EXCLUSIVE: Talent manager Will Douglas is leaving Paradigm after two years to join the ambitious management company Grandview. Douglas has a strong roster of TV clients and will enable Grandview to bolster that side of its business.
The hire is another step in Grandview’s expansion. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik left its joint venture with IM Global and eOne to form a partnership with Grandview in 2014, when it was set up by CAA lit agent Matt Rosen and manager Jeff Silver. Kavanaugh-Jones now advises Grandview clients on production and packaging. The trio met while working at CAA, where Rosen and Silver were in the film lit department and Kavanaugh-Jones was in film finance and sales.
Last year, Grandview tapped Gersh’s Josh Glick. Douglas will join Grandview as its sixth talent manager.
Although Grandview and Automatik are separate companies, they’re partnered together. Managers at Grandview focus solely on management, without producing the films or TV shows of their clients. Automatik is solely a production house and produced Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special and exec produced Loving as well as Zack Whedon’s Come And Find Me starring Aaron Paul and Sandcastle with Henry Cavill and Nicholas Hoult.
Automatik’s first television series, Beyond, will premiere this year on Freeform. Automatik recently brought producer Fred Berger on-board as a partner. Berger has Damien Chazelle musical La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone coming out later this year. They will focus on filmmaker-driven prestige films as well as high-end commercial fare.
“Will did an outstanding job for us and we support his decision to make a career change. The good news is that from day one we will share a number of clients together and plan to build on that going forward,” said Andrew Ruf, co-head of talent at Paradigm.
“We are so excited to have Will join Grandview. His character, ambition and drive is everything that excites us in both the people we work with and the people we represent,” said Rosen and Silver.