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Danielle Steel Inks With Paradigm

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Danielle Steel has signed with Paradigm and will develop original material for TV and film projects along with mining her extensive catalog. The prolific writer’s books have sold hundreds of millions of copies, and more than 20 of her novels have made into TV movies. She also holds the record for having at least one book on The New York Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. Steel continues to be repped by lit agency Janklow… Read

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UTA Signs French ‘Song Of The Sea’ Producers Superprod

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EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed French production house Superprod, producer of current Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee Song Of The Sea, for representation in television and film. Founded in 2010 by former Gaumont Alphanim execs Clément Calvet and Jérémie Fajner, the company is currently developing the 2D animated feature film Miles, by book illustrator Rebecca Dautremer, and is in production on 3D animated feature White Fang, based on Jack London’s classic novel and set to… Read

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Paradigm Promotes Five To Agent

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Paradigm Talent Agency has upped five agent trainees to agents. Will Douglas, Dan Moresco and Jamie Hughes have gotten the boost in the Talent department, Varun Lella, in the Digital department and Gabriel Mena in the agency's Film Packaging, Financing and Sales division. All will be headquartered in Beverly Hills, with the exception of Jamie Hughes, who has relocated to New York. In addition, agents Adrian Garcia (MP Lit) and Stuart Kozlowski (Digital) in Beverly Hills… Read

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Alex Karpovsky Signs With ICM Partners

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Alex Karpovsky, who plays Ray Ploshansky on HBO’s Girls, has signed with ICM Partners. His acting credits also include the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, and Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture. He also wrote, directed and starred in the feature Red Flag, co-wrote and directed Rubberneck and Woodpecker and helmed the improv comedy documentary Trust Us, This Is All Made Up. Karpovsky has a number of projects in the works including the features 7 Chinese Brothers with Jason… Read

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Helmer J.C. Chandor Signs With CAA

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EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director J.C. Chandor just signed with CAA. The filmmaker moved after he exited the film Deepwater Horizon at Summit over creative differences. He had been repped by WME, and had a pretty admirable run there. Chandor had a long career directing commercials, but his ascension has been fast since making his debut on Margin Call, which got him an Oscar nom for Best Original Screenplay and a host of other accolades that included the Best First Feature and… Read

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‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ Helmer Steve Carr Signs With Paradigm

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EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed Steve Carr, the helmer of hit comedies that include Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Are We Done Yet, Daddy Day Care, Dr. Dolittle 2 and Next Friday. Carr next is set to direct The Wedding Guests for CBS Films and The Boondoggle, a buddy comedy scripted by Rob Riggle & Tom Lennon. He’s also developing the AMC series Sherman’s March. Carr had been at ICM Partners. He becomes the latest in a bunch of directors who’ve signed with Paradigm including Luke… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Moves To Merge Agency Contracts; Does This Mean Thaw In ATA Impasse?

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EXCLUSIVE: Many TV actors will soon be paying more commissions to their agents under new rules approved by the SAG-AFTRA board of directors. The new rules, which went into effect Monday, govern the commissions that talent agents can take on their clients' residuals. It allows franchised agents to use AFTRA's old commission schedule on certain TV shows instead of SAG's. While the change was only designed to bring the union's separate agency franchise agreements into… Read

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Constance Wu Signs With WME

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Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu has signed with WME. The actress has been getting solid reviews for her role as Jessica Huang in ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat, the first Asian-American family comedy on TV in two decades. Wu, previously with TalentWorks, also has a lead role on Amazon pilot Browsers and most recently booked a recurring role on Bryan Fuller’s Syfy pilot High Moon, as well as Bad Hat Harry and Geek and Sundry’s webseries Spooked. Her feature film credits… Read

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Verve Signs Tomas Vergara, Will Package His Short ‘Isolated’ As Feature

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EXCLUSIVE: Off his cutting-edge short film Isolated, writer/director Tomas Vergara has been signed by Verve. Not surprisingly, the agency’s first order of business will be to grow his short into a feature that Vergara will direct. They’ll use the short as the sales tool. Isolated is an intense, immersive, exciting, high-octane, thrill ride about a taxi driver who wakes up in a deserted city — only to find himself pursued by humans. Struggling to piece together what is… Read

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CAA Names Sherrie Sage Schwartz Human Resources Chief

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CAA has hired Sherrie Sage Schwartz for the newly created post of Chief Human Resources Officer. The agency said she will lead its "people efforts on a global scale." Schwartz comes to CAA from Activision Blizzard, where she served as SVP Human Resources for Activision Publishing. She also has held executive HR posts at Levi Strauss & Co., Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert, and Kraft Foods. "Our company has seen tremendous growth over the past number of years, in terms of… Read

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ICM Partners Signs Shameik Moore, Star Of Sundance Breakout ‘Dope’

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EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed Shameik Moore, the 19-year-old star of the Sundance Film Festival pic Dope, which sold to Open Road and Sony Pictures in one of the fest’s biggest deals: $7 million in minimum guarantee with a $15 million P&A. Moore was on the radar of pretty much every agency after the pic premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition last month. Open Road has already set a June 12 release date for the coming-of-age story written and directed by Rick… Read