February 11, 2019 Variety.com
 

CAA and UTA Settle Lawsuit Over 2015 Agent Defections

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CAA and UTA Settle Lawsuit Over 2015 Agent Defections



By CYNTHIA LITTLETON
FEBRUARY 11, 2019 8:15PM PT



photo: UTA & CAA logos | (Credits: COURTESY OF UTA/CAA)



The case stirred up a flurry of discovery and depositions of top agency honchos including CAA’s Richard Lovett, Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane.

The industry was rocked on March 31, 2015, when word surfaced that five prominent CAA agents active in the comedy arena — Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Greg Mc­Knight, Greg Cavic and Nick Nuciforo — had decamped to UTA that morning (it was a homecoming for Heyman and Lesak who had left UTA to join CAA in 2005). A second wave of CAA reps followed them to UTA the next week.

CAA later called it a “midnight raid” in legal filings. The mass migration from CAA’s Century City high rise to UTA’s Beverly Hills Post Office compound was a blow to CAA’s image as the invincible powerhouse. It also demonstrated the pressures on agencies at a time of great upheaval for media and entertainment.

The issue of companies poaching talent has also reared up on the executive side thanks to Netflix’s high volume of recruiting during the past few years. 21st Century Fox filed suit against Netflix last year, accusing Netflix of interference by encouraging executives to break employment contracts. Viacom filed a similar case against the streaming giant last October.

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