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Leslee Dart splits from Scott Rudin after 17 years

By Roger Friedman

HollywoodNews.com: After 17 years, Leslee Dart is no longer representing producer Scott Rudin. She tells me it’s an amicable parting of the ways.

“I’m a much better marketer having worked with Scott,” Dart told me today from her office at 42West in New York. “I am indebted to him.”

Dart and Rudin had many spectacular successes. The high points were probably a Best Picture win for “No Country for Old Men” and many nominations for “The Hours.” Dart’s group had been working on “The Social Network,” which will open the New York Film Festival. But now the responsibility for that goes to Emily Bear at Rubenstein Associates. Bear had worked with Rudin during their overlapping time together at the post-Harvey, Daniel Battsek-driven Miramax.

I have heard that Rudin –whom I like a lot but is prone to having fits–wasn’t happy when he couldn’t reach Dart for some reason recently. But these spats have come and gone over 17 years. It’s more likely that everybody was ready for a change. And this one will make it easier should 42West pick up some of The Weinstein Company business this season. Harvey as a lot of potential nominees and is in need of extra help. As for Rudin, early buzz for “The Social Network” is very, very good.

Dart’s 42West is still a powerhouse representing Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and a host of other A listers.

Meanwhile, Weinstein Company’s beloved Dani Weinstein, head of PR and with Harvey (not a relative) for a dozen years, is said to be negotiating her exit. No official word yet on what will happen, but TWC still has Sara Serlen, who could run a war for General Petreus if she had to. Everyone will miss Dani Weinstein. But I’m told her future may still include TWC in some way, so it’s all on good terms. “A win-win,” says a source.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411.com column in April after 10 years with Fox News where he helped create Foxnews.com. Friedman’s prior experience on the Internet is with MSN’s Cinemania column. Friedman also wrote the Intelligencer column as a contributing editor at "New York Magazine," where he covered the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In addition, Friedman has been involved in book publishing and filmmaking (Only the Strong Survive). For more about Roger go to Showbiz411.com

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