William Morris Endeavor

William Morris Agency is the name of an American artist agency, artists from all parts of the entertainment industry (among film, television, music, literature, theater ) represents. The company considers itself to information the largest and most diversified its kind in the world.


The company's origins go back to an office that the young, who had immigrated from Germany Vaudeville Agent William Morris opened in 1898 in New York City. Officially, the William Morris Agency was only established on 31 January 1918. Morris led the agency now together with his son, William jun., And a partner, Abe Fogel load. The office represented not only vaudeville, but to an increasing extent, film artists. When the American film industry in 1920 moved from New York to Hollywood, opened Morris and his partner there in 1922 another office. Stars such as Al Jolson, the Marx Brothers, Mae West and Charlie Chaplin were represented by Morris and made sure that the company flourished.

1930th William Morris sen. back and left the management alone William Morris jun. ( Hollywood) and Abe load Fogel (New York). The agency now represented an impressive number of prominent stars, including James Cagney, Louis Armstrong and Will Rogers; later, Sammy Davis Jr., Milton Berle and Rita Hayworth were added. Also German emigrants as Erwin Piscator could be represented by the agency. After the company's Mountain Allenberg Agency bought out in December 1949, it also represented Frank Capra, Clark Gable and Judy Garland.

When television became widespread in the 1940s, the William Morris Agency was one of the first agencies in large numbers mediated artists in this medium. In the film industry, the agency but remained successful. In the following years she represented including Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, Andy Griffith, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Kim Novak, Dick Van Dyke and Bill Cosby.

In the 1960s, the music department became the most profitable sector of the William Morris Agency. Among the clients they represented, included such as The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Beach Boys and Sonny & Cher.

In 1989 the company the Jim Halsey Company purchased on that represented inter alia, the Oak Ridge Boys, Waylon Jennings and Tammy Wynette. In 1992, the major Triad Artists of the William Morris Agency. In 1993, the Agency is a Corporate Advisory / New Media Department ( " William Morris Consulting" ) and has since worked in industry consultation. In the early 1990s, a literature department came about.

Other branches of the William Morris Consulting exist today in London (since 1965), Nashville (1973 ), Miami Beach ( 2003) and Shanghai ( 2004).