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NBC Exec Joins Talent Agency CAA

caa.png NBC executive Olivia Metzger will be joining Creative Artists Agency in its television department this summer, the talent agency announced yesterday.

Metzger started her career at NBC as talent coordinator in the news division, moving up to manager of talent and recruitment for CNBC. She was appointed director of talent recruitment for CNBC in 2000 and two years later she was named director of talent recruitment and development for the NBC Television Stations division.

In 2005, Metzger was promoted to the position of vice president of talent recruitment and development for NBC Universal, where she also managed contract negotiations, strategy and on-air talent retention.

At CAA, Metzger will be working on the other side of the table, representing news talent, hosts and on-air personalities out of the agency’s New York office.

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Nicita Out At CAA for Morgan Creek…Go figure!

RickNicita.jpgCreative Artists Agency top-rung earner Rick Nicita seems to be waving bye-bye to the agency to take a job as Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Morgan Creek Pictures, according to a company release.

While that may well be possible, it’s an awkward fit at best. Nicita has been a top agent at CAA for years with clients like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. He’s also married to Cruise’s partner at United Artists, Paula Wagner.

While the Morgan Creek position is in fact a job, it seems a bit unlikely because Morgan Creek is by no means a major production entity and Nicita is very much a top agent. The company has had a deal with Universal since 2004, but the best money-makers of their movies were with Warner Bros., with “Robin
Hood: Prince of Thieves
,” “Major League” and “Major League 2.”

As well, the company has long been run by Jim Robinson, who doesn’t play well with others. When former Hollywood Reporter Editor Alex Ben Block left the Reporter to become head of marketing for Morgan Creek and Robinson, it ended quickly because Robinson demanded that Block be in by 9 a.m.

Who knows whether Nicita’s schedule will be all that amenable to Robiinson and Morgan Creek. For L.A. Times story read on…

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