McGowan hit Twitter on Wednesday to reveal that she was recently dropped as a client by Innovative Artists. When TheWrap contacted the agency on Thursday morning, a receptionist said that “Sheila Wenzel no longer works here.”
Insiders tell TheWrap that Wenzel parted ways with Innovative Artists on June 22, two days before McGowan’s highly-publicized “firing.” With Wenzel gone, the agency did not wish to continue representing McGowan, who has publicly scolded Hollywood for its treatment of female filmmakers.
An insider told TheWrap that Wenzel wasn’t even notified that Innovative Artists planned to drop McGowan in the following days. Wenzel has not tweeted since the split, though she did retweet an inspiration quote about having “the courage to spread your wings and fly.” The following day she retweeted McGowan, which seemed to imply that there’s no bad blood between the duo.
Wenzel is known for working with top young female stars and her clients were among Innovative Artists’ top draws. It’s unclear what Wenzel’s next move will be or if she’ll be bringing any clients with her at her next destination, though she is rumored to be meeting with management companies and rival agencies.
Wenzel is a well-respected dealmaker who also worked with Katee Sackhoff, Aimee Teegarden, Annabeth Gish and Macaulay Culkin at Innovative Artists, which also saw Ryan Daly leave for Zero Gravity Management.