This morning, both THR and Variety report that Paradigm is indeed in talks to gobble up the Writers & Artists agency. Paradigm needs the rep infusion to fill their new offices in the MCA building in Beverly Hills; there's something chilling about an agent blood-curdling scream echoing through a half-full workspace, and the fresh W&A bodies will undoubtedly help to deaden the sound.
Our favorite bit of coverage of the deal-in-progress, courtesy of
a Paradigm press release the THR: "With its flurry of deal-making, observers said Paradigm is positioning itself to become the dominant full-service alternative to the larger agencies, one that is equipped handle everything from representation of below-the-line talent to marquee names." Look, even Agent Dance mascot Ari Emanuel is laughing about who these "observers" might be!