Literary agent Trevor Astbury has left Paradigm and is expected to join CAA, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap.
Representatives for CAA and Paradigm did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s late-night requests for comment.
It remains unclear which clients would follow Astbury to his next agency. At Paradigm, the well-respected dealmaker represented screenwriters Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus”), Bill Dubuque (“The Judge”), Ernie Cline (“Ready Player One”), Bert Royal (“Easy A”), Jamie Linden (“Dear John”), Patrick Lussier (“Terminator: Genesis”) and David McKenna (“American History X”) as well as “Hitman” director Xavier Gens and “The Simpsons” icon Sam Simon. He also repped Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody on the lit side.
Paradigm and CAA have swapped several agents of late, including Ida Ziniti, who remains under contract at Paradigm until June. Along with lead agent Ryan Bartlett and Principato-Young manager Nils Larsen, she co-represented Shailene Woodley, the star of projected box office behemoth “Divergent.”
In addition to former CAA agents Ken Stovitz, Bob Bookman, Manny Nunez and Rand Holston Paradigm recently hired Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer, two ex-CAA dealmakers who most recently worked at Resolution.
While some industry observers have been alarmed by the sudden burst of activity amongst agencies, they note that movement is ultimately healthy for the business.