Deborah McIntosh and Alex Walton will lead WME Independent, a new division of WME that will handle domestic and international film sales and film financing consulting services. Both were recently in Endeavor Content, with WME’s parent company Endeavor Holdings selling most of the shares as part of a settlement agreement with the Writers Guild of America that limits the major agencies’ ability to package material.
The new group will bring film sales and film financing consulting services back into the agency and provide domestic and international film sales services.
“WME Independent will serve as an important vehicle for fueling our clients’ projects, while providing the global perspective needed to navigate today’s content markets,” WME Chief Operating Officer Dan Limerick said in a statement. “Dev, Alex and their team have an undeniable track record of accomplishing many successful artist-driven projects and we look forward to bringing their skills and expertise to their clients.”
The division will also have agents Will Maxfield, Jerin Crochet, Jack Gluck, Katie Irwin, Nelson Mock, Abraham Bengio and Laurel Charnetsky.
Macintosh was SVP, the film advisory for Endeavor Content. Walton and Macintosh together funded many films, including Endeavor Content, The Russo Brothers’ “Cherry”, Tom Holland starring, “Pig”, Nicholas Cage starring, Dev Patel’s debut “Monkey Man” and Ferdinando Sito Philomarinor. “Beckett” starring Washington, Ben Beatle’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and Anish Chaganti’s “Search”.
Walton was co-head of the film group at EVP, Film Advisory and Endeavor Content. Prior to that, Walton partnered with Ken Keo to create Bloom’s international sales organization in 201 sales. As its president, Walton oversees the sale, production, and distribution of “The Front Runner,” “Book Club,” “Bad Education,” and “Subbaricon.” “” The Nice Guys “and” Love Wedding Repeat. Prior to Bloom, he was president of international sales and distribution at Exclusive Media and managed the international sales division at Paramount Vantage.