Ken Stovitz is returning to the agency business after six years as a producer.
Stovitz, who formerly was a longtime agent at Creative Artists Agency until leaving to become a partner at Will Smith's production company, has joined Paradigm as a senior agent.
At the Beverly Hills based agency, Stovitz will serve on Paradigm's five-person management committee, which oversees day-to-day operations. Chief Executive Sam Gores also sits on the committee.
During his tenure at Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, the company produced such movies as "Hancock" and "Seven Pounds," as well as "The Karate Kid," which starred Jaden Smith, the son of Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Will Smith remains a client of CAA's, while Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith are following Stovitz from other agencies to Paradigm. Stovitz begins work at the agency on Thursday.
Before joining Overbrook, where he was a partner with co-founders Smith and producer James Lassiter, Stovitz was at CAA for 18 years. His clients included Will Smith, "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and "Clueless" director Amy Heckerling, among others.
“Sam is giving me the opportunity to work side by side with him and the management committee to grow the agency at a time when the cycle is shifting in favor of the artist,” Stovitz said in a statement.
Gores praised Stovitz in a statement, saying, "He is a savvy executive, has incredible taste, an excellent reputation and we share a vision for the agency’s future, which he will be a key architect in building."