
    Larry Grossman & Associates
    Mechanic Company
    Michael Lewis & Associates
    Stein Agency
    Gage Group
    Larchmont Literary Agency


    Guild-signatory agencies with a lit department but no writers identified on their client list:

    Geddes Agency
    Chasin Agency
    Laya Gelff Agency
    Media Artists Group Literary
    Stone Manners Talent & Literary
    Last edited by BROUGHCUT; 01-08-2006, 10:50 AM.
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    Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

    Awesome, thanks.

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      Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

      Where's UTA?
      my webpage
      my blog

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        Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

        CAA
        William Morris
        ICM
        http://www.pjmcilvaine.com/

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          Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

          Thanks, Brough.
          "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
          -Maya Angelou

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            Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

            Originally posted by LIMAMA
            CAA
            William Morris
            ICM
            ….are the biggest packaging agencies in the world.
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              Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

              Originally posted by pooks
              Where's UTA?
              I had doubts about adding Endeavor, are they really still a "boutique". UTA has out-grown that label, I think.

              That said, UTA is only a handful of agents and a few hundred clients larger than Endeavor. CAA, ICM and WMA have closer to a thousand more clients and nearly twice as many agents each than UTA. So, if Endeavor's on the list, UTA should be there...

              Do you agree that for writers, Endeavor and UTA are at least the equal of CAA and ICM? They are not really boutiques. Then again, is BWCS? It is only small relative to the other big-guns because it is uniquely dedicated to TV and motion picture lit.
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                I honestly don't know. I've heard often that the Big 3 are now they Big 5, and that's CAA, WM, ICM, UTA and Endeavor. But I really don't "know" anything.
                my webpage
                my blog

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                • #9
                  Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

                  More meaningful (especially for medium and smaller sized agencies) would be to identify which agencies are regularly spotted with material on prodco/studio tracking boards, and how popular their clients are on approved-writer lists.

                  I use donedealpro for the first half of that search.
                  "I ask every producer I meet if they need TV specs they say yeah. They all want a 40 inch display that's 1080p and 120Hz. So, I quit my job at the West Hollywood Best Buy."
                  - Screenwriting Friend

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                    Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

                    Originally posted by roscoegino
                    I use donedealpro for the first half of that search.
                    Past sales are certainly useful, but dominated by the CAAs and WMAs and present an uneven picture. What about the agencies that are "odds-on" for a spec sale but not selling; consistently hitting the spot solid material and getting their clients assignment work… To get a feel for this you really need to be a reader or have access to tracking lists.
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                      Agreed. The business isn't really about specs. Sales research won't uncover agencies that can set up assignments and work-for-hire. And every agency will have better and worse agents for new writers. We have names, but the crap shoot continues.

                      kullervo

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                        Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

                        Originally posted by pooks
                        I honestly don't know. I've heard often that the Big 3 are now they Big 5, and that's CAA, WM, ICM, UTA and Endeavor. But I really don't "know" anything.
                        Pooks, you are too modest. Besides, I was just wondering "where's UTA?" along with you.
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                          Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

                          There's Paradigm. Are they still around...?

                          As for Jim Preminger...if that's a big boutique, God help us all. They're located above a Super Cuts (or something) and have sporadic front desk service. (They're not exactly awash in business.) One of their agents hip pocketed a script of mine, then called me within a day or two to say Granada America had agreed to fund it. A week after that, I signed onto a different project, and when I didn't give the agency a cut (they were only repping me on a "per project" basis, after all), I couldn't get my phone calls returned. (Easy to do when the other end has no receptionist and all you can do is yell at an answering machine.)

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                            Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques


                            Feedback

                            Paradigm are already up there.

                            The list is at crossed purposes. Started off as boutiques, then became a list of all lit agencies and those with large client lists like Preminger (who've got 50 odd writers on their roster) got put towards the top. Preminger doesn't seem to have many working writers though, as you say. I will tweak it later: (bonafide) Boutiques - Medium sized - Small agencies.

                            views on who else should be left in/out of a tighter boutiques category welcome, as always.


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                              Re: LA Agents: The Bumper list of Boutiques

                              I apparently didn't get the memo that the Big 5 is now the Big 3. In all my years in this business it's always been considered the Big 5.

                              When did UTA and Endeavor get demoted? And what did they do to deserve that demotion?
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