‘VAYA’ Director Akin Omotoso Inks With APA; Abrams Artists Agency Signs Grandex, Inc.
APA has signed Nigerian-born director Akin Omotoso, who is fresh off the 2016 TIFF world premiere of his film Vaya. In the pic, Omotoso weaves together three separate stories to create a gripping yet compassionate portrait of small-town characters immersed in the intimidating, alluring, and dangerous world of big-city Johannesburg and Soweto, resulting in synthesis of big-city anxieties and aspirations. His other directorial credits include Man On Ground, Tell Me Sweet Som… Read
Luke Goss Inks With Link; Abrams Artists Signs Christopher Titus
Luke Goss has signed on with Link Entertainment for management. He is currently filming Stranded alongside Paula Patton, Omar Epps , Roselyn Sanchez and William Fichtner. Goss has a significant presences on the big screen and has appeared in two Guillermo Del Toro films: Blade II, the supernatural actioner with Wesley Snipes and Ron Perlman and Universals Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which also starred Perlman. He reunited with Snipes in David Goyer's independent drama Z… Read
Paradigm Signs TV Writer-Producer Rockne O’Bannon
Veteran drama series showrunner Rockne O’Bannon has signed with Paradigm. He previously was with WME.
O’Bannon is a respected genre writer who created and executive produced cult Syfy series Farscape as well as the CW’s Cult, and NBC’s Seaquest 2032. He most recently served as consulting producer on NBC’s DC drama Constantine and also has worked on ABC’s V as well as CBS’ 1980s version of The Twilight Zone and… Read
More/Medavoy Management Signs Two New Clients
EXCLUSIVE: More/Medavoy Management, the relaunched company of Erwin More and Brian Medavoy, has added Argentine actress Carla Quevedo and model/aspiring actress Emma Ferrer to its roster.
Quevedo made her acting debut in the Oscar-winning foreign film The Secret in Their Eyes. She also co-starred in Paul Haggis and David Simon’s HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero opposite Oscar Issac. Quevedo continues to be repped by Innovative Artists.
Ferrer is the granddaughter of iconic… Read
Hillary Clinton’s Going To Win, Tim Kaine Assures UTA Exec-Hosted Fundraiser
EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton may have skipped out on a couple of Hollywood fundraisers last week due to illness but her running mate was full of nothing but vigor today over the ex-Secretary of State's health and the Democratic ticket's chances in November.
"We're going to win this," Sen. Tim Kaine told an enthusiastic, deep-pocketed gathering Tuesday at UTA's Beverly Hills HQ after being introduced by the agency's managing director Jay Sures. “I’m 8-0 in elections and I… Read
‘Below Her Mouth’ Helmer April Mullen Signs With Verve – Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: Coming off the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her film Below The Mouth, writer-director April Mullen has signed with Verve. Below Her Mouth is described as a relentless love story shot entirely by an all-female crew. Mullen was also honored during the TIFF Birks Diamond Tribute to women in film. Her previous features include 88 and Dead Before Dawn 3D. With Tim Doiron, Mullen co-founded the independent production company Wango Films. Doiron also is signing… Read
Dustin Lance Black Returns To CAA
EXCLUSIVE: After only five months at William Morris Endeavor, filmmaker Dustin Lance Black is returning to Creative Artists Agency. Black scripted ABC's upcoming seven-part miniseries When We Rise, which follows a group of LGBT activists helping to pioneer the gay rights movement. He currently is adapting A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Lindbergh, with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, Kevin McCormick and Paramount Television producing.
CAA Launches Social Impact Consultancy
CAA is launching a Social Impact consulting service that will be headed by former agency marketing executive Aubree Curtis along with Judee Ann Williams, co-exec director of the CAA Foundation. They will work with public and private sector companies to develop, implement and market their philanthropic, social responsibility and cause-related initiatives.
With total spending on corporate societal engagement now roughly at $24.5 billion a year, companies are looking at this… Read
Asbury PR Now Offering Representation Of Virtual Reality Productions
As the company celebrates its 20th anniversary, Dan Harary’s Asbury PR Agency has announced it will now provide public relations and promotional services to virtual reality productions. The announcement expands Asbury’s presence in the growing Virtual Reality arena, as the company is already the PR agency of record for annual digital arts, VR, animation and visual effect conference SIGGRAPH, and also represents Cogswell College, the first in the U.S. to offer a Virtual… Read
IMG Licensing Taps Gary Krakower As VP
Gary Krakower has moved from CAA to IMG, which has hired him as VP in the Licensing group. He will be based in Los Angeles and report to Bruno Maglione, President of Licensing for IMG.
At CAA, Krakower developed talent programs and deals for the likes of Tim McGraw, Gordon Ramsay, Shaun White and Steven Tyler. Before that he had gigs at 20th Century Fox and HIT Entertainment.
IMG's global licensing division operates across the U.S., Europe and Asia and reps corporate… Read
TV Writer-Producer Ken Sanzel Signs With ICM Partners
Veteran showrunner Ken Sanzel has signed with ICM Partners.
The former New York City cop, who was a member of the Decoy Squad in the NYC Transit Police Department, has served as executive producer/showrunner on the CBS drama series Numbers, Blue Bloods and The 2-2 and on NBC’s Ironside. He was under overall deals at CBS TV Studios and more recently at Universal TV.
Sanzel, who wrote and directed the indie feature Blunt Force Trauma starring Ryan Kwanten and Freida… Read
‘School Of Rock – The Musical’ Helmer Laurence Connor Signs With Paradigm
Busy stage director Laurence Connor has signed with Paradigm for agency representation. Connor drew critical notice with his staging of the most recent London and Broadway revivals of Les Misérables and the Broadway debut of School Of Rock — The Musical, which he’s prepping for its London opening next month at the New London Theatre. For the new Broadway season he’s handling the West End transfer of Miss Saigon, completing the trifecta of Cameron Mackintosh-produced shows… Read