Zachary Levi Inks With UTA
Zachary Levi, who starred in Disney’s Tangled and NBC’s revival series Heroes Reborn, has moved from CAA to UTA.
Perhaps best known for starring as the title character for five seasons on NBC’s Chuck, Levi next will co-star opposite Anna Paquin and Sarah Gadon in the forthcoming Netflix and CBC miniseries Alias Grace, slated for release in 2017. In addition, he will be reprising his role as Flynn Rider alongside Mandy Moore for the television revamp Tangled: The Series… Read
TV Lit Agent Renee Kurtz Departs CAA To Become Manager At Principato-Young
Seasoned TV literary agent Renee Kurtz is switching to management. Kurtz is leaving CAA to join leading management and production company Principato-Young Entertainment where she will be a senior level manager. She is starting at the beginning of January 2017, right after the holidays.
Kurtz joined CAA in 2009 from WMA in the fallout of the WMA-Endeavor merger. She has been the longtime TV agent for top comedy writer-director-producer Paul Feig (Ghostbusters, Spy) who… Read
‘Monster’s Ball’ Scribe Milo Addica Inks With APA
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Milo Addica, who earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing the Halle Berry movie Monster’s Ball that won her the Academy Award, has signed with APA. He’s next up directing his original screenplay Open Space, being produced by Dean Nichols.
Addica’s writing credits include the 2003 Nicole Kidman starrer Birth and James Marsh's The King in 2005 with Gael Garcia Bernal and Paul Dano.
Addica continues to be repped by manager Oren Segal and attorneys… Read
Paradigm Signs Writer-Producer Paul Guyot
Paradigm has signed Paul Guyot, a writer-producer who most recently penned The Black 22s. The drama for National Geographic and A&E is based on the true story of a brilliant African-American detective and one of America's first all-black police squads in St. Louis. Guyot will executive produce along with David Oyelowo and John Rogers, and Bharat Nalluri is attached to direct.
Guyot’s credits also include co-executive producer on The Librarians and co-producer on Leverage, … Read
Paris Barclay Signs With ICM Partners
Emmy winner and DGA president Paris Barclay has signed with ICM Partners. The veteran director-producer was previously at Paradigm.
Barclay serves as an executive producer on the freshman Fox drama series Pitch, for which he has directed multiple episodes, including the pilot. He previously served as executive producer and director on Kurt Sutter's FX drama series Sons of Anarchy and The Bastard Executioner, helming the pilot for the latter. He also directed multiple… Read
James Franco Signs With UTA
EXCLUSIVE: James Franco has a new agency home. The busy multihyphenate and Oscar-nominated actor has signed with UTA.
His longtime rep Kami Putnam-Heist left CAA last month for a manager role at Anonymous Content, putting Franco into play. WME and UTA had been vying for his services, and the latter won out. He’ll be repped by a team of agents at UTA, while Putnam-Heist continues to manage him.
The prolific actor-director-writer-producer-author has worked on slew of… Read
CAA Hires Random House Exec To Boost Book Launches
Kate Childs has joined CAA in a newly created position within the agency’s Books department to create unique live events for client book releases. Formerly Director of Special Events at Random House, she will be based in CAA's New York office.
At Random House, Childs spearheaded the conceptualizing and executing of one-of-a-kind experiences behind book launches, from exclusive author luncheons to large-scale fan retreats. The plan is to do the same for CAA clients: Childs… Read
Spencer Baumgarten Lands At ICM Partners, As Partner In Lit Department
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has just sent out the internal announcement that makes it official: Spencer Baumgarten has joined the agency as a partner, bringing the agent and his clients to the lit department. This follows his exit today from CAA, where he spent 12 years. It isn’t clear yet which clients Baumgarten will be bringing with him, and there will be the inevitable scrum as CAA tries to keep them in the fold, while rivals including WME and UTA try to entice… Read
Writer David Gleeson Joins Paradigm; UTA Signs ‘Moonlight’ Actor Ashton Sanders
Paradigm has signed writer David Gleeson, moving him from CAA. Gleeson is currently writing and execu producing Paramount’s 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with Karen Rosenfelt producing. In addition to that, he is adapting the video game Metro 2033 for De Luca Productions and producer Stephen L’Heureux. His other works include Down To A Sunless Sea for Focus Features with Morgan Freeman to produce and star, End Of History for Sony with Neal Moritz producing, and Dry Ear… Read
‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Star Lee Pace Signs With WME
WME has signed Halt and Catch Fire star Lee Pace. He plays lead Joe MacMillan in AMC’s cult PC revolution drama series, which is heading into its fourth and final season. He received an Emmy nomination for his starring role in ABC’s critically praised dramedy series Pushing Daisies.
Pace next will be seen on the big screen opposite Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay in Focus Features' The Book of Henry and as a lead in the upcoming Blumhouse feature The Keeping Hours. He… Read
‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ Scribe Nicholas Martin Inks With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed writer Nicholas Martin, who penned the script for Paramount’s awards-season pic Florence Foster Jenkins, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.
Martin, who began his career writing feature pieces about his travels and contributing to British newspapers, is currently attached to write the screenplay for The Duke, a true story about Kempton Bunton, a 57-year-old bus driver and would-be playwright from… Read
Andrew McCarthy Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Andrew McCarthy, who starred opposite Joan Allen on last season’s ABC drama series The Family and has been racking up TV director credits, has signed with ICM Partners in all areas. He continues to be managed by Brian Liebman.
McCarthy has directed more than 50 hours of TV, including multiple episodes of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and NBC’s The Blacklist. His credits also include helming AMC’s Turn and Halt And Catch Fire, and Amazon’s comedy Alpha… Read