Richard Lovett took over as head of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1995. That put the 41-year-old Wisconsin native near the top of the Hollywood food chain. But in the few profiles and interviews Lovett has consented to, the picture that emerges is hardly that of the old-style (like, 1980s) carnivorous über agent.
"He's balanced," said one longtime acquaintance. "He's driven but he's not only driven."
At my college newspaper, new writers all received the same encouraging spiel. "We want you to start writing for us immediately," the editor would say. "We're not like the Harvard Crimson, where you have to scrub floors all semester before anyone even talks to you."