Two leading Hollywood agents with top-ranked writer and director clients in movies and television joined the Endeavor talent agency on Wednesday, after many years at the rival International Creative Management, the New York Times reports.


The announcement ignited a Hollywood-style scramble over prestigious filmmakers and television producers, as each agency strove to claim , or retain , the agents' star clients. And it placed an obstacle in the path of ICM, which has been pursuing an expansion strategy, notably with its acquisition last year of the television agency Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann.


Robert Newman, the longtime film agent, and Matt Solo, who recently left his position as head of ICM's television literary department, both were made partners at Endeavor. They join 19 other partners, including Ariel Emanuel, Rick Rosen and Tom Strickler; those three left ICM 12 years ago to found Endeavor.

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