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Agent Ken Stovitz Departing Paradigm To Join MGMT As Manager/Producer

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Ken Stovitz is leaving Paradigm where he was a senior agent for the past three years, to join management company MGMT. Entertainment, effective June 6. At MGMT, Stovitz will manage clients, many of whom he currently represents and will share with Paradigm. He will also produce film and television projects. “I have known and worked successfully with Ken for too long to mention,” said MGMT Founder and Managing Partner David Schiff. “He is a dynamic executive with a… Read

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Neil Brown Jr. Inks With Don Buchwald & Associates; Ashley Darby Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

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Neil Brown Jr., who played DJ Yella in Straight Outta Compton, has signed with Don Buchwald & Associates for representation in all areas. Brown was cast this week in BBC America series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. He next will be seen in Iraq War drama Sand Castle opposite Henry Cavill and Nicholas Hoult. His other credits include features Fast & Furious and Battle Los Angeles. He recurred on Suits and appeared most recently in CSI: Cyber and NCIS: Los Angeles… Read

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Sacha Baron Cohen Signs With CAA

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CAA just announced internally that Sacha Baron Cohen has signed with CAA. The news comes just as he hits the big screen this Memorial Day weekend frame with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska. Baron Cohen of course created the characters of Ali G, Borat and Brüno and is pretty much the best awards-show presenter going today. His recent film credits include The Brothers Grimsby, which he also produced and… Read

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Thomas Haden Church Signs With UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Haden Church, who co-stars in HBO’s upcoming comedy series Divorce toplined by Sarah Jessica Parker, has signed with UTA. On the film side, the Oscar-nominated actor is next up in Sony’s Crash Pad opposite Domhnall Gleeson and Christina Applegate. Church’s recent credits include Paramount's Daddy's Home, Warner Bros' Max, Sony's Heaven Is For Real and Fox's Cameron Crowe pic We Bought A Zoo. He was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005… Read

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Paul Shaffer Signs With Don Buchwald & Associates

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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Shaffer has signed with Don Buchwald & Associates in all areas, with plans to branch out into creating his own television opportunities. David Letterman’s longtime musical director, bandleader and comic foil, Shaffer recently appeared in Bill Murray’s Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas directed by Sofia Coppola. DBA says it is working to develop a program around Shaffer’s diversified talents and will continue to field opportunities in acting, hosting… Read

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CAA Cooks Up Culinary Division

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CAA hopes its new division has the recipe for success. The agency announced today the launch of CAA Culinary, a full-service culinary marketing and hospitality branch. The unit’s top chef will be veteran talent manager Andrew Chason, who joins CAA from Vector Eats, a talent management agency he co-founded and that specializes in representing high-profile culinary personalities. The CAA Culinary team will work to create new business opportunities for clients and the agency… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Files Unfair Labor Charges Against Ad Giant Grey Global

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SAG-AFTRA has filed unfair labor charges against Grey Global, accusing the giant ad agency of using a "front company" to skirt the union's contract to produce nonunion TV commercials. The charges, filed today with the National Labor Relations Board, claim that Grey Global used a company called 23 Townhouse to produce the ads with nonunion actors. The union began investigating the alleged ruse to bypass its contract last month. At that time, Grey Global said that there was… Read

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Omar Epps Signs With CAA

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CAA has signed actor Omar Epps and his production company, BrooklynWorks Films. The House and Resurrection alum co-stars opposite Ryan Phillippe on USA Network’s upcoming drama series Shooter, based on the movie. He also will be seen in the Will Packer movie for Universal Almost Christmas, coming out in the fall. On the producing side, Epps, along with his partner Erin Dicker, have series The Delta set up at eOne; two-hour movie Between Us in the works at Lifetime; and Sta… Read

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WME Signs Brazilian Filmmaker Caito Ortiz

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EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Brazilian writer-director Caito Ortiz, who recently won the Visions Audience Award at SXSW for his feature Jules And Dolores. The film is a crime caper, based on a true story of the 1983 heist of the World Cup in Rio De Janeiro. Netflix has acquired the film and will distribute globally later this year. Ortiz’ previous work includes the film Estacao Liberdade and the documentary Motoboys: Vida Loca, which garnered him the Audience Award at the… Read

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Award-Winning Animator Jacob Frey Signs With The Gotham Group

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EXCLUSIVE: After some competition, The Gotham Group has signed Jacob Frey, director of the award-winning animated short The Present. Based on a web comedy by Brazilian artist Fabio Coala, the short follows a boy who receives a present, a little disabled dog, and how the two of them first become unlikely and then likely friends. To date The Present was won over 50 awards as it has played festivals around the world. Watch it above. A 2014 graduate of Germany’s Filmakademie… Read

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Tommy V Productions Signs With CAA

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Executive producer and film financier Tommy Vlahopoulos has signed across the board with CAA, along with his company Tommy V Productions. Producer Matthew Lamothe will spearhead Tommy V Productions’ Los Angeles operations, with Vlahopoulos based out of the company’s New York office. "CAA brings exceptional filmmaking opportunities and extensive Hollywood relationships to the Tommy V Productions slate." said CEO Tommy Vlahopoulos. "We are looking forward to collaborating… Read

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Benderspink Breaking Up After 18-Year Run

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UPDATE with statement: Chris Bender and JC Spink announced today they are calling it quits on Benderspink, the pair’s 18-year-old management and production company. Both will start new ventures, we’re told; Spink no longer works at the company’s offices. "We started Benderspink in our late 20's almost 18 years ago,” a joint statement said. “We could not be more proud of what we've worked on together and are excited for the next chapter in each of our lives." The duo’s… Read