DDA Launches Awards Campaign Division Headed By Former Weinstein Exec
EXCLUSIVE: PR agency DDA has launched an Awards & Special Projects division in the heat of Emmy voting season and as the fall film awards-season is poised to kick into high gear. The new unit will be spearheaded by Tolley Haycock Shields, a former Weinstein Company publicity exec who contributed to campaigns for Weinstein’s awards pics Carol, The Hateful Eight and The Hunting Ground last year as well as The Imitation Game, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, Undefea… Read
Alex Meneses Inks With Untitled; Verne Troyer Teams With Studio71
Alex Meneses has signed with Untitled Entertainment for representation in all areas. She plays Isabela Santamaria on NBC’s Telenovela, earning an Imagen Award nom this year for Best Actress in a Comedy. She recurred on Everybody Loves Raymond as the Italian girlfriend of Brad Garrett’s character and most recently guested on such shows as The Goldbergs, Growing Up Fisher and Austin & Ally. Meneses also has served on the board of trustees at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles… Read
Primary Wave Hires Two Managers & Digital Exec; Legacy Agency Founder Jordan Bazant Moves To WME
Primary Wave Entertainment, the company formed from the amalgam of Evolution Entertainment Partners, Intellectual Artists Group and Primary Wave Music, has beefed up its lit, digital and comedy ranks with three new hires. Manager Brett Etre, digital executive Lauren Fortner and manager Tatiana Sarah all start immediately, based in Los Angeles. Etre joins after 12 years of running his own banner, BE Management, representing TV, film and digital talent including Gotham… Read
Jon Huddle Leaving UTA To Start Fourth Wall Management
EXCLUSIVE: Longtime UTA agent Jon Huddle is leaving to start his own management firm, Fourth Wall Management. The exit is an amicable one, and Huddle’s company will rep film and TV writers and directors, featuring those he repped at the agency. Huddle’s colleague Halle Lucas is also leaving UTA to join him. Huddle spent a decade at UTA, after starting in the William Morris Agency mailroom and then ICM.
Huddle has a big list of working writers and directors whom he’ll… Read
Paula Patton & Mike Epps Sign With Primary Wave Entertainment
Paula Patton and actor-comedian Mike Epps have inked with Primary Wave Entertainment, the company formed from the amalgam of Evolution Entertainment Partners, Intellectual Artists Group and Primary Wave Music.
Patton most recently appeared in Universal’s Warcraft and Adam Sandler’s Netflix comedy The Do-Over. Credits also include Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol alongside Tom Cruise, Baggage Claim and Jumping the Broom.
Epps stars as Richard Pryor in the… Read
WME Buys Tastemaker Lit Agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett
WME has acquired the well-regarded boutique lit agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett (RWSG) Literary Agency. The agency, run by Sylvie Rabineau and Jill Holwager Gillett, has been a wellspring of tasteful material that formed the basis for the upcoming films The Girl On The Train, The Snowman, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and such TV projects as The Leftovers, Olive Kitteridge, and the upcoming Berlin Station.
Rabineau (whose husband… Read
UTA Signs UK Multi-Hyphenate Phoebe Waller-Bridge
EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of her latest project’s American debut, UTA has signed actress, comedian, director and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge after a very competitive pursuit. Currently seen on E4’s Crashing, which she created and writes for, the multi-hyphenate next will be seen in her comedy series Fleabag, which debuts September 16 in the U.S. on Amazon Prime. Created and written by Waller-Bridge based on her Edinburgh Fringe Festival-winning one-woman show, Fleabag premiered… Read
No Decision Yet On Status Of UTA Vs. CAA Agent Poaching Suit
Nearly a year and a half after UTA grabbed five senior CAA comedy agents in what the latter called an "illegal" snatching, the two uber-agencies battled it out again in a Santa Monica courtroom today — but neither scored the desired TKO.
Despite the best efforts on the part of lawyers for both sides, there was no ruling on whether the case will stay in open court or be shifted to arbitration as CAA wants. LA Superior Court Judge Nancy Newman said Friday that she wanted… Read
CAA Promotes Three To Sports Division And Names New Agent In TV
Creative Artists Agency has promoted four trainees to agent or executive in its sports and TV divisions.
Robbie Cohen and Jesse Tomares have been upped to execs in CAA Sports Consulting, which advises, manages and activates on more than $2.5 billion in sponsorship rights deals on behalf of 30 global brands. Ashley Feagan has been promoted to agent in CAA Sports' Talent Sales group, where she will work closely with the agency's basketball clients. That division reps more… Read
WME Signs Director Sarah Adina Smith Ahead Of Toronto Fest
WME has signed up-and-coming filmmaker Sarah Adina Smith, whose film Buster’s Mal Heart will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which Smith wrote and directed, stars Mr. Robot Emmy nominee Rami Malek in his first film lead. Smith also wrote and directed The Midnight Swim, which earned her a Breakthrough Audience Award at the AFI Festival, where the film premiered to critical raves.
Buster’s Mal Heart co-stars Kate Lyn Sheil (The Girlf… Read
Ovitz, Meyer & CAA Treat Themselves To Churchill-Style Selective History Lesson In ‘Powerhouse’
"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it," runs the amended version of a thought once voiced by Winston Churchill. Michael Ovitz, Ron Meyer and friends must have had Churchill in mind when they decided to collaborate with James Andrew Miller on his massive oral history of the Creative Artists Agency, Powerhouse CAA: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency. It was published Tuesday by William Morrow's Custom House imprint.
To be fair, the… Read
Gersh Agency Taps Darah Wagner As VP Global Television
Marking its expansion into international TV packaging, The Gersh Agency has named Darah Wagner Vice President, Global Television Media and Packaging.
In her new role, the former Electus International executive will be responsible for generating and packaging global television content across scripted, non-scripted, alternative and digital platforms by collaborating with broadcasters, content creators and producers worldwide. She will report to agency partner and… Read