LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — More WMA veterans are leaving the firm in the post-merger shakeup. Among the latest casualties were Senior Vice President and the head of the corporate marketing and consulting division Paul Bricault and longtime New York agent Jim Griffin.
According to Variety, WME's consulting shop will be run by Mark Dowley, who oversaw Endeavor's marketing unit which was an external operation from the agency.
In addition to his tenure at WMA, Bricault has also served as an ongoing adjunct professor at the graduate school of Cinema Television of USC since 1994. Bricault graduated with an M.A from berg School of Communications in 1989.
30-year-vet New York agent Jim Griffin, a former WMA board member who repped clients such as Regis Philbin is also on the way out although his contract isn't up until the end of the year. Griffin, one of WMA's top-grossing agents, is reportedly evaluating his options and there is some talk about offering him a new contract.
Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke has also reported that as many as 18 additional agents at WME may be released in the coming weeks and that WME's offices in China will be shuttered. The company's Miami office will continue to operate, but at reduced staffing levels while the China office will be closed. Additionally, the sports division is expected to operate at significantly reduced staffing levels if it is not closed outright. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers