EXCLUSIVE: CAA has just signed Michel Hazanavicius, director of the surprise Oscar frontrunner The Artist. That black and white silent film is up for six Golden Globes, including Best Director.

Hazanavicius is a French filmmaker who previously was best known for directing the spy comedy series OSS 117. He was in high demand among the agencies and will look to make his English language debut. He’s married to Berenice Bejo, who plays the ingenue in The Artist.