The Black List 2014 Winners – CAA Tops Agency Leader Board
Industry giant Creative Artists Agency topped the list of agencies with the most clients on this year's Black List of the best un-produced scripts, with 19 client projects making the list of 70 scripts. That puts CAA well ahead of UTA and WME in the leader board. The totals here don't add to 70 because some projects had more than one writer represented by different agencies. As well, sharp-eyed agents will note that four scripts had no agency representation… Read
The Black List 2014 Winners – Industry Entertainment Tops Manager Leader Board
Industry Entertainment led all management companies with seven scripts by its clients among the top 70. That's a very solid 10 percent of the total, topped only by (and break out your Blackberries, you hungry manager types, to start dialing) the projects with no management company involved. In some cases, that's because the project already is being financed by a film company such as Fox or Filmnation.
Just behind Industry were Grandview, Kaplan-Perrone Entertainment and Ma… Read
Black List 2014 Gets Star Treatment In 10th Anniversary Announcement Monday
The tenth annual Black List announcement of the year's best un-produced film scripts hits tomorrow morning with a star-filled, somewhat complicated online process that will depend on YouTube, Twitter and the patience and social-media savvy of the list's many fans.
Black List founder Franklin Leonard said the process is designed to celebrate great screenwriting in a way that isn't dependent on the vagaries and motivations of an elaborate production such as a TV show, while… Read
‘St. Vincent’s Chris O’Dowd Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed actor and writer/director, Chris O'Dowd. This is a good get as O'Dowd's career is clearly on the upswing. He can currently be seen opposite Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in Golden Globe-nominated St. Vincent. His previous film credits include Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and a starring turn in The Sapphires. O'Dowd received a Tony nom earlier this year for his performance in Broadway's Of Mice And Men. He also created the Sky TV series Moone Boy… Read
‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Writer-Producer Charles Murray Inks With Paradigm
Charles Murray, a writer/co-executive producer of the FX's Sons Of Anarchy, has signed with Paradigm. Murray also is set up as a writer/co-executive producer on Kurt Sutter's upcoming FX series, The Bastard Executioner. Other TV credits include writing and producing on Criminal Minds, Castle, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Third Watch.
On the film side, Murray is directing the genre film Haunted. He also wrote, produced and directed last year's indie Things Never… Read
Eliza Bennett Signs With ICM
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed British actress and singer Eliza Bennett. The 22-year-old performer is best known for her role opposite Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany in New Line's Inkheart; she'll next appear opposite James D'Arcy on the upcoming second season of ITV crime drama Broadchurch, and also currently stars on the fifth season of Cinemax's action series Strike Back. Bennett got her screen start in 2004's The Prince and Me and followed with turns in Nanny McPhee… Read
Anna Gunn Signs With ICM Partners
ICM Partners has signed reigning Emmy winner Anna Gunn, who took the best supporting actress in a drama series trophy the last two years for her portrayal of Skylar on AMC's Breaking Bad. She was with UTA.
Gunn, whose TV resume include another cult drama, HBO's Deadwood, currently stars on the Fox limited series Gracepoint, a U.S. adaptation of the British series Broadchurch. Her feature credits include Little Red Wagon and Kevin Smith's Red State. On stage, she recently… Read
Tom Arnold Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Actor and comedian Tom Arnold has signed with ICM Partners following the closure of upstart agency Resolution. The move reunites Arnold with John Burnham, the former William Morris agent who landed the actor a role in his first film, 1992's Hero, and put him in front of James Cameron who cast him opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies. Arnold can be seen in Mike Myers' documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. He's currently filming Yahoo's… Read
‘Unbroken’s Miyavi Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar voters learned the name Miyavi over the weekend as Angelina Jolie's Best Picture contender Unbroken made its awards-season premiere. Now the Japanese rock star-turned-actor has signed with WME in all areas with a stateside crossover career in his sights.
Miyavi already is famous in his native Japan as a visual kei glam rock singer and guitarist who has released nearly a dozen albums and toured the world four times. He makes his acting debut in Universal's… Read
Stephen Dorff Signs With Paradigm
EXCLUSIVE: Actor Stephen Dorff has signed with Paradigm. Last year he moved to Resolution from Gersh to return to longtime agent David Unger, but the agency folded in October. Dorff started his career with films like The Power Of One, Judgment Night, and Backbeat in the '90s — around the time he famously had Alicia Silverstone cryin' in an Aerosmith music video. He has appeared steadily onscreen since, with credits ranging from vampire actioner Blade to John Waters' Cecil… Read
WME Trimming 100 IMG Employees Globally
Over six months after the official closing of WME and Silver Lake Partner's $2.2 billion deal to acquire IMG, the former is shedding some employees of the latter. Bosses Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell announced today that about 100 of IMG's global staff would be exiting the company. "We will be downsizing three percent of our workforce across IMG in the coming weeks," said the co-CEOs in a memo to staffers Monday (read the full memo below).
"These decisions aren't… Read
‘Mad Men’s Jared Harris Signs With ICM
EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jared Harris has signed with ICM Partners ahead of two big films in 2015, Warner Bros.' The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Fox 2000's summer horror remake Poltergeist. Harris is known for his turn as Lane Pryce on AMC's Mad Men, which nabbed him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nod. He also made a memorable mark as the menacing Moriarty of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows and built his film resume with appearances in I Shot Andy Warhol, The Curious Case… Read