That was fast: Gruber rockets out of ICM in only 9 months

EXCLUSIVE: FishbowlLA has it for you first: International Creative Management talent agent Michael Gruber has left the agency after only nine months.

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Gruber, you might recall, worked at Creative Artists Agency for years as an agent to George Clooney, but left in 2002 (over an embarrassing “misunderstanding” stemming from a real estate finder’s fee he’d hoped to receive after helping broker the sale of a 25-room, $7 million Italian villa to Clooney. When Clooney found out about the finder’s fee, he hit the ceiling; Gruber hit the bricks.)

It’s not clear where Gruber’s headed next, though insiders say he announced his departure via agency-wide email today.

Why so short a stay? Insiders point out that some of Grubers clients stayed with ICM for an even briefer visit than his own: Actor client Mike Epps,for example, signed with Gruber and ICM in March, and was gone by June.

Could Gruber be producing films full-time again?

Stay tuned!

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