William Morris Endeavor signs Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey has signed with William Morris Endeavor, the world’s largest and oldest talent agency, with offices in Beverly Hills, New York City, Nashville, London, and Miami. Founded as the William Morris Agency in 1898, WME represents artists from all facets of the entertainment industry, including motion pictures, television, music, theatre, digital, publishing, lifestyle, and physical production.
WME Co-CEO Ari Emanuel was crucial in brokering the $700 million deal between the UFC and FOX. Emanuel is the basis for the character Ari Gold in HBO’s Entourage.
Mixed martial artist star and judo Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey has signed with WME.
Rousey was the first female fighter to join the UFC, becoming its first female champion. A judoka, she has won every fight in the first round by armbar.
Rousey became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo, capturing bronze at the Summer Games in Beijing.
While male fighters and athletes have a long tradition of crossing over from sport to screen, women are less known for making the transition. Gina Carano, another MMA fighter, famously segued into acting when she starred in the 2012 Steven Soderbergh action film Haywire. She is now set to appear in Fast & Furious 6.