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Director Roland Joffé Inks With Gersh

EXCLUSIVE: Gersh has signed award-winning director Roland Joffé, who recently co-wrote and directed the South African drama, The Forgiven, starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Based on the Michael Ashton play The Archbishop and The Antichrist, the story follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu's (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and… Read

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Media Company RYOT Signs With CAA

CAA has signed Oscar- and Emmy-nominated film, television, digital, and immersive media company RYOT. RYOT specializes in documentaries, branded content, and virtual and augmented realities founded by artists, filmmakers, and humanitarians who share a vision of connecting the world through technology. The company was acquired by Verizon in 2016 and now serves as the global studio for Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon, which is the new combined entity of Yahoo and AOL. RYOT… Read

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‘Sun Dogs’ Filmmaker-Actress Jennifer Morrison Signs With CAA, Anonymous Content

EXCLUSIVE: Actress, director and producer Jennifer Morrison, whose debut feature Sun Dogs has been winning awards on the festival circuit, has just signed with CAA and Anonymous Content. The film was acquired by Netflix in December and will be released on April 6. As an actress, Morrison recently completed Season 6 as the star of ABC's hit drama series Once Upon a Time, where she plays Emma Swan. She also recently wrapped production on Sony Pictures' Superfly opposite… Read

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‘This Is Us’ Star Justin Hartley Signs With CAA

CAA has signed Justin Hartley, one of the stars of the hit NBC series This Is Us. Hartley plays one of the Big Three, Kevin Pearson, who had been battling alcohol addiction on the acclaimed family drama, currently in its second season and renewed through Season 3. It is the highest-rated drama series on broadcast TV, with its recent post-Super Bowl episode drawing 31 million viewers after one day of playback. Hartley, who had been with Innovative Artists, shared a SAG… Read

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‘The King’ Maker Eugene Jarecki Signs With Anonymous Content, Books Deal With Sterling Lord Literistic

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EXCLUSIVE: Eugene Jarecki, who debuted his new film The King at the Sundance Film Festival, has signed with Anonymous Content and Sterling Lord Literistic, the latter of whom will team with the filmmaker on a book based on his Elvis Presley road-trip documentary. David Kanter and Howie Sanders of Anonymous Content will represent the Peabody- and Emmy-winning filmmaker alongside UTA. "Anonymous Content is excited to join forces with Eugene whose new film The King adds… Read

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UTA Wins Race To Sign Spartan Brand

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UTA has signed Spartan, the worldwide obstacle race and endurance brand that includes among its offshoots NBC’s summer series Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. Beyond the more than 200 events in more than 35 countries, the brand includes health and wellness programming, merchandise, a Spartan Up! podcast, books and more, with a further push into TV and documentaries ongoing. UTA will work with Spartan and founder-CEO Joe De Dena to continue to build out Spartan’s digital… Read

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WME Signs ‘Sorry To Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Following Sundance Raves

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EXCLUSIVE: Hot off the Sundance premiere of his film Sorry To Bother You and the splashy world rights deal by Annapurna that followed, writer, director and composer Boots Riley has signed with WME to be repped in all areas. Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer and Tessa Thompson, Sorry To Bother You is an absurdist dark comedy that tackles capitalism and race in Riley's hometown of Oakland. Riley is also the lead vocalist of The Coup, the socially conscious hip-hop… Read

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ICM Partners Promotes 6 Agents To Partner Status

ICM Partners has promoted six agents to partner, bringing the total number of partners at the Hollywood agency to 54. The names include Adam Ginivisian, who becomes the youngest partner at the agency. He is joined on the list by Ayala Cohen (Comedy), Hrishi Desai (Lit), Scott Mantell (Concerts/International), Kathleen Remington (Lit) and Lara Sackett (Physical Production). The appointments are effective immediately. Ginivisian, who began in the agency's mailroom in 2007… Read

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WME Hires Outside Firm To Investigate Motion Picture Lit Partner

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WME has hired Los Angeles-based Fromholz Firm to launch an investigation into claims against Phil Raskind, a partner in the agency’s motion picture lit department. Raskind’s clients include McG, Matthew Vaughn, the It team of Barbara and Andy Muschietti, James Mangold and Jane Goldman. The agency declined comment on the specifics of the case, but the Fromholz website states that it conducts “investigations as highly trained, neutral, third-party investigators,” covering… Read

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L.A. Entertainment Employment Soars In New Media And Digital Management

Employment for a jobs category that includes promoters, agents and managers has spurred major employment growth in the Los Angeles entertainment industry, according to a new report. The Center for a Competitive Workforce issued the report on Friday. It claimed entertainment industry employment grew 19.6% from 2007 to 2016, far outstripping the four percent growth across all industries during the same period. The Center for a Competitive Workforce is a partnership between… Read

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Zach Carlisle Joins ICM Partners As TV Lit Agent

Zach Carlisle will be joining ICM Partners as an agent in the TV Lit department effective Monday, February 12. Carlisle comes to ICM from Verve, where he was one of the boutique lit agency’s first employees after leaving WME along with Verve partners Bryan Besser, Bill Weinstein and Adam Levine in 2010. Carlisle was promoted to agent in 2011 and helped start Verve's television department. Among the clients expected to follow him to ICM Partners are playwright/TV writer… Read