Judge Backs AMC Networks Motion In Latest Battle Of ‘Walking Dead’ War
In the latest chapter of the long-running dispute over The Walking Dead revenue, a New York judge granted AMC Networks’ motion seeking permission to file supplemental materials undercutting two lawsuits by CAA and Frank Darabont.
AMC attorneys had filed a motion in order to spell out what they say are inconsistencies between the initial complaint and a subsequent suit in January. At a 15-minute hearing this afternoon in New York Supreme Court, Judge Eileen Bernsten… Read
Sony’s ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel Adds Peyton Wich; WME Signs Director Gregory Caruso – Film Briefs
Stranger Things and Mr. Mercedes actor Peyton Wich has been cast in Sony's Goosebumps 2, joining Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell, Madison Iseman, Ben O'Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Ari Sandel is developing this latest version based on the popular book series by R.L. Stine. Rob Lieber penned the screenplay for the sequel, which will open in theaters October 12. Neal H. Moritz is producing the pic under his Original Film shingle, along with… Read
Former ‘Suits’ Star Patrick J. Adams Inks With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick J. Adams, who just wrapped a seven-season run co-starring on USA Newtork’s Suits, has signed with ICM Partners. Adams earned a SAG Award nomination starring as Mike Ross opposite Gabriel Macht in the legal series, and directed several episodes including the landmark 100th.
Adams exited the series after last season along with fellow original cast member Meghan Markle. Season 8 of Suits is expected later this year.
His other credits include NBC’s… Read
UTA Goes EDM, Acquires Circle Talent Agency
UTA has acquired Circle Talent Agency, an industry-leading electronic dance music agency. The deal, the terms of which were not announced, will boost UTA Music’s reach into the emerging space with artists like Marshmello, Kaskade, Excision, Illenium and others.
UTA Music now has 90 agents in six offices. Circle’s EDM roster joins up with UTA’s which already features acts like Guns N' Roses, Muse, Post Malone, Lenny Kravitz, G-Eazy, Mariah Carey, DJ Khaled, Paramore, Die… Read
‘American Gods’ Ricky Whittle Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: In a move that is way more bottom line and big league than leap of faith, American Gods star Ricky Whittle has signed up with WME for representation in all areas, I've learned.
Just over a week after the Starz series based on Neil Gaiman's acclaimed 2001 novel kicked off work on its second season, Whittle has cleaned the decks with his now past reps at Talentworks and managers Untitled Entertainment. Throwing in his lot with the Ari Emanuel and Patrick… Read
Jay Danzi Joins WME As Partner, Brings Golf Star Jordan Spieth
Former Lagardère Sports U.S. COO and longtime sports executive Jay Danzi has joined WME as a partner. Moving to WME with Danzi will be his team including Jordan Lewites and Laura Moses as well as various consulting clients and golf star Jordan Spieth, who will be represented by both WME and IMG.
In addition to managing Spieth and continuing his work in golf and consulting, Danzi will look to cultivate new business opportunities across the entire Endeavor network.
CAA Promotes 14 To Agents During Annual Company Retreat In Carlsbad
CAA had a lot of happy trainees at its annual company retreat that is happening now at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. Fourteen trainees were promoted to agents in the across multiple divisions, including TV, Motion Pictures and Sports.
First up: Matt Greenberg, Amanda Lie, Kirsten Polley, and Jacy Schleier have been promoted to agents in CAA's TV department. Greenberg and Schleier serve in the Scripted and Alternative-TV departments, respectively, while Lie is in… Read
Paradigm Ups Eight Employees To Agents, Adds Music Agent Phil Egenthal
Paradigm has just added eight new agents across multiple offices by promoting off desks. They are: Zac Bluestone and Madi Daigle in New York, Brewster Lee in Los Angeles, Kylie Doyle, Zach Hartley and Jeremy Shpizner in Nashville, and tour marketing agents Dani Barrett in Los Angeles and Andrew Whitaker in New York.
Paradigm also announced that veteran music agent Phil Egenthal has joined the agency, bringing clients including The Revivalists, George Porter Jr.… Read
Helen Hunt Leaves CAA After Many Years And Signs With UTA
Helen Hunt has left CAA after being repped there for around 25 years and has signed with UTA. The change of representation is a surprise. Hunt has been working both in front of and behind the cameras since winning an Oscar for As Good as It Gets. She writes, produces and directs and works on stage as well as in film and TV.
On the film side, Hunt will next star Netflix's Candy Jar opposite Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba and she currently can be seen in theaters in the… Read
Derek Doneen, Director Of Sundance Winner ‘Kailash’, Inks With WME
EXCLUSIVE: Derek Doneen, whose feature documentary directing debut Kailash won a marquee Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has signed with WME. In Kailash, Doneen followed Nobel Peace Prize-winning Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, whose team has liberated more than 86,000 children in India from child labor, slavery and trafficking.
Doneen was an in-house filmmaker at Participant Media who worked with Davis Guggenheim on films including Waiting for S… Read
Jeremy Apody Joins Buchwald
Jeremy Apody has joined Buchwald as the new West Coast Head of Emerging Talent Commercial & Branding.
Apody spent the previous 14 years at Abrams Artists Agency where he built and headed a highly successful youth commercial department, having taken over that division in 2007. Some of his best known ad campaign bookings include Geico's "Peter Pan", Progressive's "Young Flo," Toyota Highlander's "Nathan James" and Verizon's "Fios Football Girl".
Apody has helped develop and… Read
Ice Dancing Shibutani Siblings Sign With UTA
Olympian ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani have signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).
The Shibutani Siblings recently competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea where they won two Bronze Medals for the United States. The pair, who have been skating for 14 years, became fan favorites throughout the Olympic games.
Prior to Pyeongchang, the Shibutani Siblings were renowned skaters. They are three-time World medalists, two-time U.S… Read