CAA Signs ‘Patti Cake$’ Star Danielle Macdonald
EXCLUSIVE: Just under a month after Fox Searchlight picked up Patti Cake$ for $9.5 million at the Sundance Film Festival, Danielle Macdonald, the breakout star of the crowd-pleasing coming-of-age dramedy, signed with uber-agency CAA.
Just finalized this morning, this marks the first Hollywood agency representation for the 25-year-old Australian, who has worked agentless the past six years. All the major agencies were vying for Macdonald, who had been taking meetings over… Read
Corrine Aquino Joins Rain Management Group
Rain Management Group has brought on industry vet Corrine Aquino as a manager.
Aquino, who was with the Mission Entertainment, began her career in entertainment working in the Motion Picture Literary department at CAA. She then segued to Bad Robot before moving back to NY to work in international sales at FilmNation Entertainment.
A New York native, Aquino initially worked as a real estate tax accountant for Ernst & Young in Times Square for 2 1/2 years before moving to… Read
Pantheon Signs Tamar Braxton, Christian Keyes, Three More For Representation
Pantheon has signed Tamar Braxton (Braxton Family Values), Christian Keyes (Saints and Sinners), Sean Dominic (Greenleaf), Tobias Truvillion (Empire), and Nealla Gordon (Star) for representation.
Multi-Grammy- and Emmy-nominated Braxton currently stars on the hit WEtv series Braxton Family Values, which is going into its sixth season. Her spin-off series Tamar & Vince is going into its fifth season on WETv. Braxton also co-hosted two seasons of syndicated talk show The Rea… Read
Nick Cannon Signs With CAA Amid ‘America’s Got Talent’ Exit
EXCLUSIVE: Nick Cannon is making another major career change. The multi-hyphenate, who announced on Monday morning that he was leaving America's Got Talent after allegedly being threatened with termination by NBC over an AGT- and NBC-related racial joke in his new Showtime stand-up special, also is changing agencies. Cannon and his production company, Ncredible Entertainment, have signed with CAA. He was previously at ICM Partners.
The decision comes after a tumultuous… Read
WME Partner Lisa Harrison Exiting Agency Business
After 16 years at WME as a scripted television agent, Lisa Harrison has decided to leave the agency business.
Currently a WME partner focused on TV lit and comedy, Harrison — who is well respected in the industry — played an integral role setting up series including The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Without A Trace, The Vikings, as well as upcoming Big Mouth and Girl Boss.
Harrison joined WME predecessor Endeavor in 2001. Before that she worked as a comedy scout and… Read
Joe Biden Signs With CAA
Now that they’ve left the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden and wife Dr. Jill Biden have signed with CAA to support and amplify their work in public policy. The agency will rep the Bidens across all areas, helping to build upon their work to improve the lives of Americans and others around the world.
"Jill and I remain more dedicated than ever to addressing the critical issues of the day, and we see in CAA a shared passion and shared values that are at the core… Read
‘La La Land’s Ryan Gosling Signs With CAA, First Time With Major
Ryan Gosling has signed with CAA, a move that brings him fully into the major agency star factory for the first time. Bryan Lourd brought him in. Gosling, soaring off his Oscar nominated turn in the Best Picture front runner La La Land, hasn’t had an agent since 2013, when his longtime rep Ilene Feldman folded her IFA shingle and became a manager at LBI Entertainment. She continues to manage him along with Anonymous Content’s Carolyn Govers.
This comes as Gosling… Read
ICM Partners Acquires Headline Media To Set Broadcasting Division; Savannah Guthrie & Wolf Blitzer Among New Clients
ICM Partners is getting back in the business of representing news and sports on-air talent and producers with the acquisition of Lou Oppenheim and Michael Glantz’s boutique New York-based firm Headline Media Management. The company’s clients who will now be repped by ICM Partners, include Today anchor Savannah Guthrie as well as Chris Berman, Wolf Blitzer, Mike Golic, Kevin Harlan, Mike Emrick, John Berman, Tom Jackson, Brad Nessler, Keith Hernandez, Brianna Keilar, Ryan… Read
WME Signs ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ Star Chanté Adams
EXCLUSIVE: WME has just signed Chanté Adams, the star of the Sundance film Roxanne Roxanne. All the agencies courted Adams after they saw her play Roxanne Shanté in Michael Larnell's biopic Roxanne Roxanne, opposite Mahershala Ali and Nia Long. WME Global sold the film to Neon, which will release it later this year.
Adams was awarded with the 2017 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Performance. It’s the first professional job for the 22-year-old since she came… Read
UTA Scraps Usual Oscar Party; Plans Rally For Refugees Instead
UPDATE: UTA’s party cancellation has certainly pleased one client. Per the agency, Iranian helmer Asghar Farhadi, who in the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban said he won’t be coming to see if his film The Salesman wins the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, texted the agency his reaction from Tehran after UTA scrapped its party in favor of a pro-immigration rally. Per the agency, Farhadi said that he is “honored and in tears."
PREVIOUS: UTA, which like fellow… Read
Ari & Patrick Get Political As WME | IMG Forms PAC
When you represented the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host who is now the President of the United States and your Chicago Mayor brother was Chief of Staff to the previous POTUS, politics is never really at arm’s length. Now WME | IMG bosses Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell have decided to put their money in the arena.
“No matter what side of the aisle you sit on or where you live in the world, the call for meaningful and sustained civic engagement is louder than ever,” said… Read
Josh Pearl Joins CAA As Motion Picture Talent Agent
Josh Pearl has moved from ICM Partners where he has been an agent for the past eight years to CAA and will relocate from New York to the talent agency’s Los Angeles offices. It’s unclear which clients Pearl will take with him at this point. He has about 20 clients though and some are multi-hypenates with acting/directing and writing talents. For the agency, the latest hire in the motion picture division comes after three substantial signings over the past month in the… Read