CAA Promotes Quartet Of Trainees
CAA said it has promoted Darren Gee to agent in CAA Sports' Basketball group, one of four trainees upped today. Gee will be based in the New Jersey office. Also on the sports side, Barry Clarke and Melissa Lee were promoted to executives at CAA Sports Consulting, which advises and manages sponsorship rights deals. Both are based in New York.
Tori Wechsler, meanwhile, was promoted to agent in the Digital Talent and Packaging group. Based in Los Angeles, the unit sets up… Read
‘Shark Tank’s Daymond John Inks With Gersh
Gersh has reeled in a shark. The agency said today that it has signed FUBU entrepreneur and Shark Tank veteran Daymond John for representation in television, film, social media and other transmedia.
An original cast member of the four-time Emmy-winning series, John's commitment to promoting and supporting entrepreneurs led to his appointment by the Obama administration as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.
The agency will work to create new… Read
CAA Signs TIFF Rising Star Jessie Buckley; Primary Wave Signs ‘Human Traces’ Vinnie Bennett
EXCLUSIVE: Two young stars have just been signed out of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Jessie Buckley, who stars in the film Beast which just premiered at TIFF and was among those named by the festival as one of the rising stars, has signed with CAA. Meanwhile, Primary Wave Entertainment has signed up-and-comer Vinnie Bennett, who stars in the Nic Gorman-directed psychological thriller Human Traces, which also just had its North American premiere in… Read
Emmys 2017: Executive Red Carpet Arrivals Photo Gallery
UPDATED with more photos: Take a look at Deadline’s gallery of executives, agents and producers of nominated shows who walked the red carpet Sunday at the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre. Click on the image above to launch the photo gallery. (Photos by Chelsea… Read
‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Scribe Simon Beaufoy Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed the illustrious writer-producer Simon Beaufoy, who until several months ago had been repped in the U.S. by the late agent Susan Landau. Beaufoy in the past two decades has won Oscars, Golden Globes, WGA and other awards for such films as The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 127 Hours. His latest scripted effort, the Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris-directed Emma Stone-Steve Carell starrer Battle of the Sexes… Read
UTA’s News & Broadcasting Unit Gets New Boss In Peter Goldberg
UTA has named news agent Peter Goldberg its new Head of UTA News and Broadcasting, taking over the role co-held by Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper, the N.S. Bienstock duo who have been running the unit since UTA acquired their powerhouse agency in 2014. The agency said Leibner and Cooper will still manage their client rosters and continue to play a key role at UTA.
Goldberg, who also came over in the N.S. Bienstock deal, will remain based in New York and report to… Read
Laura Osnes, Wrapping Up ‘Bandstand’ Run, Signs With Liebman
EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Tony award nominee Laura Osnes, who wraps up her leading role in the Broadway musical Bandstand this week, has signed with managers Brian Liebman and Cory Richman at Liebman Entertainment. Osnes was Tony nominated for her starring performance in the title roles of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Bonnie and Clyde, and also appeared in Anything Goes, South Pacific and Grease. She played Polly Peachum in a 2014 Atlantic Theatre Company production… Read
WME Signs ‘Revenge’ Helmer Coralie Fargeat: New Female Genre Voice Emerges In Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Coralie Fargeat, hot on the heels of the Toronto Midnight Madness premiere of her vengeance thriller Revenge. Pic stars Matilda Lutz. This was the pic that caused a commotion mid-screening when an audience member was escorted out by ambulance due to a seizure that occurred during one of the film’s most upsetting and graphic and bloody scenes. Fargeat continues to be repped in France by Rosalie Cimino of UBBA. Pic sold to Shudder before its… Read
‘Insecure’ Showrunner Prentice Penny Signs With WME
WME has signed writer-producer Prentice Penny.
Penny serves as executive producer/showrunner on HBO’s acclaimed comedy Insecure, which was recently renewed for a third season. The series, co-created, exec produced by and starring Issa Rae, has been praised for its honest take on race, relationships, sexuality and what it's like to navigate the awkward time in life that is the late 20s.
Penny's past TV writing-producing credits include Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ABC's Happy… Read
‘Maigret’ Scribe Stewart Harcourt Signs With ICM Partners
Prolific UK television and feature film scribe Stewart Harcourt has signed with ICM Partners for representation in all areas.
This is the first concentrated effort in the U.S. for ITV’s Maigret writer Harcourt. His other TV work includes Dracula for BBC1, Treasure Island (Sky1), Hearts and Bones starring Michael Fassbender and Damien Lewis, Love and Marriage (ITV1) and last year’s praised Churchill's Secret starring Michael Gambon on Masterpiece.
Harcourt has developed… Read
CAA Signs First Fully Virtual Reality Director In Kevin Cornish
CAA has signed its first fully Virtual Reality director. Kevin Cornish, who has established himself as a leader in directing high-end, cinematic VR, putting together content for brands ranging from IBM, Google, Oculus, Discovery, MTV, AT&T, Ram Truck and AMD and has worked with such talent including Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss, has signed with the agency. It will also rep his company Moth + Flame, a full-service virtual reality agency.
Cornish is currently in production… Read
UTA Acquires New York-Based Greater Talent Network, Elite Speakers Bureau
UTA has just acquired New York-based Greater Talent Network, one of the world's most influential speakers bureaus which was founded in 1982 by CEO Don Epstein, now a UTA partner. GTN started at that time with political satirist PJ O’Rourke and author Tom Wolfe and then added Hunter S. Thompson, Abbie Hoffman and Timothy Leary. It is now one of the foremost market leaders in live speaking engagements.
Over 35 years, GTN has built a client roster the New York Times has… Read