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Comedian DC Young Fly Signs With ICM Partners

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Comedian DC Young Fly has signed with ICM Partners. DC can next be seen in Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out, with Season 8 set to debut August 4 on MTV. He currently appears in Nick Cannon’s Wild N’ On Tour, which debuted this month on MTV2. In his first acting turn, DC can be seen in feature Almost Christmas which hits theaters this fall. He also has a cameo role in the New Edition movie for BET. An Atlanta native, DC has a big social media following, with 3.6 million… Read

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NASCAR Champion & Fox Sports Analyst Jeff Gordon Signs With CAA

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CAA has signed NASCAR champion and Fox Sports broadcast analyst Jeff Gordon for representation in all areas. Gordon is a four-time champion, three-time winner of the Daytona 500, and ranks third all-time with 93 victories in NASCAR's premier series. He currently is an analyst for Fox NASCAR broadcasts, calling races, practices, and qualifying sessions for the network. Gordon also has an impressive list of other TV and film credits. He has co-hosted Live! multiple times… Read

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Brad Turell Exiting Paradigm To Launch Media Consulting Startup

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Brad Turell is leaving his post as Paradigm’s EVP Corporate Communications. Turell, who has held that job since 2007, will transition from the agency and launch a media consulting company effective September 1. Turell, who spent 12 years in corporate communications for Time Warner’s The WB Network and Turner Broadcasting Company before joining the talent agency led by Sam Gores, has been a very effective mouthpiece for the agency, well liked by the media and within the… Read

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‘X-Men’ Star Alexandra Shipp Inks With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: Alexandra Shipp, who plays Storm in Fox’s recent X-Men: Apocalypse and was Ice Cube’s wife in Straight Outta Compton, has signed with WME. She also is known for portraying Aaliyah in the 2014 Lifetime biopic. Upcoming, Ship has the indie pic Dude from Olivia Milch starring opposite Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott and Nora "Awkwafina" Lum. Also a songwriter, pianist and avid guitar player, she is currently working on her first EP. Shipp had been with ICM Partners… Read

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Music Agent Joseph Martin Joins CAA’s Country Band

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WME music agent Joseph Martin has moved to CAA, where he will boost the agency’s Nashville music operations. At WME’s Los Angeles office he booked contemporary music artists, and now will focus on CAA's country roster that includes Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum and more. He joine CAA Music’s Nashville team that includes John Huie, Rod Essig, Marc Dennis, Darin Murphy and Scott… Read

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Paradigm Promotes Five Trainees To Agent

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EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has upped five trainees in its agent program to full agents, with the news coming this morning during a companywide video conference. The newbies: Jake Dexter (Alternative Television department), Marissa Fine (Television Literary), Derek Kigongo (Motion Picture Finance), Gabrielle Lewis (Motion Picture Literary) and Kim Yau (Media Rights). All promotions are effective immediately, the agency… Read

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An Alternative Perspective On Casting Workshops: Open Letter

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Ajarae Coleman is an actress and founder of TheWorkshopGuru.com, a listing and review service for casting director and talent agent/manager workshops.  Fueled by recent media attention, opposition to casting director (CD) workshops is stronger than ever. It is an awkward time for actors like me who value workshops. We are being portrayed, contradictorily, as either: 1) poor, struggling, unwitting fools who are naively allowing themselves to be taken advantage of by these… Read

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Writer-Director Adam Robitel Signs With CAA; Jansen Panettiere Inks With AKA Talent Agency

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Adam Robitel, who is in prep to direct the Blumhouse sequel Insidious 4, has signed with CAA. The writer-director made documentary-style horror feature The Taking Of Deborah Logan, which was produced by Bryan Singer and became to the No. 1 most downloaded film of any genre on Halloween. Robitel and writing partner Gavin Heffernan previously penned Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension for Paramount Pictures and Blumhouse. He and Christopher Landon also recently sold… Read

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PR Exec Jenny Bloom Moves To Jive PR + Digital

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Jive PR + Digital has hired former Prodigy PR exec Jenny Bloom to be its VP of Film and Entertainment. She will be tasked with overseeing the North American entertainment division based out of the agency’s Santa Monica office. Jive, a boutique public relations and digital marketing firm that launched in 2009, also has offices in Toronto and Vancouver and specializes in social PR for entertainment and corporate clients that include Virgin Radio, eOne Films, The… Read

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‘Tyrant’s Moran Atias Signs With Paradigm

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EXCLUSIVE: Moran Atias, who stars on the FX series Tyrant which premiered its third season last night, has signed with Paradigm. On Tyrant, Atias plays Leila, the smart and sometimes scheming wife of Abbudin president Jamal Al-Fayeed. The series, from Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon, will air 10 episodes this season. Her credits also include Third Person, directed by Paul Haggis, whom she worked with on his Crash drama series based on the Oscar Best Picture winner. She… Read

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Gersh Signs ‘Avatar’ Actor & ‘Youth In Oregon’ Director Joel David Moore

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Actor-director Joel David Moore has signed with The Gersh Agency. Best known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, Moore’s other film credits include the films DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Art School Confidential, Oliver Stone’s Savages, the biopic CBGB, and Hatchet. His television credits include a 5-year arc on Fox’s Bones, and a series regular role on ABC’s Forever. He also recently wrapped filming opposite Sean Bean and Mary McCormack in director Jason… Read