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Brazilian Filmmaker Kleber Mendonca Filho Inks With ICM Partners

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Director Kleber Mendonca Filho poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Aquarius at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France
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EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonca Filho, whose second feature film Aquarius starring Sonia Braga played in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim. Filho started out as a film critic and eventually ended up writing, directing, producing, and editing several short films before making his feature film debut with the 2012 pic Neighboring Sounds. Aquarius centers on a 65-year-old widow (Braga) who is the last… Read

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Monty Silver Dies: Longtime Talent Agent Was 83

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Longtime talent agent Monty Silver died early this morning of bladder cancer in Springs, East Hampton, NY. He was 83. Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Silver started the Monty Silver Agency in New York in the 1950s and kept working until only a few years ago. During the 1990s, he took on partners Robbie Kass and Donna Massetti to open a Los Angeles office and launch SMS Talent. Silver worked with Jon Voight when he got his Equity card and with Fyvush Finkel when he won an Emmy… Read

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Dave Franco Inks With WME

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Dave Franco, known for films including the Neighbors and Now You See Me franchises, has signed with WME for representation, moving from CAA. Franco has been busy, having recently wrapped the Netflix drama 6 Balloons, Warner Bros’ animated film The Lego Ninjago Movie and Good Universe’s The Masterpiece, in which he appears alongside brother James Franco. He also co-starred opposite Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon in Jeff Baena’s The… Read

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WME Signs ‘Alexander And The Terrible’ Actor Ed Oxenbould; Magnet Management Adds Morgan Murphy

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Ed Oxenbould, who starred in Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, has inked with WME for representation, moving from ICM Partners. Oxenbould co-stars in Paul Dano's feature directorial debut Wildlife, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. Other film credits for the Australian-born actor include M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit and Safe Neighborhood. He continues to be repped by Australia's Sophie Jermyn Management and Industry… Read

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CAA Signs Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has signed with CAA. The agency will work closely with the former four-term U.S. Senator to develop and execute a post-office strategy that furthers her life's work and the issues she has passionately advocated for throughout her career, CAA says. Boxer served as a U.S. Senator in California from 1993-2017. During her time in office, she was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she chaired the… Read

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Party Time Deja Vu For Big Agencies At Sundance

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Al Gore will be having a shindig for his An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power on the opening night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, but like last year the big agencies are keeping their party powder dry. Once again, UTA and CAA will be not be holding big parties at the Robert Redford-founded fest that begins tomorrow. Starting on Friday, WME | IMG will be holding court again at its lodge, which is on Park City's Main Street this year. While no party this year, CAA… Read

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Nate Berkus Signs With Brillstein Entertainment Partners

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Television personality Nate Berkus has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Berkus, an interior designer and author, was catapulted to fame by his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002. Multiple guest stints on Oprah and Rachael Ray led to Berkus getting his own syndicated show, The Nate Berkus Show, which launched in September 2010 and ran for two seasons. It featured makeovers, culture, design and personal advice. Berkus will make his return to… Read

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WME | IMG Exec Chris Liddell Leaving To Join Donald Trump’s Team

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Chris Liddell, the global CFO at WME | IMG, is exiting that post for a D.C. gig with soon-to-be-President Donald Trump. The New Zealander who previously served as CFO at General Motors and Microsoft has been named an assistant and director of strategic initiatives for the new administration. Liddell, who joined WME | IMG in August 2014, had been advising the former Apprentice in Chief on appointments during the post-election transition. Trump said in a statement today… Read

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WME Boss Ari Emanuel Joins Chicago Cubs Celebration At White House

President Barack Obama holds up a personalized Chicago Cubs baseball jersey presented to him by Anthony Rizzo, right, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, where the president honored the 2016 World Series Champion baseball team. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ari Emanuel, who met with his former client Donald Trump soon after the election, was at the White House today with President Barack Obama as the WME | IMG boss helped commemorate his hometown Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory. The Cubs joined Obama in the White House celebration, which also included his brother, Windy City mayor and former POTUS Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Ari is a huge Cubs fan, and for the record WME | IMG also represents the team. He and his brother… Read

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Daniel Pancotto, Jon Kanak Upped At Magnet Management

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Managers Daniel Pancotto and Jon Kanak, who have been helping lead the expansion of Magnet Management, have just been promoted. Pancott, who represents Tom Cavanaugh from CW’s The Flash and Jonathan Sadowski from Young and Hungry, has been named Head of Talent at the firm, while Kanak has been named Head of International. Pancotto also reps breakout Flash star Carlos Valdes. Kanak reps Marcus Kryler & Fredrik Akerstrom (Hummingbird, Battlefield One), Tom Daley (Tiger House… Read

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Seth Oster Replaces Chris Day At UTA As Global Head Of Communications

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Seth Oster, who many in town will remember from his stints at the MPAA and SAG, has been hired as Global Head of Corporate Communications at UTA. He will start Monday and replaces Chris Day, who exited the post late last year. Oster is a well-respected communications specialist, a veteran actually, who left Hollywood to work in the Obama administration and then world-renown accounting firm KPMG. He now returns to Los Angeles for the UTA job, responsible for the agency’s… Read

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Hannah Ware Signs With CAA

Hannah Ware attends the premiere for "Hitman: Agent 47" at the AMC Empire 25 on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Betrayal and Boss alumna Hannah Ware has signed with CAA. Ware’s credits include the lead role of Sara Hanley in ABC’s Betrayal and a starring role opposite Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto in the Skip Woods feature, Hitman: Agent 47. Previously, she starred opposite Kelsey Grammer in the Starz series Boss. Ware is managed by Cory Richman and Brian Liebman at Liebman Entertainment. She is repped in the UK by Deborah Willey at Independent Talent… Read