Four of ICM's mover-n'-shaker agents stealthily took off in '95 to form Endeavor. The ICM alums David Greenblatt, Tom Strickler, Rick Rosen and Ari Emanuel, the basis for Jeremy Piven's manic agent character Ari Gold on "Entourage," recruited several experienced partners to create the successful agency. Some of Endeavor's A-List clients included Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Keira Knightley and Tina Fey, among others. By 2008, Endeavor grew to become one of the largest talent agencies in the country, boasting nearly 5,000 employees and representing everyone from actors and writers, to directors and producers. On April 27, 2009 Endeavor announced its merger with the William Morris Agency, thus creating the largest talent agency in the world, now known as WME Entertainment. With offices in Beverly Hills, New York City, Nashville, London, and Miami, WME represents elite artists in the industries of film, television, music, theatre, and publishing. —Written by Margo Fortuny; Updated by James Famera


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