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CAA Promotes 22 Trainees During Company Retreat

CAA just announced the promotion of 22 trainees to agents today at its annual company retreat at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad. That includes two in film, three in TV, three in comedy and five in the music department. In the motion picture department, the two new talent agents are Chen Jing, who is based in the Beijing office, and Avi Wasserman, who was on the desk of Nick Styne and most recently was serving as talent coordinator. In TV, three trainees were upped… Read

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R.I.P. Jonathan Weisgal, Former CAA Agent & Indie Film Executive

I've just learned that Jonathan Weisgal, the former CAA agent who was a titan in the early days of the rise of the indie film business, passed away Sunday in Los Angeles at age 55. Weisgal, who died after a 2 1/2-year fight against pancreatic cancer, was buried in New Jersey. Many of his Hollywood colleagues saluted him today at a memorial held at The Mark in Los Angeles, where testimonials were read from industry colleagues who benefited from Weisgal’s counsel including… Read

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Thomas Gibson’s Claim Against Manager Rejected By State Labor Commission

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In another setback for former Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson, who was fired from the show last year for allegedly kicking a writer, the California Labor Commission has rejected his claim that he should not have to pay his former manager $437,950 in commissions because the former manager allegedly acted illegally as his agent in procuring his employment on the show. Gibson fired Craig Dorfman as his manager in June 2014 after Dorfman allegedly refused to cut his… Read

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Lemuel Plummer Signs With ICM Partners

Lemuel Plummer, creator and executive producer of the Preachers franchise and Living With Funny among others, has signed with ICM Partners. Plummer, CEO and President of L. Plummer Media production company, is the creator and executive producer of Preachers of L.A., Preachers of Detroit and Preachers of Atlanta on the Oxygen network, as well as Living With Funny starring Brandon T. Jackson, DeRay Davis and Michael Blackson. He also is executive producer of #TheWestbrooks… Read

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CAA Signs ‘The Game’ & ‘Being Mary Jane’ Creator Mara Brock Akil

Top TV series creator and showrunner Mara Brock Akil has signed with CAA. Brock Akil has created three series, all of which have gone the distance — comedy Girlfriends, which ran for eight seasons on UPN and the CW; its spinoff The Game, which aired for nine seasons on the CW and BET; as well as drama Being Mary Jane, now in its fourth season on BET. Brock Akil, a long-time client of ICM Partners, and her husband and frequent collaborator Salim Akil are under a big… Read

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‘Madre’ Filmmaker Aaron Burns Inks With UTA & Kaplan/Perrone

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Aaron Burns, on the heels of the SXSW world premiere of his horror film Madre, which was picked up by Netflix, has signed with UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. The pic, produced by Nicolás López and Miguel Asensio Llamas, will be available to stream at the end of this year. Starring Daniela Ramírez, Cristobal Tapia Montt, Matías Bassi and Aida Jabolin, the psychological thriller is about motherhood and the difficult circumstances that force… Read

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UTA Elevates Nine To Partner Status, Now Boasts 53 Partners

UPDATED: 10:08 AM: Oops! UTA clarified its number. The agency now boasts 53 partners, not 44 with the added nine announced today. It’s easy to lose count when you have so many of these rascals running around. And yes, WME is still trying to wrangle a headcount of their own partners. PREVIOUSLY, 10 AM: UTA has promoted nine agents to partner, with seven of the nine having started their careers in the agency mailroom. The promotions boost the company to 44 partners. Why so… Read

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CAA Signs ‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz, one of the stars of NBC’s breakout hit This Is Us, has signed with CAA. Metz, who previously was with Pantheon, got her big break when she was cast in This Is Us as Kate, one of the Big Three siblings, who had been struggling with her weight and her identity. The role has made Metz a star and landed her a Golden Globe nomination. The acclaimed family drama, which just wrapped its first season, has already been renewed for Seasons 2 and 3. Before This Is Us,… Read

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Glen Powell Signs With ICM Partners, Follows Agent Joey Stanton

EXCLUSIVE: Glen Powell, who portrayed John Glenn in the Best Picture nominee and box office hit Hidden Figures, has just followed his agent Joey Stanton over from CAA to sign with ICM Partners. Powell is probably best known for his breakout performance in Richard Linklater’s ode to college Everybody Wants Some!! Stanton joined ICM last week. Powell next will be seen next in the war film Sand Castle for Netflix, opposite Henry Cavill and Nicholas Hoult. Other Stanton… Read

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Norm Aladjem, Others Exit Levity To Start Mainstay Ent.; 35 To 40 Clients Follow

EXCLUSIVE: After a five-year run as president of Levity Entertainment Group, Norman Aladjem has left to start Mainstay Entertainment — and his longtime LEG colleagues Ray Moheet, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin are joining him as partners in the new company. Tim Honigman will also be joining the group as a manager/producer in the literary area. About  35 to 40 clients will be also be joining them. Those include Trevor Noah, Aaron McGruder, Radha Mitchell, Kim Coates, Maz… Read

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Joey Stanton Joins ICM Partners After Exiting CAA

UPDATED, Thursday, 6 PM: Joey Stanton, the talent agent who left CAA yesterday after a three-year stint, just joined ICM Partners. It’s not yet known which clients will be joining him. Stanton’s first day on the job will be tomorrow. His move to ICM comes after a number of new hires recently at the agency including senior political strategist Hannah Linkenhoker; lit agent Daniel Cohan, who moved from WME, and lit agent Spencer Baumgarten and digital agent Lex Conboy, both… Read

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UTA Bolsters Music Agent Ranks With Trio

Mike "Mike G" Guirguis, Bex Majors and Billy Wood are joining UTA’s music team. Guirguis and Majors will be based in Beverly Hills. Guirguis will focus on creating new opportunities for artists, including establishing new partnerships across all areas of entertainment and building new businesses around clients.  He previously was the founder of NiteVision Management where he managed Chris Brown, Teyana Taylor, DJ Sourmilk, and Dave Aude among others and was a member of… Read