Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As EVP Of SAG-AFTRA, National VP/LA Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update
UPDATE, 8:35PM (adds national VPs): Clyde Kusatsu has been elected SAG-AFTRA’s national VP, Los Angeles, the guild announced this evening at its ongoing biennial convention at which delegates nominated and elected eight national vice presidents, including the EVP Gabrielle Carteris, whose victory was announced earlier today. Ilyssa Fradin was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals and Samantha Mathis was chosen national VP, actors/performers.
National VPs who… Read
ICM Partners Signs ‘Girls Lost’ Writer-Director Alexandra-Therese Keining
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed Swedish writer-director Alexandra-Therese Keining, the filmmaker behind the YA coming-of-age pic Girls Lost that premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival to critical raves. Girls Lost, adapted from the bestselling Swedish novel Boys, is about three outcast teenage girls who get a new perspective on high school life when they are mysteriously transformed into boys, in a skillfully crafted tale of sexual confusion with a supernatural… Read
Toronto Helmers Ink With Management 360
EXCLUSIVE: Management 360 has inked rep deals with a trio of directors who made waves at the just-wrapped Toronto Film Festival: Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, who co-helmed the Belgian drama Black in the Discovery section, and Turkey-born Deniz Gamze Erguven whose debut feature Mustang screened in the Special Presentations section after bowing at Cannes. All three are repped by CAA.
Fallah and El Arbi, of Moroccan decent and based in Belgium, also co-wrote Black with… Read
Crowdsourcing Publisher Inkshares Signs With UTA
Upstart book publisher Inkshares has signed with United Talent Agency, which will now represent all underlying rights from future Inkshares book deals.
Intended to “democratize publishing”, Inkshares is a hybrid outfit that uses crowdsourcing techniques to determine which books they’ll publish, rather than relying solely on the instincts of a given literary representative to evaluate the potential success of a work. Authors are allowed to publish sample chapters from… Read
Don Buchwald & Associates Bolsters Ranks In NY & L.A.
Maximilian Ulanoff and Kaitlyn Flynn have joined Don Buchwald & Associates' New York office, and Ben Gorman and Nick Leicht will be based in L.A.
Ulanoff joins DBA/NY after spending the past eight years working in branded entertainment and licensing, most recently for the Joester Loria Group where he worked with brands such as Smosh, Aimee Song, Corona and Pepsi. He will work alongside DBA’s commercial and endorsement department focusing on digital and branded lifestyle… Read
Eric McCormack Signs With Gersh
Gersh has signed actor Eric McCormack. He was most recently at ICM Partners.
McCormack is best known for his eight seasons on NBC’s comedy Will & Grace, which earned him a lead actor Emmy along with a SAG award. McCormack also toplined TNT drama Perception, which ran for three seasons. His other TV credits as an actor include The Andromeda Strain, Borrowed Hearts, Trust Me, the title role in Who Is Clark Rockefeller?, The New Adventures Of Old Christine and two seasons as… Read
Rain Management Group Taps Garrett Greer As Literary Manager; Michael Kolodny Joins Kaplan Stahler – Update
UPDATED with Kaplan Stahler hire: Garrett Greer has joined Rain Management Group as Literary Manager. Greer comes to Rain Management Group from MTV’s scripted department, where he worked under EVP and Head of Scripted Mina Lefevre. Greer began his career in television as an assistant at the Kaplan Stahler Agency. He went on to work as a production fellow at ABC Studios, assisting then-President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly at Fox, and later as assistant to Dante Di… Read
Ed Westwick Signs With ICM Partners
Gossip Girl alum Ed Westwick has signed with ICM Partners. He was formerly with WME.
Westwick is set to star opposite Erika Christensen in the new ABC drama series Wicked City, which premieres October 27.
He began his TV career with guest star roles on British TV series including Doctors, Casualty and Afterlife, but his breakout role came in 2007 in The CW’s Gossip Girl playing Chuck Bass. Westwick made his feature film debut the year before in The Weinstein Company’s Brea… Read
Matt Lucas Signs With WME
Actor, writer and producer Matt Lucas has signed with WME.
Lucas co-created and co-starred in UK comedy series Little Britain and Come Fly With Me. His other credits include Bridesmaids, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland and the just-completed Alice sequel. He also recently finished work on comedy series Fresh Off The Boat and Galavant in the UK for Dan Fogelman. He will next shoot How To Talk To Girls At Parties, starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.
Lucas continues to… Read
Abrams Ups Ben Izzo To Agent
EXCLUSIVE: With a roster that includes work on behalf of Argentine-Chilean writer and activist Ariel Dorfman, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller and the songwriting team of Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, Ben Izzo has been promoted to agent at Abrams Artists Agency's New York-based literary division, Chairman and CEO Harry Abrams tells Deadline. Izzo had been the departmental coordinator in the literary division.
Specializing in the representation of… Read
‘River’ Director Jamie Dagg Signs With WME Post-Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: Canadian writer-director Jamie Dagg, whose debut feature film River premiered at the just-wrapped Toronto Film Festival in its Discovery section, has signed with WME in a competitive situation. Dagg’s thriller follows an American volunteer doctor in Laos who, after refusing the orders of a senior surgeon, is forced to take a leave of absence. Heading to a remote island in the south of Laos, his solace is shattered after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a… Read
LBI Entertainment Kicks Off Soccer-Focused Unit
As soccer continues to win fans on this side of the pond, LBI Entertainment has a new goal. The management and production company founded by Rick Yorn and Ian Montone is teaming witn U.S. soccer icon Cobi Jones and London-based football agent Kutner to launch LBI Sports. The new agency will focus on soccer, building on Kutner’s clientele that includes Frank Lampard, Patrick Bamford and Philippe Senderos along with coaches and TV personalities. Jones played in 164 games… Read