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Robert Rovner Signs With CAA

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Robert Rovner has signed with CAA. He has moved from UTA. Rovner is a co-executive producer on drama series Blood & Oil, premiering this fall on ABC. Previously, he was an exec producer on TNT’s Dallas, and co-ran the ABC drama series Private Practice. He continues to be managed by Larry Shuman at The Shuman Company. His attorney is Bob Myman at Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox… Read

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Gersh Expands Production Department With Two New Hires

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EXCLUSIVE: Gersh has brought on Pattie Sueoka to the commercial production division, supporting below-the-line talent for spots, music videos and branded content, and Tara Kromer to handle below-the-line talent for features and television in the New York office. The moves comes in the wake of several additions that the agency has made this year as it continues to bolster its operations in the company’s production, branding, digital, and alternative departments. After… Read

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Naomie Harris, 007’s Moneypenny, Signs With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed actress Naomie Harris. In Skyfall, she shot and nearly killed James Bond and became Moneypenny, a role she reprises in the upcoming Spectre. Harris played Winnie Mandela in Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom. She just wrapped Our Kind Of Traitor, playing the female lead opposite Ewan McGregor, and Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros. Harris continues to be repped by Untitled, Melanie Cook and Jamie Afifi of Ziffren Brittenham, and Angharad Wood in… Read

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PR Firm Falco Ink Names Annie McDonough Vice President

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Film, TV and digital public relations firm Falco Ink has promoted seven-year company veteran Annie McDonough to VP, the company said today. McDonough, who joined Falco Ink in 2007, has managed several successful PR campaigns including for Still Alice, for which Julianne Moore received an Academy Award; the Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me; Robert Kenner's Merchants Of Doubt; Penn and Teller's Tim's Vermeer; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon. “Annie McDonough has been… Read

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Anne Heche Inks With Paradigm

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Anne Heche has signed with Paradigm. The actress-producer-writer has been busy on both sides of the camera, most recently starring on USA Network’s event series Dig and in last year’s Lionsgate actioner Wild Card toplined by Jason Statham. She currently is developing Icon, a potential series at NBC, with producing partner James Tupper and Cindy Crawford. The project centers on the modeling industry in the late 1970s and early ’80s. She previously co-created, executive… Read

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ICM Partners Agent Craig Bernstein Making Jump To UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: It doesn’t feel like a lot is happening in movies, but the movement of agents continues. Craig Bernstein, a longtime below-the-line agent at ICM Partners, is in the process of making a jump to UTA. There are plenty of clients in the mix here (they operate under the radar, but make a lot of money), and there is Anthony McCarten and Lisa Bruce. He wrote the script for the Oscar-winning Stephen and Jane Hawking film The Theory Of Everything, and they produced the… Read

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UTA Amps Its Music Talent Business With Help From New Investor

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UTA has just became a headliner in the music talent business by acquiring The Agency Group, the largest independent. In conjunction with the deal, activist hedge fund manager Jeffrey Ubben of ValueAct Capital Management made a personal minority investment in UTA joining the board as a non-voting member. After adding TAG to UTA’s music business, the agency’s client list includes household names such as Kanye West, Mariah Carey, The Black Keys, Nickelback, Guns 'N Roses… Read

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APA Sued For Poaching Clients From Commercials Agency

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Now it’s APA’s turn on the hot seat. Less than five months after CAA sued UTA over agent-poaching allegations, the Agency for the Performing Arts finds itself on the business end of a lawsuit that claims it swiped scores of clients from an agency that reps adults and kids for commercials. In a suit filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), 30-year-old L.A. Talent claims an APA “raid of nearly 20% of LA Talent’s approximately 500 commercial clients… Read

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ICM Partners Makes Changes In Digital Division, Hires Jonathan Perelman From BuzzFeed As New Head

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ICM Partners has hired Jonathan Perelman, a former VP of Motion Pictures at BuzzFeed, to head the agency's digital initiatives and to expand the agency's business of repping digital content creators. His hiring displaces Keyvan Peymani who was brought aboard from Warner Bros. in 2012 to head up the division. Perelman starts today. Peymani, according to the agency, “will continue in his role as senior advisor to the ICM Partners Board in connection with ongoing… Read

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ICM Partners Names Michael Kagan Head Of International Television & Media

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Michael Kagan has been promoted to head of international television at ICM Partners. He will succeed veteran Greg Lipstone, who left last week to become CEO of longtime client All3Media America. Kagan has been a rising star at ICM since joining the agency in 2003 when he started in the mailroom before being promoted to agent in International Television and Media. He was named a partner after the 2012 management buyout and is getting the promotion to head of international… Read