WhoRepresents?com Newsletter August 1, 2011
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whoRepresents?com August 1, 2011
Notes From the Rep Biz
Youth talent agents Wendi Green and Jennifer Millar have left Abrams Artists and are heading to Paradigm. This move instantly makes Paradigm a player in the youth business, adding Angus T. Jones of "Two and a Half Men," along with numerous other child stars, to the company roster. Abrams was quick to react to Green and Millar's departure, luring agents Pamela Fisher, Chrissy Eaden and Famata Kamara away from Buchwald Talent Group and into their LA office.
Speaking of young talent, rising star Hailee Steinfeld has signed with manager Shelly Browning at Magnolia Entertainment. She also has a new publicist, signing with Megan Moss Pachon at ID PR. Steinfeld continues to be repped by agents Meredith Wechter at ICM and Meredith Fine at Coast to Coast Talent Group, and by David Eisenberg at Protege Management. These moves give Steinfeld an even stronger footing in the leading lady world, while keeping the security of the reps who broke her into the business (for more, see our June piece on young actors transitioning out of their child careers).
And in a final note on youth representation, Variety reported last Friday that former youth talent manager Nick Roses pleaded no contest to the charges of operating an advance-fee talent service, as well as failing to file a $50,000 bond with the state in accordance with the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009. His sentence includes three years' probation, during which time Roses must have no involvement with the talent services business.
Josh Gad, a Tony nominee for his work in the Broadway smash "The Book of Mormon," has signed with manager Aleen Keshishian at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. His agent is Meredith Wechter at ICM.
Diandra Rees, writer/director of the Sundance film "Pariah," has signed with David Flynn at UTA. She continues to be repped by manager Christina Bazdekis at Cinetic Management.
Literary agent Carolyn Sivitz has traded Gersh for UTA. Among her clients are Chris Galletta, Todd Strauss-Schulson and Amy Berg, although it is not yet certain who will be following her to the new company.
Rapper Aloe Blacc, whose song "I Need a Dollar" opens the HBO show "How to Make it in America," has signed with touring agent Brian Edelman at WME.
On the PR Front: Randee Heller, Marisol Nichols and Ziah Colon have all signed with Anderson PR.
Lee Pace ("The Hobbit," "Twilight: Breaking Dawn") has landed the role of Fernando Wood in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." He is represented by CAA's Joel Lubin, and by managers Peter Kiernan and Bill Choi at Management 360.
"Arrested Development" star Alia Shawkat, who has "The Oranges" opening later this year, has landed supporting roles in "He Loves Me" opposite Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, and "The Brass Teapot" opposite Juno Temple. Her reps are UTA's Shani Rosenzweig and Perri Kipperman at Kipperman Management.
"Bridesmaids'" scene-stealer Rebel Wilson has joined the indie comedy "Struck by Lightning." Wilson is repped by Stephanie Ritz at WME and manager Andy Corren.
Who's Making Deals?
Not So Silent Bob
Kevin Smith's next gig might just be talk-show host. Smith is planning a 30 minute syndicated talk-show, and a pilot is already in the works. It is not certain what network this might end up on, but the demo will definitely skew young and male. Smith is represented by Philip Raskind at WME.
From the Fedora to a Cowboy Hat
I guess the Old West just suits Harrison Ford, as the "Cowboys & Aliens" star is now attached to play Wyatt Earp in the feature "Black Hats." Ford is represented by long-time agent Jim Berkus at UTA.
The Smurfs: $36.2M
CAA - Dan Aloni
WME - Adam Venit
CAA - Nick Styne
Cowboys & Aliens: $36.2M
CAA - Spencer Baumgarten
CAA - Rick Kurtzman
WME - Brandt Joel
Untitled - Jason Weinberg
Captain America: $24.9M
CAA - Adam Kanter
CAA - Jim Toth
3 Arts - Erwin Stoff
CAA - Hylda Queally
Hamilton Hodell (UK)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: $21.9M David Yates