James Manos JrWriter-producer-director James Manos Jr has signed with Paradigm. He created and served as executive producer on Showtime’s Dexter and won an Emmy for writing the “College” episode from Season 1 of The Sopranos. His credits also include The Shield and telepic The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, for which he earned an Emmy nom as producer. Manos also penned the upcoming indie feature I Am Lupe and is set as exec producer/showrunner for the 2015 WE tv series South Of Hell.

Blair BenderBlair Bender has joined Block Korenbrot as a film publicist in Los Angeles. She was with IFC Films in New York, where she managed publicity for the distribution of independent films and documentaries including Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight titles. Prior to that, she handled film and awards campaigns at Warner Bros in Burbank, working on such films as The Blind Side and the Harry Potter franchise.