Bryan William Lourd is a talent manager and executive from America. He became the partner, managing director, and co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in October 1995 and has held the position since then. A native of Louisiana, Lourd grew up alongside his brother Blaine Lourd. Since he was a child, he harboured a deep interest in the world of entertainment. He performed in school productions, often portraying the lead roles. Lourd received his college degree from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 1982. Since he has joined CAA, he has been pivotal in the success of the agency as well as his clients. Lourd has been part of CAA’s successful venture into the world of sports. He also led the agency in negotiating a favourable deal with the equity firm TPG.
As a talent manager, Lourd is active primarily behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. In October 1995, he assumed the roles of partner, managing director and co-chairman at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). In the ensuing years, he has contributed significantly to CAA’s success. He has numerous Hollywood personalities as clients, including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Alejandro Inarritu, Darren Aronofsky and Spike Jonze. In the previous decade, Lourd got two Hollywood superstars, Johnny Depp and Ryan Gosling, to sign with CAA. He also persuaded David Letterman not to retire after he left NBC’s Late Night show and host the Netflix show ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman’ (2018).
Under Lourd’s leadership, CAA has expanded into the world of sports. In 2014, CAA and global private investment firm TPG informed the media that the firm has decided to become the majority investor in the agency.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on November 5, 1960, in New Iberia, Louisiana, Bryan Lourd is the son of Sherion (Brice) and Harvey H. Lourd, Jr. (1938-2011). His brother, Blaine, is younger than him. Blaine is an investment advisor and author. In 2015, he published his memoir, ‘Born on the Bayou’. Bryan studied at New Iberia Senior High School and was part of their theatre program, often playing the lead roles in musicals. He went on to attend and graduate from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 1982.
In 1984, while he was already involved in the entertainment industry, Lourd met actress Carrie Fisher, who is known for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise. A relationship eventually developed between the two. They dated from 1991 to 1994 and their daughter, actress Billie Lourd, was born on July 17, 1992. Fisher later stated that Lourd really took care of her and she genuinely believed that he could be a great father, which he was.
A year after the birth of their daughter, Lourd left Fisher for another man. While Fisher admitted that she was “devastated” afterwards, she denied that this was the reason for her manic depression and subsequent hospitalization a year later. They eventually realised that they had to work together to give Billie an ideal childhood and took the decision to co-parent her. In an interview, Billie stated that her father got home every day on the same time, had dinner with her, helped her finish her homework, and they watched ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ together before heading to bed. On the other hand, things were a lot more chaotic at her mother’s house. Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016. She was 60 years old at the time.
On October 12, 2016, Lourd exchanged wedding vows with businessperson Bruce Bozzi, the co-owner of The Palm. They have been together since his split from Fisher. Lourd also legally adopted Ava Bozzi, Bruce’s daughter. The family owns several homes, including a penthouse apartment in the West Village, in Lower Manhattan, New York City, and a house in Beverly Hills, California.