You may’t tie these anchors down.
MSNBC’s Symone Sanders and CNN’s Kaitlan Collins have each moved to WME for illustration after beforehand being signed to UTA, in keeping with three folks conversant in the matter.
Sanders launched a new Sunday program in May of last year, and her contract with MSNBC ends in early 2024, in keeping with two of those folks. Collins is one in every of three co-anchors at “CNN This Morning,” which executives on the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned outlet are attempting to enhance after a rocky begin, and where the three hosts have had to work through on-set tensions.
The defections of the 2 anchors from one large company to the opposite places a highlight on the unending battle between Hollywood heavyweights to woo new purchasers. Each expertise corporations are powerhouses. UTA represents most of the high anchors at CNN, together with Jake Tapper and Alisyn Camerota, in addition to CBS Information’ Norah O’Donnell and ABC Information’ David Muir. In the meantime, WME represents MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Alex Wagner and Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and Amna Nawaz of “PBS NewsHour.”
Collins’ transfer might have been spurred by the truth that UTA had represented each her and her “CNN This Morning” co-anchor Don Lemon, making a troublesome scenario as knots are being ironed out on the A.M. present. WME is claimed to have made a critical pitch that provides her entry to a number of executives, in keeping with one of many folks conversant in the transfer. The assumption is that Collins, a younger up-and-comer who has taken up anchor duties throughout the early a part of her arc in TV journalism, has extra forward of her.
It’s not the primary time an company or a consumer has needed to weigh whether or not both can work by way of a seeming battle. In 2018, CAA and Megyn Kelly broke off their relationship after the anchor discovered herself having to barter an exit from NBC Information within the wake of an on-air controversy. CAA additionally represented former NBC Information President Noah Oppenheim.
Sanders, a former media strategist who lent help to 2 totally different Democratic presidential campaigns, got here to MSNBC straight from working as a media aide to U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. Along with internet hosting a Sunday program on MSNBC, she additionally anchors a program on MSNBC’s streaming hub on Peacock. Her program, “Symone,” explores points on the intersection of politics, tradition and race, and options interviews with high newsmakers.
Collins’ transfer to WME was previously reported by The New York Post.