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CSP Management & Henriksen Talent Join Forces; Bohemia Group Inks Canadian Actor Jonathan Emond

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Jane Henriksen has joined Mark Myers as partner of CSP Management, the recently formed management arm of Citizen Skull Productions. The former president of Henriksen Talent Management brings with her veteran actor Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Danielle Bisutti (Insidious: Chapter 2) and Adam Korson (Hot In Cleveland). Citizen Skull Citizen Skull produces films, TV and digital content and is now shooting the indie thriller The Deep End starring The Royals’ Alexandra Park and… Read

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Sundance’s ‘Other People’ Breakout JJ Totah Inks With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: JJ Totah, the young star of the Sundance Film Festival dark comedy Other People, has been scooped up by WME post-festival. Totah, who was Glee‘s youngest castmember in that show’s final season, starred alongside Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon in SNL writer Chris Kelly’s Sundance pic, about a struggling comedy writer who moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother after a breakup with his boyfriend — forcing him to live with his conservative… Read

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‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’s Evangeline Lilly Signs With UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: Evangeline Lilly has signed with UTA. The actress, best known for starring in Lost and the second and third installment of The Hobbit, aligns with the agency as she moves up to co-lead in Ant-Man And The Wasp, the sequel to Marvel’s Ant-Man. Lilly played Hope Van Dyne opposite Paul Rudd in the first film and she becomes a superhero, The Wasp, in the sequel. Lilly also starred in DreamWorks' Real Steel, and The Hurt Locker. Lilly also wrote the successful… Read

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CAA Signs Arne Duncan, Obama’s Longtime Education Secretary

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CAA has signed Arne Duncan, who resigned at the end of last year after serving as Secretary of Education since January 2009. He was one of President Obama’s longest-serving Cabinet members. During his tenure, Dunan helped to secure congressional support for Obama's investments in education — including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's $100 billion to fund 325,000 teaching jobs — increases in Pell grants, reform efforts such as Race to the Top and Investing in… Read

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Worldwide Production Agency Names Five As Partners

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EXCLUSIVE: Worldwide Production Agency has just named four agents and the company’s controller as partners in the six-year old firm. New partners are Kristen Billings, Molly Bruns, Brian Goldberg, Trevor Kossack, and Louiza Vick. This is an agency that keeps growing through acquisitions and adding agents. In 2010, founding partner Steven Jacob merged his Jacob & Kole Agency with Richard Caleel’s The Caleel Agency in 2010 to initially create WPA. Two years ago, Frank… Read

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Willow Smith Signs With UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: Willow Smith, the daughter of Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, has signed with UTA. The agency will rep her in music, touring, film, TV, digital, licensing and endorsements, among others. The signing was competitive. Smith is best known for her single “Whip My Hair” which was released in 2010. It was the best-selling debut single from a new artist that year and earning her the title of youngest artist ever in the U.S. to have a double… Read

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Literary Scout Kevin Cotter Joins Anonymous Content

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Kevin Cotter is joining Anonymous Content’s growing New York office as Director of Literary Affairs. Cotter will be exclusive to Anonymous Content and will oversee researching and identifying books, articles and other intellectual property for the company to develop and produce. Cotter most recently worked with Floren Shieh Productions in a similar role where clients include Harpo Films, The Mark Gordon Company, Disruption Entertainment, Universal Cable Productions, and… Read

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Egyptian Comic Bassem Youssef Signs With UTA And Anonymous Content

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02:  Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef , dubbed The Jon Stewart of the Arab World, speaks at the Concordia Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York on October 2, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)

EXCLUSIVE:  Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian comic, satirist, one-time cardiac surgeon and official friend of Jon Stewart, has signed with UTA and Anonymous Content. The move marks a big step up for Youssef, who rose to prominence in the days after the 2011 revolution in Egypt and first heady moments of the Arab spring. Initially appearing in a series of short webisodes financed by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris’ ONTV, Youssef’s brand of black humor and caustic wit soon… Read

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Meg Ryan Signs With Gersh; Sets Delia Ephron-Scripted ‘The Book’ As Next Directing Gig

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EXCLUSIVE: Multi-hyphenate Meg Ryan has signed with Gersh for full representation. Ryan recently completed her feature film directorial effort, Ithaca, starring in the film with Sam Shepard, Alex Nuestaetder, Hamish Linklater, Jack Quaid and Tom Hanks. The film is currently in talks for a distribution deal that will put it in theaters later this year. Ryan has her directorial follow-up set: She’s collaborating with writer Delia Ephron from an original story titled The Book… Read

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TV Writer Bob Kushell Signs With CAA

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CAA has signed veteran comedy writer-producer Bob Kushell. He most recently co-created ABC’s freshman comedy series The Muppets and served as an executive producer and showrunner until his exit in November. Kushell started his primetime writing career on HBO’s Dream On and went on to work on The Simpsons, 3rd Rock From The Sun, American Dad, Grounded For Life, Samantha Who?, and Malcolm In The Middle. He created the BBC comedy Way To Go among other series. Kushell was… Read

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Bambi Martins Relaunches The Martins Agency; Abrams Artists Agency Signs YouTube Star Andrea Brooks

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Bambi Martins is relaunching the Martins Agency as a boutique talent agency repping below-the-line talent and content providers. It represents cinematographers, production designers, costume designers, composers, line producers and content providers. Based in Santa Monica, the Martins Agency’s initial roster is a crop of previously unrepped talent including lensers Jayson Crothers (Chicago Fire), Pablo Diez (4Got10), Andres Garzas (Teaching Gardens), Brent Mata (The… Read

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John de Mol’s Talpa Media Signs With WME

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WME has signed John de Mol's Talpa Media, the production company behind such global unscripted formats as The Voice, Utopia, I Love My Country, and Dating In The Dark. In total, Talpa has created over 100 shows programmed in 180 countries. Last year Talpa was acquired by ITV Studios for $530 million in cash in a deal that could be worth as much as $1.2 billion. While Talpa has collaborated with talent agencies on packaging specific projects, WME is the first agency to… Read