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Mr. Nick Stevens

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Ben Stiller's representative, Nick ...
hollywoodentertainmentguide.net, 1 Nov 2010 [cached]
Ben Stiller's representative, Nick Stevens, will be moving from United Talent Agency to its rival Endeavour.
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Stevens has headed the talent department at UTA since 1995.
I'm told these are the clients ...
dhd.houstonpress.com, 8 May 2008 [cached]
I'm told these are the clients who immediately followed those three UTA talent agents -- UTA co-owner Nick Stevens and his partners Sharon Sheinwold and Lisa Hallerman who together left a week ago -- to Endeavor.
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But Apatow's manager and producer Jimmy Miller has systematically put many of his UTA clients with CAA in recent years because of friction with Stevens who has repped Apatow for seemingly forever.
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Ben Stiller On Nick Stevens ...
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Shocker! UTA's Nick Stevens To Endeavor; His Two Talent Dept Partners Follow ...
I'm told these are the clients ...
dhd.clevescene.com, 8 May 2008 [cached]
I'm told these are the clients who immediately followed those three UTA talent agents -- UTA co-owner Nick Stevens and his partners Sharon Sheinwold and Lisa Hallerman who together left a week ago -- to Endeavor.
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But Apatow's manager and producer Jimmy Miller has systematically put many of his UTA clients with CAA in recent years because of friction with Stevens who has repped Apatow for seemingly forever.
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UTA's Nick Stevens To Endeavor; His Two Talent Dept Partners Follow...
Shocker! UTA's Nick ...
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Shocker! UTA's Nick Stevens To Endeavor; His Two Talent Dept Partners Follow...
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Shocker! UTA's Nick Stevens To Endeavor; His Two Talent Dept Partners Follow ...
2ND UPDATE: United Talent has been holding urgent strategy meetings all day.
UPDATE: Ben Stiller will be following Nick Stevens to Endeavor, according to his publicist.
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EXCLUSIVE: I'm told that, at 10 pm last night, United Talent Agency was formally notified by an attorney for longtime Talent Department managing director and agency co-owner Nick Stevens that he's jumping to rival Endeavor.
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That's where certain partners took advantage of Nick Stevens' being out of town on a family vacation to take aim at the two women. This happened on the heels of UTA moving to unseat Stevens as a board member.
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Stevens' move with his two colleagues immediately strengthens Endeavor's status as the No. 2 motion picture agency with a lot of really strong agents and hot clients.
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Needless to say, no one's talking. (Stevens himself is notoriously press-shy. There's not even a photo of him anywhere online.) But by all accounts, this was not an easy decision for Nick: he's leaving the agency he co-owns with Jim Berkus (photo below left), Peter Benedek, Jeremy Zimmer, and Jay Sures; where he'd topped the Talent Department since 1995 as a 30-year-old wunderkind; and where he'd spent 16 years of his career after coming to UTA from the old Harris & Goldberg. But Stevens and UTA's other directors had not been seeing eye-to-eye for some time over management issues. It was, simply put, a clash of work ethics and corporate cultures: impeccable suits vs Stevens' T-shirts and jeans and sneakers, the 24/7 office workdays vs Stevens on his cellphone from wherever he damn pleased.
So UTA's directors had already started talking to Nick about removing him from the board while at the same time making the case to him for staying at the agency. But Stevens had long professed his unhappiness with the direction that the board had taken the agency, including landmines of lawsuits and arbitrations and settlements which cost UTA millions of dollars over the years. Nick demonstrated that he didn't want to help run the tenpercentery any longer by retreating from the day-to-day business of the agency and not going to what he openly scorned as dumb meetings where office moves and overhead were discussed constantly.
berkus1.JPG Instead, Stevens simply wanted to service his clients and the agency's clients, as well as search for and nurture new talent, and then help put them all into projects in a collaborative and creative way. He didn't do visits to sets, or lunches at The Grill, or any of the usual Industry gladhanding. Instead, under his guidance, UTA became infamous (and immortalized by The New York Times) for creating a so-called "wheel-of-comedy" whereby a raft of successful smart-dumb funny movies were and still are being written by the agency's clients, produced by the agency's clients, directed by the agency's clients and starred in by the agency's clients, many of whom also share the same managers.
