Unless you’ve been living under a rock all month, you are likely aware of the recent unceremonious sacking of Infinity Ward studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella. After being fired by Activision on March 1, the pair filed a massive lawsuit against Activivsion seeking control of the Modern Warfare franchise and a hefty $36 million to make up for lost bonuses.
Many speculated the duo would immediately head into talks with EA or Microsoft and establish a new studio. However, the LA Times is reporting that Jason and Vince have instead opted to sign on with the biggest talent agency in Hollywood: CAA.
If this sounds strange to anyone, it’s because most developers sign directly with a studio or publisher for a full-time position. Being represented by a talent agent implies that you are for hire for temporary jobs (as is the case with Hollywood actors). This may well mark a new beginning for Hollywood’s relations with the gaming industry. Of course, having a wildly successful billion-dollar game under their belts certainly makes West and Zampella look damn good.
So in the end, what does this move really mean? In all probability, the pair are just using CAA as agent representation in their search for a new publisher. The Creative Arts Agency will be able to provide rock-solid contract negotiations; this should help West and Zampella avoid another fallout like the one they’ve just been through.