THE curse of Dave Wirtschafter continues at the William Morris Agency, even if the latest departure from the talent shop had nothing to do with the overly candid remarks the WMA president gave to The New Yorker. Chairman Jim Wiatt’s protege, Todd Feldman, bolted Sunday night for rival CAA, and other agents are in talks to follow their clients out the door. In Feldman’s case, it’s no big loss. A month ago, we called Feldman to check out rumors he was leaving WMA. Feldman begged us not to print his name, promising us he would let us know if and when he was leaving the agency and vowing we wouldn’t read it anywhere else. We kept our bargain and didn’t print his name. Feldman lied, however, and gave the story to Variety, instead.
Or, uh, maybe Variety, a professional news-gathering organization, found out about this story from one of hundreds of other possible sources and called Feldman for comment? Not all publications operate with the same mutual-back-scratching M.O. as Page Six.