The funnymen appear in one another's movies, from Dodgeball to Anchorman to Elf to Zoolander to Talledega Nights to the upcoming Tropic Of Thunder, and even unknowns become stars just by being in an Apatow-bannered pic. It's all about "creating a wheel-of-comedy effect that can leave viewers wondering just whose movie they're watching. What's more, the stars and their representatives live, work and play in a continuum that has virtually shut the studios out of the development process. By coming up with their own concepts, finding screenwriters and then offering the whole package for production -- script, director and cast, take it or leave it -- this group is reshaping screen humor to their liking," the NY Times gushed.
From what I've gleaned, I honestly don't think either UTA expected Stevens to leave, or Stevens expected to leave UTA. But the tenpercentery had prepared for that outcome. Then again, shit like this happens in Hollywood when people who've worked together for years suddenly come to that point where they can't get along anymore. Hell, it's hardly a secret that Stevens and Jeremy Zimmer, UTA's longtime Literary managing director, fought frequently.
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Best of all, Nick didn't want to compete with Ari (who plays golf with Nick at the Riviera) or Patrick Whitesell (who worked with Nick in UTA's talent department) to control the tenpercentery.
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Best of all, Nick didn't want to compete with Ari (who plays golf with Nick at the Riviera) or Patrick Whitesell (who worked with Nick in UTA's talent department) to control the tenpercentery.
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Best of all, Nick didn't want to compete with Ari (who plays golf with Nick at the Riviera) or Patrick Whitesell (who worked with Nick in UTA's talent department) to control the tenpercentery.
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In fact, I understand that Stevens' deal completely frees him from all management responsibilities so he can concentrate on connecting dots between Endeavor clients and projects.
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Unless Nick was wearing a filthy, tattered shirt with the slogan "Who Farted", leather chaps (with nothing underneath), and a cap with huge foam breasts resting on the bill and the quip "Chest Inspector" written on it, then the board should just let Nick be Nick.
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It is my understanding that UTA asked Nick Stevens to step down NOT because they wanted him to change his wardrobe, but because they wanted him to actually show up at work and run the department.
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How was Nick Stevens at UTA anything other than a "comedy boutique" within UTA? What "united" "team" undermines one of its best earners while he's on vacation?
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Now that Nick Stevens is gone from UTA to Endeavor, both need help. Nick being the new kid on the block, and UTA Minus the point guard man.
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Nick Stevens was their rock.
Ben Stiller On Nick Stevens ... ...
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Ben Stiller On Nick Stevens ...
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As I reported yesterday, Ben Stiller is following his agent Nick Stevens from United Talent Agency to Endeavor.
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Today, the actor/writer/director/producer issued this statement through his publicist: "I think Nick Stevens is a unique entity in this business: an agent with integrity, a point of view, and most of all, humanity.
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Shocker! UTA's Nick Stevens To Endeavor; His Two Talent Dept Partners Follow ...
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Ironically, we actually made a play for Nick Stevens but he passed in favor of Endeavor. Our unprecedented offer of store manager plus lifetime supply of free sunglasses for him and his clients apparently wasn't enough to sway him. Do not believe Ben's statement, he was the other factor in Nick's declining our offer.
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We wish Nick and Ben the best of luck in their future "endeavors".
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One day three weeks ago Mr. Stiller (through his represenative Mr. Nick Stevens) offered to wear a t-shirt advertising our store in return for first dollar gross of all store revenue and 68% off of all accessories.
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Mr, Stiller (through his represenative Mr. Nick Stevens) threatened to "close us down for business."
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I'm Jerry Maguire at the end of the movie, and I would like to set the record straight regarding your comparing me to Nick Stevens.
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By the way, if you ever decide to leave Nick, please look me up, I live under the 101 freeway, cross street is Normandie. Thanks for listening,
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We recognize that the recent defection of UTA's Nick Stevens and his client, Ben Stiller, to the Sunglass Hut will have reverberations throughout the agency business here at the Beverly Center but we seek to assure the industry that we remain a vital and emerging agency on the minimum wage, retail landscape.
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