Resolution’s Cynthia Booth & Emma Lewis Join Don Buchwald & Associates
Veteran agent Cynthia Booth and manager-turned-agent Emma Lewis have joined Don Buchwald and Associates in Los Angeles. Both come from now-shuttered Resolution.
Booth, most recently head of the TV/talent division at Resolution, began her career at CAA and subsequently worked at Writers and Artists.
Lewis began at ICM working for Leigh Brillstein. She segued to Brillstein Entertainment and spent time on both the talent and literary sides before being brought in as an agent… Read
WME Signs ‘Starry Eyes’ Directing Duo
EXCLUSIVE: Writing and directing partners Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer have signed with WME as their dark thriller Starry Eyes continues to climb the iTunes charts. The partially crowdfunded indie about a wannabe Hollywood actress (Alexandra Essoe) who makes a demonic pact for fame debuted in select theaters and digital platforms last weekend via Dark Sky Films, which snapped up the pic after the film's well-received debut at Austin's South By Southwest this March… Read
Concerts Agent Phil Casey & ICM Partners Launch Reunion Tour
Longtime concerts agent Phil Casey is returning to ICM Partners as a senior agent in the department where he worked for 20 years. He had moved to Resolution as an SVP for just more than a year until Jeff Berg's agency shuttered last month. Since then it has been a dash around town for those agents to find new homes.
Casey began at ICM in 1984 in the concert department's urban group and over his career has repped the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Sean “Puffy” Combs. He… Read
Disney’s ‘Feast’ Director Patrick Osborne Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: If you saw Big Hero 6 last week then you probably saw the directorial debut of Patrick Osborne. The supervising animator on the Oscar-winning short Paperman, Osborne helmed the unbelievably charming short Feast that was shown before the Don Hall- and Chris Williams-directed feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. And, with Oscar buzz around Feast, Osborne has now signed with WME, I've learned. He continues to also be repped by Anonymous and Hirsch… Read
WME Digital Agent Leaving To Head Fullscreen’s Talent-Management Unit
Beau Bryant, an agent with WME's digital unit, is near a deal to become SVP Talent and Programming at Fullscreen. The big YouTube multichannel network recently was purchased by Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group.
The deal is not quite final, but it represents another example of… Read
‘Insurgent’ Teaser: Shailene Woodley Tries To Rescue Mom From A Floating & Burning House
We're getting a first look at Summit Entertainment's The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second pic in the franchise. The teaser trailer dropped today by Lionsgate features Tris (Shailene Woodley) jumping from building to building as she tries to save her mother (Ashley Judd) from a flying, burning house. Woodley and Theo James topline a cast that includes Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q and… Read
Gersh Adds Four Agents To Comedy Division In NY & LA
EXCLUSIVE: The Gersh Agency has hired four new agents as it grows its bi-coastal comedy department in New York and Los Angeles.
Moving over to Gersh after eight years at ICM Partners is William Rodriguez, who reps comedians DL Hughley, Charlie Murphy, Earthquake, Aries Spears, and Gary Owen and recently added Sinbad to his roster. He'll focus on booking concerts with promoters, performing arts centers, and casinos.
Also zeroing in on casinos and performing art centers as… Read
Resolution Agent Rachel Sheedy Joins Paul Alan Smith’s ESA
Another agent from folding Resolution has found a new home. Talent agent Rachel Sheedy has joined Equitable Stewardship for Artists. The venture, started more than two years ago by Paul Alan Smith, also has hired two others as agents, Varun Monga and Antoni Kaczmarek. The three will join Smith, Lee Rosenbaum and Tyler Allen. Sheedy, who joined Resolution this past summer after spending sixteen years repping actors in film, TV, and theater for Don Buchwald & Associates in… Read
Primary Wave Acquires Evolution Management
UPDATED: Independent music marketing, talent management, and music publishing company Primary Wave has acquired Evolution Management. Evolution will be merged into Primary Wave's Talent Management division as part of a major expansion of Primary Wave's existing in-house film/TV development, management and production operations. Managers joining Primary Wave from Evolution include founder Mark Burg, Michael Menchel, Tiffany Kuzon, Brad Kaplan, Margot Menzel, and Ben Press… Read
‘Awkward’ Creator Lauren Iungerich Signs With ICM Partners
ICM Partners has signed Lauren Iungerich, creator of MTV's flagship comedy series Awkward. She was previously at WME. In addition to creating Awkward, Iungerich served as executive producer/showrunner for the series' first three seasons. She also has had three other comedy projects go to pilot, Dumb Girls and Hot Mess at MTV and, most recently, Damaged Goods at ABC last season.
This development cycle marked Iungerich's first hourlong sale — comedic mystery Couch… Read
Russell Peters Signs With WME
International stand-up comedy star and actor Russell Peters has signed with WME. Peters has done multiple comedy specials for Netflix, including Notorious, and docu-series Russell Peters Vs. The World. Last summer he was a judge on NBC's reality series Last Comic Standing alongside Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and host JB Smoove. He is currently on his Almost Famous World Tour, which will include a stop at Madison Square Garden next month, and will continue into… Read
‘Poldark’s Heida Reed Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Heida Reed, who will next be seen in the anticipated BBC/Masterpiece drama series Poldark, has signed with ICM Partners. Based in London, the Iceland native has credits that include a co-starring role on TF1′s Paris-set crime series Jo opposite Jean Reno, as well as turns in Silent Witness and the Anne Hathaway feature One Day.
In Poldark, Reed plays Elizabeth Chenoweth opposite Aidan Turner's titular character. The eight-part period saga is an adaptation of… Read