Literary Agent Helen Brann Seals Succession Deal With ICM Partners
Helen Brann, whose self-named literary agency represents such high-octane clients as Robert B. Parker and Stephen Sondheim, has completed a succession arrangement with ICM Partners that will eventually bring her writers into the ICM fold, the companies today announced jointly.
“Although at 82, I have no plans to retire from this job I love,” Brann said of the move, “I thought it important to put a plan in place to ensure the future success of my clients.” The choice of… Read
CAA Taps Time Warner Dealmaker James Burtson To Be CFO
Looks like Creative Artists Agency is still hungry to make deals. It just picked a CFO, James Burtson, who’s best known in financial circles for his work as a Time Warner SVP where he oversaw global mergers and acquisitions. He was involved with the media giant’s spin offs of Time Warner Cable, AOL and Time Inc., and purchases of content and new media properties.
He’ll move into his new job on July 13, replacing Jeff Berry, who joined CAA in 2012. In addition to his work… Read
CAA’s David “Doc” O’Connor Formally Named Madison Square Garden CEO
CAA partner David "Doc" O'Connor's new bosses as The Madison Square Garden Company have confirmed his hiring as president/CEO and set a July 15 start date. That brings to a close a 30-year run at CAA as one of the Young Turks — Richard Lovett, Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane and Jay Moloney were the other core dealmakers — who took the reins after the exits of Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer, and grew the agency into a dominant force in Hollywood and the sports business. According… Read
Harry Hamlin Signs With UTA & Management 360
Harry Hamlin (Mad Men) has a new agent and manager. The Emmy-nominated actor has signed for representation with UTA and Management 360. Hamlin was nominated for a guest actor Primetime Emmy for Mad Men and recently completed arcs on Shameless, Glee, and Rush. He currently stars in The Fourth Noble Truth which took the Audience Award at the Sonoma International Film… Read
‘Dope’ Co-Star Kiersey Clemons Signs With UTA
EXCLUSIVE: Kiersey Clemons, who stars alongside Shameik Moore and Tony Revolori in this year’s Sundance Film Festival darling Dope, has signed with UTA. Rick Famuyiwa’s feature was the focus of one of Park City’s biggest bidding battles in January — it landed with Open Road and Sony for a $7 million in minimum guarantee with a $15 million P&A. The pic opened two weeks ago wide against biggies Jurassic World and Inside Out and has grossed $11.8M domestically to… Read
Rose McGowan On Possible Blacklisting: “Bring It” She Tells ‘GMA’ — Update
UPDATE, FRIDAY, 7:55 AM: Rose McGowan told Good Morning America she doesn’t care if she’s blacklisted for tweeting what she felt was a sexist casting call announcement that she claims got her dropped from her talent agency. "I don't care, bring it," she said. "You want to to play, let's play." She also said she called out the industry because “I just want to make it better for the next girl coming after me, that she doesn’t have to sell her body and soul just because she… Read
CAA Signs ‘Silicon Valley’s Martin Starr
EXCLUSIVE: The HBO start-up satire may have ended its second season on June 14 but one of its leads has a whole new gang of friends. Martin Starr signed with CAA late last week I've learned. Formerly with UTA, the Silicon Valley actor was also most recently seen in the indie I'll See You In My Dreams with Blythe Danner. The Brett Haley pic opened at the Sundance Film Festival and then had a limited release this spring. As well as playing the cutting Bertram Gilfoyle on… Read
CAA’s David “Doc” O’Connor Taking Over At MSG
David “Doc” O’Connor was one of the young turks at CAA who helped shape the agency into the modern Hollywood superpower that it is after the exits of co-founders including Ron Meyer and Michael Ovitz. The question was always how long that core group of partners — including Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, Kevin Huvane (and the late Jay Moloney) — would stay there. Now comes word that O’Connor is going, with the native New Yorker taking a gig as CEO of Madison Square… Read
CAA Signs ‘Rosewood’ Female Lead Jaina Lee Ortiz
On the heels of landing a breakthrough role as the female lead opposite Morris Chestnut in the new Fox drama series Rosewood, up-and-coming actress Jaina Lee Ortiz has signed with CAA. She didn’t have agency representation.
Ortiz started off as a professional Salsa dancer career, touring internationally as an instructor and performer. Introduced to acting through student films, Ortiz studied under Maggie Flanigan in New York for two years, before relocating to Los Angeles… Read
WME Lands Comic Actor-Director Dax Shepard
EXCLUSIVE: Dax Shepard has signed with WME. This happens as he is preparing to direct and star in the movie version of the TV series CHiPs for Warner Bros. That film goes into production this fall, and Shepard is separately developing a show at Showtime. CHiPs will be the third film directed by Shepard, following 2010's Brother's Justice and 2012's Hit And Run. He had been repped by CAA.
Shepard most recently co-starred in the NBC series Parenthood, playing Crosby… Read
Integrated PR Adds David Lust & Maggi L. Simpson
A pair of veteran publicists have joined Integrated PR’s West Coast team. David Lust and Maggi L. Simpson bring decades of experience to IPR’s Beverly Hills HQ, with Lust most recently serving as a VP at Rogers & Cowan and Simpson working as in-house or indie publicist for companies including Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paramount Pictures. “The addition of David and Maggi to the core team at our West Coast offices expands Integrated PR’s ability to accelerate our… Read
Nigel Meiojas Officially Joins UTA After ICM Partners Exit
UPDATE, 3 PM: UTA has confirmed Deadline’s scoop that it has hired former ICM Partners talent agent Nigel Meiojas. Deadline broke the story Friday that he was exiting ICM after six years and was expected to land at UTA. The latter said today that his clients including Robert Duvall, Alexander Ludwig, Jonny Weston, Annabelle Wallis, Allen Leech, Genesis Rodriguez, Lucas Black, Kevin Zegers, Virginia Gardner, Josh Stewart, Jencarlos Canela and Alyssa Sutherland are expected… Read