John Ferriter, former long-time William Morris Agency talent agent and WMA board member, passed away on Thursday, July 25. He was 59.
Ferriter spent more than 19 years at The William Morris Agency, most recently serving as EVP and worldwide head of non-scripted television, having joined the company in 1991 as an assistant to agent Dick Howard. During his near-two decade tenure at WMA, Ferriter repped talent on such television hits as Project Runway, The Biggest Loser, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Chelsea Lately.
His client list included the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Dick Clark, Garth Brooks, Arsenio Hall, Ryan Seacrest, Claudia Schiffer, Adam Carolla, Carson Daly, Mario Lopez, Nancy O’Dell, Marie Osmond, Drew Pinsky, Erin Burnett and Glenn Weiss.
Following the William Morris-Endeavor merger in 2009, Ferriter sued the agency for US$25 million, before reaching an undisclosed settlement in 2012.
He would go on to board Octagon Entertainment as a managing director before launching management and production company The Alternative in partnership with partner Jamie Gruttemeyer in 2015.
Ferriter was also a member of the Realscreen community, having attended eight Realscreen events in the past.
A cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Donations in Ferriter’s memory can be made to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio.