Richard Abate's New Gotham Gig

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Former Endeavor publishing head Richard Abate has signed with management firm 3 Arts Entertainment to helm the company's new book division and reopen their New York City offices. CreativeWorks, the company Abate launched after his exit from William Morris Entertainment earlier this year, will be absorbed into 3 Arts.

According to Variety, the deal will see Abate bring a number of his clients with him, including Tim Kring, creator of the hit television franchise "Heroes" along with Tracy Morgan, Artie Lange, Lisi Harrison and Melissa De La Cruz.

Abate joined Endeavor in 2007 to kickstart their new book division after a litigious departure from ICM. After Endeavor merged with William Morris earlier this year, reports had Abate clashing with WME publishing heads Jennifer Walsh and Suzanne Gluck, but Abate has downplayed these claims.

Variety also reports that Abate will serve as the New York liaison for 3 Arts's roster and will give the company's clients better access to publishing deals.

"We already have great histories of working with Richard and having New York offices, so to rehang our shingle there with him is a natural fit," 3 Arts partner David Miner told Variety. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers