‘Dark Skies’ Writer-Director Scott Stewart Inks With Verve
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Stewart, the writer, director and producer behind Dark Skies, Legion and Priest, has signed with Verve.
Stewart most recently been working on the TV side. He directed the pilot of Freeform’s mermaid drama Siren, which premiered in March was renewed in May for a second season. He also has in development at Freeform Augs, an hourlong futuristic drama he is co-producing with Anonymous Content.
He is 3-for-3 as a pilot director for projects picked up for… Read
CAA Ups Trainee Eric Schonberg To Agent; Greenlight Hires Shir Aharon As Talent Manager
CAA has promoted trainee Eric Schonberg to agent in the agency’s Motion Pictures Talent department. He most recently served as the department's coordinator and will be based in Los Angeles.
Schonberg joined CAA in 2013 and works with clients including Josh Hutcherson, Dianna Agron, Dominic Cooper, Katheryn Winnick and Beulah Koale among others.
Greenlight Management has hired Shir Aharon as a talent manager based in Los Angeles. Aharon, who spent the past three years at… Read
Jason Biggs Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Jason Biggs, who recently starred opposite Julianne Nicholson in the Toronto Film Festival-premiering Who We Are Now and in last year’s Freeform TV movie Angry Angel, has signed with ICM Partners.
Biggs played Larry Bloom on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, and was Scoop Rosenbaum on Broadway in the revival of The Heidi Chronicles opposite Elisabeth Moss. His film credits include starring in the American Pie movies, Woody Allen’s Anything Else, Jersey Girl… Read
‘Power’ Star Omari Hardwick Inks With WME
EXCLUSIVE: Omari Hardwick, who stars as Ghost on Starz’s hit original series Power, has signed with WME. The move comes at a busy time for the actor, and ahead of the November release of Nobody’s Fool, Paramount’s Tyler Perry pic in which Hardwick co-star stars alongside Tiffany Haddish and Tika Sumpter.
Immediately on the horizon, he is set to star in his one-man show HerO: A Work in Progress with Omari Hardwick on June 29 at the Billie Holiday Theater at RestorationArt… Read
Emily Mortimer Signs With UTA
Emily Mortimer, who is in Disney’s big Christmas release, Mary Poppins Returns opposite Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth, has signed with UTA.
Most recently, Mortimer starred in Stacy Cochran's drama Write When You Get Work and Sally Potter's The Party and will next star in Isabelle Coixet's The Bookshop — which was released in Europe earlier this year, and for which she received a Goya Award nomination.
On the television side, Mortimer… Read
WGA East Leader Blames Agents’ Conflicts Of Interest For Writers’ Declining “Quotes”
UPDATED with statement from ATA official: As the Writers Guild prepares to sit down to negotiate a new deal with the Association of Talent Agents, WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson is blaming the agencies' "conflicts of interest" in the packaging of scripted TV shows for the decline in writers' quotes" – the wages they earned on their last assignments. In a recent letter to his members and to the WGA East's council, Peterson says that writers' quotes… Read
CAA Signs ‘Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Daniel Kaluuya whose performance in Jordan Peele’s Get Out was one of the most talked about of the year. Get Out, which took the box office by storm when it came out in Feb. 2017, grossing a big $255M worldwide on a budget of only around $5M.
The British actor was nominated for multiple awards for his role in the film, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Kaluuya was also the recipient of… Read
APA Closed Today For Agency-Wide Social Responsibility Initiative
APA’s offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Atlanta and Toronto are all closed today so agents and other employees can volunteer through the company’s social responsibility initiative, APA ELEVATE.
Like fellow talent agencies ICM Partners and UTA, the move is being done so all employees can volunteer at numerous local charitable organizations to support and service communities in need. "All of us at APA are dedicated to implementing our collective compassion to… Read
UTA Closed Friday For Project Impact As Staffers Volunteer To Help Communities And Non-Profits
United Talent Agency’s founders (and partners) are taking off their suits tomorrow, rolling up their sleeves and doing the real work across this country and overseas. UTA will close all offices internationally Friday for its seventh annual Project Impact volunteer day to enable the agency’s 900 employees to dedicate their time and service at roughly 40 volunteer sites worldwide.
That means CEO Jeremy Zimmer, Co-Presidents Jay Sures and David Kramer as well as Chairman Jim… Read
‘SNL’s Melissa Villaseñor Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: Melissa Villaseñor, the first Latina cast member on Saturday Night Live, has signed with WME for representation in all areas.
The versatile Villaseñor has voiced characters in the animated series OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes for WBTV and Adventure Time for Cartoon Network. She is set to star in the upcoming short Dangerous Women for directors Allison Bosma and Jon DeWalt, and has released an EP of original songs.
Villaseñor's other credits include American Dad!, Bar… Read
UTA Promotes Brent Weinstein To Chief Innovation Officer
UTA promoted its veteran digital agent, Brent Weinstein, to serve as the company's first chief innovation officer.
Weinstein will continue to oversee UTA's digital talent, emerging platforms, events and experiences and ventures divisions. He also will manage UTA IQ, the newly established in-house data insights group, together with UTA co-president David Kramer.
In his expanded role, Weinstein will work alongside UTA co-president Jay Sures to oversee the agency’s news and… Read
TV Agent Pierre Brogan Rejoins Paradigm
Pierre Brogan is coming full circle. The veteran TV agent and former Topspin exec has rejoined Paradigm Talent Agency, where he started his career two decades ago.
Based in the Beverly Hills office, Brogan will focus on unscripted television — specifically to lead the representation of creators, talent and producers and to develop packaging strategies for series aimed at network, cable and OTT.
"Pierre brings exceptional experience, knowledge and relationships to our… Read