WME | IMG Acquires Boutique Agency Dixon Talent, Home Of Stephen Colbert, Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel & Jon Stewart
WME | IMG has acquired Dixon Talent Inc., James Dixon's boutique firm that represents some of the top late-night and comedic talent, including Stephen Colbert, Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Simmons and Jon Stewart.
Dixon Talent Inc. will continue to run as an autonomous entity with Dixon serving in his current role. For more than a decade, since he launched New York-based Dixon Talent in 2001, James Dixon has managed to stay independent and keep his clients as their… Read
Trio Exit Circle Of Confusion To Form New Management/Production Company
Literary managers Britton Rizzio, Noah Rosen and Greg Shephard have split from Circle of Confusion to form their own management and production firm, Writ Large. They still are locking in clients who will follow them to the new firm.
"We are extremely grateful for our time at Circle of Confusion," the three said in a statement. "Forming Writ Large came from the desire to create a community of artists and to unite our skills as managers and producers."
Rizzio began her… Read
‘Smash’ Creator Theresa Rebeck Signs With ICM Partners
ICM Partners has signed TV writer and prolific playwright Theresa Rebeck. She was with CAA. In addition to creating the NBC Broadway-themed drama Smash, Rebeck’s series credits include Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, and Third Watch, Law And Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. Her produced feature films include Harriet The Spy, Gossip, and the indies Sunday On The Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play, The Scene. She recently directed her… Read
UTA Signs ‘Unexpected’ Director Kris Swanberg – Sundance
Unexpected writer-director Kris Swanberg has signed with UTA. The film, starring Cobie Smulders and Anders Holm, follows a high school teacher and student who both find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. It had its world premiere yesterday at the Library Center Theatre in Park City. David Kaplan from Animal Kingdom and Andrea Roa from Dark Arts are repping the pic at Sundance.
Swanberg also wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film It Was Great, But I Was Ready To C… Read
Denise Richards & Francia Raisa Sign With Abrams Artists Agency
Denise Richards and Francia Raisa have new reps as Abrams Artists Agency has inked them both. Richards most recently starred on the ABC Family series Twisted, and her recent TV credits also include Lifetime telepic Fatal Acquittal, Anger Management, 30 Rock, Blue Mountain State and Kickin’ It. She also has appeared in such features as Scary Movie 3, The World Is Not Enough and Wild Things. She continues to be managed by LINK.
Raisa was a regular on ABC Family’s The Secret… Read
J.B. Smoove Signs With UTA
UTA has signed actor-writer-comedian J.B. Smoove. He was previously at WME. Smoove is known for his roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Clear History, The Dictator, Hall Pass and We Bought A Zoo. He most recently appeared in Chris Rock’s Top Five, co-starred on CBS’ The Millers and hosted the latest revival of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Smoove continues to be managed by Rick… Read
‘She’s Lost Control’ Director Anja Marquardt Signs With UTA
EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed German-born filmmaker Anja Marquardt hot off of the success of her directorial debut She’s Lost Control, which hits screens via Monument Releasing on March 20. Inspired by an article about Japanese “caretaker” robots, Marquardt wrote, produced, and directed the story of an emotionally guarded sex surrogate that debuted at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for the Best First Feature Award. Marquardt won the Berlinale Forum’s C.I.C.A.E… Read
Primary Wave, Intellectual Artists Merge Management Labels
Independent music marketing, talent management, and music publishing house Primary Wave has officially merged its talent division with Intellectual Artists Management to form a new multiplatform music, film, TV, and literary management company. The new entity will run under the direction of Primary Wave co-CEOs Larry Mestel, CEO and founder of Primary Wave Music, David Guillod, CEO and founder of Intellectual, and Mark Burg, CEO and founder of Evolution, who will serve as… Read
‘Suits’ Creator Aaron Korsh Signs With ICM Partners
In a competitive situation, ICM Partners has signed Aaron Korsh, creator, executive producer and showrunner of USA Network’s hit legal drama Suits.
Korsh had been in play since last summer when his long-time agent, Dennis Kim, left the now defunct Resolution and switched to management, joining Bungalow | Storied Media Group. Kim continues to rep Korsh, now as a manager, while the writer-producer met with several agencies looking for new representation.
Suits, starring… Read
WME | IMG Buys Videogame Rep Firm Global eSports Management
Sports and entertainment talent agency WME | IMG just made a bet on eSports — competitions between professional video game players. The company bought Global eSports Management, which it calls “an international full-service eSports talent agency that manages clients across the professional gaming industry.” The firm, founded in 2003, develops sponsorship and marketing for players, commentators, and events.
eSports are particularly popular in South Korea, and are… Read
Abrams Artists Agency Adds 2 Agents To Start Lit Department In Los Angeles
Abrams Artists Agency is establishing a lit representation business in Los Angeles with the hire of Paul Weitzman and Brad Rosenfeld of Preferred Artists Agency. The two are bringing a roster of writers, directors and producers that includes Becky Mann and Audra Sielaff (The McCarthys, Modern Family, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Julia Ruchman (Odyssey, Covert Affairs) as well as directors Eric Dean Seaton, Shannon Flynn, Adam Weissman, Jody Hahn, Trevor Kirschner… Read
Michael Crichton Works To Be Repped By ICM Partners
ICM Partners has taken on representing the Michael Crichton library in all areas. The agency will handle the majority of the titles — a couple are currently tied up — working closely with Crichton’s widow Sherri Crichton and licensees of rights. There also will be a focus on unknown and unpublished works as well as the exploitation of books and other material that have not yet been adapted to the screen.
Crichton, whose life was cut short by cancer in 2008, was a prolific… Read