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Via Variety comes this (subscription-only) news that agent Bart Walker has left ICM for CAA. Based in New York, Walker has for years at ICM repped high-profile independent auteurs like Jim Jarmusch, Julian Schnabel and John Turturro. In addition to negotiating director deals, he usually works actively to arrange financing for his clients’ pics by combining foreign distribution and presale monies with domestic partners. Recently, Walker worked to put together the financing for Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides in a manner that allowed the filmmaker to retain the film’s copyright.

Directors who will travel with Walker to CAA include all those listed above plus Tamara Jenkins, Mira Nair, Thomas Vinterberg and Steve Shainberg. Walker will stay in New York and his move to CAA reps a dedicated expansion of their New York office in the Flatiron Building.

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