UTA Snares Live Nation Exec To Run Global Music As Partner
Live Nation EVP and President of Global Talent and Artist Development David Zedeck has joined UTA, where he has been named Global Head of UTA Music, Partner and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors. He will be based Los Angeles.
At Live Nation, Zedeck oversaw the company’s global touring initiatives, focusing on acquiring talent and working on global development. He had been at CAA where he repped the likes of Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, One… Read
‘Groundhog Day’ Star Andy Karl Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Hot on the heels of his third Tony Award nomination, for his leading role in Groundhog Day, Andy Karl has signed with ICM Partners.
The role of jaded weatherman Phil Connors, originated by Bill Murray in the 1993 Harold Ramis film comedy, earlier earned Karl a Laurence Olivier Award for the musical’s London premiere run.
As Phil, Karl is “self-important, a little goofy, irrepressibly on the make, and, most important, available for rehabilitation…Karl is a… Read
Paradigm Signs Up For Los Angeles New Headquarters To Consolidate Offices
Paradigm Talent Agency has signed a long-term deal for new flagship headquarters in Los Angeles, which means that the agency’s three current locations in the city will be moving to the Wilshire and La Peer Building at 8942 Wilshire. The space includes three floors for a total of 82,886 square feet. They expect to move the agents there next Spring after some major renovations.
The current building for Paradigm is one that once housed MCA. In fact, Jules Stein had hired… Read
Jeezy, Multi-Platinum Rapper, Signs With UTA
Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum rap superstar Jeezy has signed with UTA for worldwide representation in all areas. Jeezy (born Jay Wayne Jenkins, also known as Young Jeezy, Lil' J, and Da Snowman) has sold over 5 million records worldwide and has released numerous chart-topping hits.
Jeezy's most recent studio album, Trap or Die 3, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it his third studio album to reign at the top of the chart and his seventh album to rank in the… Read
Brad Turell Joins ICM Partners To Head Corporate Communications
Former Paradigm communications boss Brad Turell has joined ICM Partners as SVP Corporate Communications. It will bring him back in the agency fold and fill the spot to be vacated by ICM Partners Head of Communication Michelle Suess, who has overseen corporate communications for the agency for the past 11 years and said last week she is exiting. She will work closely with Turell through the transition.
Turell will work with ICM Partners managing partner Chris Silbermann… Read
WME Signs Sunny Suljic, Hottest 11-Year Old Thesp In Town
EXCLUSIVE: Sunny Suljic has signed with WME, after the 11-year old created Cannes buzz starring opposite Nicole Kidman in the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed The Killing of a Sacred Deer. A24 releases the film in November.
Suljic wrapped Gus Van Sant’s next film, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, and he is shooting Jonah Hill's directorial debut Mid 90’s, which tells the story of a young boy and his skateboard buddies growing up in 1990s Los Angeles. Suljic stars opposite… Read
ICM Partners Longtime Head Of Communications Michelle Suess To Exit
ICM Partners’ Michelle Suess, who has overseen corporate communications for the agency for the past 11 years, is departing. She plans to spend more time with her family and be a stay-at-home-mom to her two young children.
ICM Partners is expected to announce a replacement soon, with Suess remaining with the agency in an advisory role throughout the transition.
Suess has overseen external and internal communications, advertising, special events and corporate philanthropy… Read
Ian Arougheti Joins ICM Partners As Agent In Comedy Department
EXCLUSIVE: Ian Arougheti has joined ICM Partners as a talent agent focusing on comedy. He moves over from Innovative Artists, where he ran the comedy department for the past six years and was an integral part of building that agency’s department. It’s not clear which clients might follow him over.
ICM Partners’ comedy department has been growing in recent years. To wit: the agency recently closed significant deals for Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres for upcoming Netflix… Read
WME Signs Writer-Director Robert Schwentke
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed writer-director Robert Schwentke. The German helmer, who directed RED, Flightplan, Allegiant and Insurgent, recently wrapped the German-language World War II thriller Der Hauptmann (The Captain).
Schwentke, who had been at CAA, will continue to be repped by LBI Entertainment and Jackoway… Read
UTA Signs ‘Dear White People’ Actor Marque Richardson
Marque Richardson, who co-starred in Justin Simien’s 2014 pic Dear White People and reprises his role as Reggie Green in the Netflix series adaption, has inked with UTA for agency representation.
Richardson next can be seen in the sorority comedy Step Sisters from Drumline helmer Charles Stone. It stars Megalyn Echikunwoke as Jamilah, an ambitious black sorority girl who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross culture lines and teach the… Read
ICM Partners Bolsters Indie & International Film Division With Hire & Promotion
ICM Partners today has hired Stay Gold Features exec Kristen Konvitz and promoted Oliver Wheeler to agent, both at the agency's Independent and International Film Department.
The ramp-up comes after department head Jessica Lacy has seen a strong year that includes the recent sale to A24 of Sean Baker's The Florida Project at Cannes in addition to repping Raoul’s Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro among others.
Konvitz was most recently the New… Read
WME Signs Oscar-Winning Screenwriter & Producer Mark Boal
EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter-producer Mark Boal has just signed with WME in all areas. The agency will rep Boal and his production company Page 1, which is overseen by former New York Times journalist Hugo Lindgren with Jonathan Leven serving as COO.
Boal most recently wrote and produced Detroit, the Kathryn Bigelow-directed period drama that will be released on August 4 by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, which has a first-look deal with Page 1. Boal produced the film with… Read