26 October 2012 11:08 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Bill Cosby has signed with CAA, a move that ends a remarkable 48-year run at Wma and Wme. CAA will rep the iconic performer in all areas. Most of Cosby’s recent activity has been in performing up to 100 live shows each year, and writing bestselling books. So Wme’s loss here is mostly symbolic, but it is also an opportunity to note the 48 years he spent with former Wma head Norman Brokaw, who repped the groundbreaking comedian-turned-actor since the beginning of his career. In terms of length, the only star-rep relationships that come to mind as comparisons are Lenny Hirshan and Clint Eastwood, and Elvis Presley and Col. Tom Parker. Brokaw (who never retired, by the way) handled Cosby back when he  became the first African American to star in a network TV series, joining Robert Culp in I Spy. Cosby won three Emmy Awards in a row. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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