Toth exits CAA for Quibi; Crackle sold by Sony; Entertainment Partners sold to TPG Capital.

Toth Takes Quibi Executive Role

A former Creative Artists Agency agent was tapped to join Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short-form streaming venture Quibi. Jim Toth was at CAA for nearly two decades and will lead Quibi’s content acquisition and talent development, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Quibi’s mobile app will launch in spring 2020. The company has raised $1 billion in venture funding.

Sony Sells Crackle Stake

Culver City-based movie streaming firm Crackle Inc. is no longer owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Variety reports Crackle was sold to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSS Entertainment) for an undisclosed sum. CSS Entertainment will rebrand Crackle as Crackle Plus, a catch-all name for a streaming service that encompass streaming channel Popcornflix and other online video business. Former head of Crackle and Sony’s Chief Digital Officer Eric Berger is expected to leave the company after the deal is finalized.

TPG Capital Acquires Entertainment Partners

Private investment firm TPG Capital, which holds a majority stake in Creative Artists Agency, acquired Burbank-based payroll management firm Entertainment Partners on March 26 – just as the CAA and Writers Guild of America ramp up debates over packaging deals and contracts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Wrap reports the acquisition will close in second quarter 2019.

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