To the rest of the world, the stars of Hollywood are the actors who appear in films and TV. But people in Los Angeles know that there are other stars of Hollywood, too: the deal makers – the people who find common ground between egos and sooth the ruffled feathers so that the show will go on.
In this category, few deserve Hollywood’s Nobel Peace Prize more than James Wiatt, former president and co-chief executive of the William Morris Agency, and former co-chief exec of International Creative Management, who has listed his Pacific Palisades home at $19.5 million while he shops for another home in Los Angeles.
Wiatt was the force behind merging William Morris with the Endeavor Agency – a deal that led to his own stepping aside in 2009. But the reality is that it’s not easy to stick around this town for as long as Wiatt has. While his reputation isn’t that of big talent schmoozer, he is frequently credited for keeping peace during the clashes and ego flare-ups that are legendary in Hollywood. William Morris and ICM are the powerbrokers, and Wiatt was at the helm of both. Need we say more?
Wiatt, now a consultant, is on the board of directors for AOL. He is also a member of the board of the USC School of Cinema-Television, the Music Center of Los Angeles and the UCLA Executive Board for the Medical Sciences.
The five-bedroom, 12-bathroom Georgian-style mansion he is selling has almost 12,000 square feet and was built in 2007. The home is approached from a gated, graveled driveway lined in cobblestones. It has a semicircular staircase off the formal entryway and the floors are parquet hardwoods. There are formal living and dining rooms, plus a wood-paneled library-bar. All of the public main rooms have French doors leading to the landscaped grounds. The home has marble fireplaces, Viking appliances and solid mahogany doors. The swimming pool is radiant heated and the playroom area is made from sustainable bamboo.
Leslie Kavanaugh of Sotheby’s International Realty in Beverly Hills has the listing.
Bel Air Listing
German entrepreneur and venture capitalist Daniel Giersch, the soon-to-be-if-not-already-ex-husband of actress Kelly Rutherford (star of “Gossip Girl”) has listed for sale his Bel Air home at $4.85 million.
Giersch is the founder and managing director of Giersch Ventures. He founded a postal delivery service company, KDI, in Germany – which was expanded into Monaco and the United States via franchises. And he took on Google and won: Google is not permitted to use the “gmail” name in Germany because, thus far, Giersch has prevailed in an infringement suit.
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