Kanye West Drops Longtime CAA Agent Cara Lewis for UTA (Exclusive)

United Talent Agency will now represent the Grammy-winning artist and fashion designer in all areas

[Update 3/26, 11 a.m. PDT: A representative for Kanye West has provided TheWrap with an official statement: “Kanye West has the utmost respect for Cara Lewis, and has had a close working relationship with her for many years. The decision to change agencies is based on Kanye’s continuing desire to diversify and search for new opportunities.”]

Kanye West has left CAA and his longtime agent Cara Lewis for UTA, which will represent the Grammy-winning artist in all areas, TheWrap has learned.

An individual with knowledge of West’s agency move told TheWrap that West felt CAA wasn’t delivering for him in areas outside of touring, which represented the agency’s best chance to generate income for the outspoken musician. CAA didn’t commission the majority of West’s touring because of his deal with Live Nation.

A representative for CAA declined to comment.

The “Yeezus” singer and fashion designer followed Lewis to CAA in January 2012 when she jumped ship from WME, where her clients included Eminem, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Common and the Roots.

Lewis had been a top agent at WME for 23 years before she left for CAA, which at the time, prompted West to tweet: “William Morris was fired after Cara Lewis quit. I love Cara Lewis :)”

West is more visible than ever thanks to his recent marriage to reality star Kim Kardashian. In the spring, West will release his seventh studio album, “So Help Me God,” through his label GOOD Music. He’ll also embark on a joint summer tour with singer Rihanna, according to media reports.

West is a powerful figure in the music industry and his brand represents a significant piece of business for UTA, which recently launched UTA Fine Arts, a division dedicated to managing the careers of contemporary visual artists. West has a keen interest in that medium and often works with visual artists on his albums, videos and tours.

West also has aspirations in the feature world, as he was once in line to serve as a creative consultant on a “Jetsons” movie at Warner Bros. He recently appeared in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” and is rumored to possibly cameo in Ben Stiller‘s upcoming “Zoolander” sequel. Insiders expect West to continue making a push into filmed entertainment, though he remains focused on his music career and fashion line.

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