Talent Agents

Actors For Lunch

Tim Curtis: Partner & Agent at WME



Tim Curtis works at one of the biggest and oldest talent agencies in the world: William Morris Endeavor. As a partner and agent for celebrity endorsements and voiceovers, he represents some of today’s biggest stars including Dwayne Johnson, Christian Bale, Alison Brie, Ellie Kemper, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Steve Carell, Allison Janney, Mandy Moore, Tina Fey, Halle Berry. The list goes on and on. And while many would assume an industry player of his caliber would be oozing of that Ari Gold infamous Hollywood persona, Tim is anything but. In the last few years of our friendship, I’ve almost had to force any sort of business talk or fun details about his 75-100 set visits per year out of him (a true rarity in our obsessive industry). Instead, he talks about the 10 Broadway shows he just saw on one of his frequent week-long trips to New York. Or, all about the times he fully produced a mini 2-day Amazing Race competition for a group of his friends complete with cameramen recording the entire experience and perfectly branded clues. He also throws one of the best Oscar-watching parties in town—a 20+ year tradition that I’m determined to finally place Top 10 in next year. So although Tim’s accomplishments of being a top Hollywood agent are obvious, he caries a silent wisdom that speaks for itself. I’ll continue trying to squeeze more industry knowledge out of him, but for now, enjoy our lunchtime conversation from the beautiful insides of Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills.

Laura Thede- Actors For Lunch

Laura Thede: Theatrical Talent Agent

Working with casting directors, why actors get dropped and how pilot season is different

I’ve been working with talent agent Laura Thede of DDO Artists Agency for several years now. As head of the DDO Kids division, Laura has worked undeniably hard at growing her department and cementing a strong reputation for the ever-expanding DDO name. She clearly loves her job and the enthusiasm is contagious. Actors signed to Laura get the love and attention that is rare in this industry, and although I work with many talent agents, the email chains involving DDO Kids may or may not be my favorite. Finally, amongst pilot season craziness, Laura and I found the time to grab some Sunday brunch to catch up on everything Hollywood. The conversation went a little something like this…