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NPR Inks With Bungalow|Storied Media Group To Help Tell Its Tales

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EXCLUSIVE: NPR has inked a deal with Bungalow | Storied Media Group to represent it for feature film and TV development, finance and distribution. The nonprofit is the latest media outlet to join up with Bungalow | SMG, which already reps the likes of the New York Times, 60 Minutes, Smithsonian Enterprises, New York Magazine, Emmis Publishing, the McClatchy Newspaper Group and The New Republic. This marks the first time NPR has aligned itself with a rep in the Hollywood… Read

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Emmy Winner Bradley Whitford Inks With ICM Partners

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EXCLUSIVE: Bradley Whitford, an Emmy winner for The West Wing and then most recently for Amazon’s Transparent last year, has signed with ICM Partners for representation. On the film side, he most recently appeared in Sony Pictures Classics’ Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light opposite Tom Hiddleston, which bowed in March. Whitford is next up playing Hubert Humphrey in HBO’s LBJ movie All The Way, which debuts May 21. Also in the can: Netflix's Sundance pic Other… Read

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Nicolas Billon Signs With The Alpern Group; Rizwan Manji Inks At Abrams Artists Agency

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Playwright and screenwriter Nicolas Billon has signed with the Alpern Group. His first play Elephant Song debuted at the Stratford Festival in Ottawa, and he scripted its 2014 film adaptation starring Bruce Greenwood, Catherine Keener and Carrie-Anne Moss. Billon won Canada’s prestigious Governor-General’s Award for Drama for his 2013 stage trilogy Fault Lines. He also is set to write for Season 3 of X Company, a period spy thriller that airs on CBC in Canada. Rizwan Manji… Read

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Vine Star Amanda Cerny Signs With CAA

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Actress, model and social media star Amanda Cerny has signed with CAA for representation in all areas. Cerny’s comedic videos, regularly centering around what women go through on a day-to-day basis, have earned her millions of followers on social media, including 4.5M on Vine, 4M on Instagram, 3.5M Facebook fans, along with millions of Snapchat views. As an actress, Cerny recurs on Comedy Central's Adam DeVine's House Party and recently guest-starred on HBO’s Hello… Read

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UTA Scores Win Over CAA In Agent-Poaching Suit; Escapes Punitive Damages

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UPDATED with CAA statement: Just over a year after UTA snared five senior CAA comedy agents and a number of their clients, the subsequent legal battle took another turn – one that was very good for UTA. While CAA seek punitive damages from its former agents Greg McKnight and Greg Cavic and also can file another amended complaint, the agency can't go after the other agency for any such damages nor attorney's fees at this stage. I’ve learned that next amended complaint from… Read

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Manager George Heller Joins Brillstein Entertainment Partners

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Literary/talent manager George Heller has joined Brillstein Entertainment Partners. For the past five years, Heller led the Los Angeles management operations of Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle. Before that, he was a manager at Principato-Young. Heller will bring all of his clients with him to BEP. The list includes Randall Green (Scooby Doo), Seth Owen (Peepers), Adam Perlman (The Good Wife, Billions), Johnny Rosenthal (Bad Santa 2), Rebecca Drysdale (Key & Peele, Ba… Read

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Actress Bella Thorne Signs With CAA

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Bella Thorne, the onetime Disney Channel star who has been branching out fast into features as both an actress and producer, has signed with CAA. The move comes as she just finished filming Midnight Sun opposite Patrick Schwarzenegger, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween and The Babysitter with Robbie Amell and directed by McG. On the TV side, her Freeform pilot Famous in Love, adapted by Marlene King, has landed a series order. Her recent credits include the SXSW pic Sho… Read

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Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson Inks With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed three-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, whose most recent credit is Quentin Tarantino’s Cinemascope Western The Hateful Eight, which earned him his ninth Oscar nomination. He just wrapped production on Ben Affleck’s Live by Night for Appian Way and Warner Bros. Richardson won Oscars for Oliver Stone’s JFK and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and Hugo. His credits also include Stone’s Platoon and Born on the Fourth of… Read

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Oscar Winner Dustin Lance Black Signs With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed writer-producer-director Dustin Lance Black, who won the Original Screenplay Oscar in 2009 for penning Milk. He most recently created and wrote the upcoming seven-episode ABC event series When We Rise, about the gay rights movement. He will also direct the final two episodes, with Milk helmer Gus Van Sant, Dee Rees and Thomas Schlamme also taking helming duties. Black’s credits include writing J Edgar starring Leonardo DiCaprio and helmed by… Read

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CAA Boosts Marketing Unit With Promotions & Hires

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CAA has established a new leadership structure for its marketing services, creating unspecified new positions for Jay Brooker, Tony Fur, Todd Hunter and Lori Tabb. The quartet will oversee teams of marketing executives and creatives across dedicated disciplines, the agency said today. "We're growing. We have more brand clients doing a greater range of work than ever before," said Jae Goodman, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Head of CAA Marketing. "This group of… Read

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‘Angry Birds’ Director Fergal Reilly Inks With UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: Fergal Reilly, who is making his directorial debut co-helming The Angry Birds Movie, has signed with UTA. The Irishman is a longtime storyboard artist with credits including Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and its sequel as well as head of story at Sony Pictures Animation. Those credits also include Spider-Man 2, which he boarded after Sam Raimi ID’d his ability to blend comedy and action elements. As storyboard supervisor… Read

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‘Star Wars’ Star Mark Hamill Signs With Industry Entertainment

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Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill has signed with Industry Entertainment where he will be managed by partner Dan Spilo. This is the first time in awhile that Hamill has taken in theatrical representation as for the past two decades, he had done primarily voice-over work. That changed recently as Hamill returned to studio movies in a big way, reprising his star-making role as Luke Skywalker from the original Star Wars trilogy in the blockbuster new installment Star Wars: Episod… Read