Wme At 10: John Ferriter Recounts Behind-the-Scenes Drama At William Morris That Led To Endeavor Merger

  • Deadline
June 1, 2019 marks the official 10-year anniversary of the William Morris Agency-Endeavor merger. As part of Deadline’s coverage of the milestone, we reached out to John Ferriter, former Wma Evp/Worldwide Head of Non-Scripted TV, who was the only board member in either company who voted against the merger. He was let go from Wme, triggering a $25 million lawsuit against the agency, which was eventually settled. He now runs managing and production company The Alternative, which he launched in 2015.

Here is Ferriter’s first-person account in vivid detail — some of it never before revealed — of the events leading to and immediately following the merger, as well as his take on it 10 years later. He chronicles the internal discord at Wma and the maneuvering by the Endeavor leadership that allowed the storied, 111-year-old agency to be taken over by a scrappy and aggressive upstart. He also addresses his Wme ouster
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