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Paradigm Signs Swedish Helmers Off Hot Short ‘Reset’


Paradigm emerged from a competitive situation by signing Markus Kryler & Fredrik Akerstrom, the Swedish writer-director team that made a splash on these shores with a short called Reset (watch it above). That short, unveiled here at Cannes, has studios and producers buzzing about its trippy story line and compelling visuals. These well-executed short films have become the best possible calling card for new talent to crack Hollywood. Jon Kanak is their manager. The duo… Read


SXSW Helmers Jordan Galland & Oren Shai Sign With Gersh

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Writer-directors Jordan Galland and Oren Shai have signed with the Gersh Agency. Galland most recently wrote and directed the mystery thriller Ava's Possession, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW film festival. Galland's previous films include Alter Egos and Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Undead. A prolific song writer, his songs have been featured in such films as Day Of The Dead, 21, Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, and HBO's The Neistat Brothers. He's managed by Dan… Read


Danielle Fishel & Ibrahim Ashmawey Sign With Industry Entertainment; Underground Inks Alex Karpovsky

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Producing partners Danielle Fishel and Ibrahim Ashmawey have signed with Industry Entertainment for talent and literary projects. They are developing projects for the TV, feature and online markets. Fishel played Topanga Lawrence on the long-running series Boy Meets World and reprised the role for Girl Meets World, which premiered last year. She also hosted The Dish. Ashmawey produced, acted in and co-wrote the 2014 film Boiling Pot, which starred Fishel. He also is a… Read


Alchemy Taps Execs For Tech & Operations Units; APA Signs ‘Gigi’s Bucket List’ EP Zach Golden

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Alchemy has bolstered its technology and operations divisions with the hiring of Jerry McGlynn as Chief Technology Officer and promotion of Jim Jenkins to EVP Operations. Daniel Quantz also has joined the company, which recently rebranded from Millennium Entertainment, as VP Operations. All of Alchemy's IT and operations will be centralized under the three execs, who will work to develop its existing digital platform and lead strategic operational growth. APA has signed Za… Read


Grandview Ups Zac Frognowski To Manager – Cannes

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Grandview, the management company whose launch was announced at about this time last year by former CAA agent Matt Rosen, manager Jeff Silver and producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, has upped Zac Frognowski to manager. It marks the first internal promotion for the outfit since opening doors with the aim of repping writers, filmmakers, and TV producers across multi-genres and mediums. Frognowski, who came over with Silver from Fourth Floor Productions when Grandview launched… Read


WME Adds Two New Hip-Hop Music Agents To NYC Office


A former William Morris trainee is coming back to the crib, and he's not returning alone. Turning up the volume on its music division, WME today brought Peter Schwartz and James Rubin onboard for its NYC office. Representing talent such as the critically acclaimed Run the Jewels, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, Yelawol and the legendary Cypress Hill, the duo join WME from the Agency Group. "Peter and James are known for their keen eye for talent and their… Read


ICM Partners Signs Rebecca Ferguson, Female Lead In ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’


Rebecca Ferguson, who’s preparing to hit the big screen in movies starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, has signed with ICM Partners. The Euro actress is the female lead in Paramount’s tentpole sequel Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which opens July 31, and is filming director Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins, which stars Streep as the titular heiress who dreams of being an opera star but simply can’t sing. Ferguson recently wrapped the lead in indie Cold War… Read


UTA Signs TV Comedy King Chuck Lorre


Top comedy showrunner Chuck Lorre has signed with UTA. Lorre had been without formal agency representation since his longtime agent, Bob Broder, left ICM Partners in 2012 to run Lorre’s production company. In renewing his blockbuster overall deal with Warner Bros. TV in 2012 for four more years, Lorre gave strong indications that he wanted to expand his footprint into other areas, including features, cable TV, digital media and theatre, something he has started to explore… Read


Three Exit First Artists Management To Set Up New Agency


In a shakeup of the talent agency world specializing in film and TV composers, Robert Messinger has bolted First Artists Management and taken two of his colleagues with him to form Fortress Talent Management. Messinger, who had been a partner and co-owner of First Artists, will be joined in the new venture by former First Artists agents Rich Jacobellis and Randy Gerston. The agency confirmed the departures but declined further comment. Oscar winners Howard Shore, Mychael… Read


ICM Partners Launches TV Production Department Run By Sean Freidin & Janet Carol Norton

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ICM Partners has formed a new unit within its television department dedicated to servicing the agency’s TV directors, producers — including line producers and director-producers — and composers. The Television Production Department will be overseen by longtime agents Sean Freidin and Janet Carol Norton. It has a coordinator on board, and there will likely be additional staffing with the hire of outside agents as the department is looking to boost its client ranks and… Read


Tony! Nominations! Put Ads (And Even Some Artists!) In Broadway’s Spotlight!


Enough talk (for the moment at least) about who and what didn't get Tony nominations earlier this week. Let's turn to some who did. Each year, the announcement of nominees is accompanied by a list of shows according to the number of nominations they got, all the better to establish bragging rights. So we know that two new musicals, An American In Paris and Fun Home, led the category with 12 nominations each, while The King And I had the most among musical revivals, with… Read