After 13 years apart, Erwin More and Brian Medavoy are reuniting to restart More/Medavoy Management. They currently rep two clients together — Neil McDonough (Mob City, Desperate Housewives) and Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson, Big Love, Ouji) — and others are expected to join Medavoy’s current management roster. Neither Medavoy nor More would say which clients were coming with them, but there are a number of actors and actresses that do not have managers at Paradigm. More leaves the agency business after 12 years and has gotten the blessing of Paradigm, where he has worked for the past five years. At one point he was head of the TV talent department where he worked with Sharon Stone, McDonough, Mariska Hargitay (now at CAA), Chris Vance, Jill Hennessy, Roseanne Barr, Chevy Chase and Dwight Yoakam and others. (Andrew Ruf continues to head the talent department at Paradigm).
Prior to Paradigm, More worked as co-head of the talent department at the former William Morris Agency. Medavoy left the business and lived in Whitefish, MT, for five years before coming back and building his own management company again. He currently represents such clients as Paula Patton, McDonough, Bella Heathcote, Kris Polaha, Reno Wilson, Michael Beach, Ben Koldyke and Eric Balfour. Manager (and former UTA agent) Matt Sherman joined with Medavoy last year. And Medavoy’s current producing partner, lit and talent manager Alan Nevins, will continue his association with More/Medavoy via Renaissance Literary and Talent. Nevins and Medavoy are already producing Gucci, a miniseries about Patricia Gucci, the daughter of fashion icon Aldo Gucci, which is in development at E! “We’re putting the band back together,” laughed Medavoy, who said that their shared client McDonough helped paved the way for them to reunite after working on the actor’s projects together. “I have a 13-year relationship with Erwin and I know what we have done together in the past and what we can do together now. We’re not going to try to recreate More/Medavoy as it was because the business model now — with Amazon, Netflix and (other platforms) — there are a lot more opportunities out there (for their clients).”
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More has strength in TV packaging and Medavoy has a great understanding of the movie business (his father is Mike Medavoy). Together they repped clients and packaged a number of TV shows. From 1989-2002, More/Medavoy certainly made their mark in the entertainment industry. The production/management company was co-exec producers on such popular TV series such as Just Shoot Me, exec produced Dharma & Greg, and Medavoy exec produced the Emmy-winning American High. They also helped put together Sweet Justice for clients Melissa Gilbert and Cicely Tyson and The Single Guy for client Jonathan Silverman. Thirteen years ago, More/Medavoy was a management force and represented numerous film and TV clients — Jason Bateman, Tobey Maguire, Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Hargitay, David Schwimmer, Maria Bello, Peter Berg and Jenna Elfman.
Will they add managers to the roster? According to Medavoy, “We might add a lit person and another manager, but we will do what the clients’ needs warrant. I want to surround myself with people I like, people I trust, people I can have fun with, people I can learn from and people I can teach.”
“I have dear relationships with managers, but we’re going to see where the business takes us” added More. “I was involved in development and production and I was visiting a client on the set a few weeks ago and he said, okay what are we going to do next, and then I saw Brian and his energy is so great. So, I’m getting out of the agency business after 12 years and going back into management with someone I worked side by side with, and well, and so whatever benefits the clients is what we’ll do.”
“It’s been so much fun for me. Besides sharing clients, we’ve shared so much time,” More said. “We have great energy together and we’re really excited and looking forward to what we can build. I leave Paradigm in a good place. Brian and I are older and wiser and we have nurtured and mentored a number of people together that have gone on to great success in their own right. It’s a whole new day and a whole new business and we’re going to hit the ground running.”
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