WGA & SAG-AFTRA Taking Sharply Different Approaches At Bargaining Table With Agencies And Ad Industry
EXCLUSIVE: The coming week will be a big one for Hollywood labor relations: The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents will resume talks on Tuesday for a new franchise agreement, and SAG-AFTRA will begin negotiations with the advertising industry on Wednesday for a new $1 billion-a-year commercials contract.
The unions' current contracts expire within a week of each other: SAG-AFTRA's on March 31 and the WGA's on April 6. If they fail to reach agreements, the WGA could… Read
Adam McKay: “I Stand In Solidarity With The WGA” In ATA Negotiations; Farrelly Brothers & Barry Jenkins Agree
Tricky negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents have many writers considering their options. And at the WGA Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, it emerged that many big-name writers are standing behind their union, and will even walk away from their agents if necessary.
"I love the WGA," Adam McKay told Deadline at the awards show. "I voted for our leaders, I've supported the guild for years and years, so whatever they think… Read
UTA Signs Sam Adewunmi, Star Of Sundance Film ‘The Last Tree’
EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed UK actor Sam Adewunmi for representation in all areas. Adewunmi was most recently seen as the lead in Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree, which has its debut at Sundance.
Adewunmi stars as Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mom. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he… Read
‘Rugrats’ Co-Creator Arlene Klasky Inks With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: Arlene Klasky has signed with CAA at a time when her beloved Rugrats franchise is being relaunched.
Nickelodeon is bringing the animated series back with a 26-episode order on which Klasky will serve as EP. Concurrently, Paramount Players is developing a Rugrats live action/animated hybrid with Klasky as a producer.
Klasky won three-time Daytime Emmy Awards for Rugrats, which she co-created, and counts 12 Primetime Emmy noms overall for the animated series… Read
Stone Manners Salners Agency Changes Name, Adds Partners, Beefs Up NY Office
The Stone Manners Salners Agency has renamed itself as Artists & Representatives. The new moniker comes as the talent agency has promoted veterans Ben Sands and Adrian Pellereau to partner and has added agents Abigail Berger and Alice Skiba in New York.
Founded by Scott Manners and Tim Stone as Stone Manners 32 years ago, the agency upped Glenn Salners to partner in 2010. With Stone retiring last year, Sands, who runs the company’s New York office, and Los Angeles-based… Read
Hyperion Signs Oscar Nominated ‘Period. End of Sentence.’ Director Rayka Zehtabchi
EXCLUSIVE: Hyperion, the talent agency founded by former UTA agent Ryan Bartlett, has signed Iranian-American director Rayka Zehtabchi, whose latest short film, Period. End of Sentence., was nominated for the Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar this year.
The pic, which is available to stream on Netflix, is set in a rural village in India where a group of women bands together to install and operate a sanitary pad-making machine, combatting the crushing stigma of… Read
WGA Members Meet As Showdown With ATA Looms
Hundreds of writers gathered tonight at the Universal Sheraton to get an update on the WGA's negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents for a new agency franchise agreement.
As Deadline previously reported, the negotiations got off to a rocky start last week, with the ATA releasing a lengthy statement that expressed "serious doubts about the sincerity of WGA leadership's desire for a negotiated solution." WGA West executive director David Young called the ATA's… Read
Matt DelPiano Exits CAA After 26 Years To Launch Management Division As Partner With Dana Brunetti And Cavalry Media
EXCLUSIVE: Talk about a shocker, and also a great get for Dana Brunetti, Keegan Rosenberger and their Cavalry Media. Matt DelPiano, who has been a top agent at CAA and a 26-year veteran of the talent agency, is becoming a partner at Cavalry Media and launching a full-service management company, Cavalry Management.
DelPiano is a respected and well-liked talent rep whose handled such clients as Alec Baldwin, Mariska Hargitay, Al Pacino, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Sinise… Read
Filmmaker Mark Polish Joins More/Medavoy Management
More/Medavoy Management has sign Mark Polish, who first stepped on the scene with the 1999 Sundance film Twin Falls Idaho, which he starred in and co-wrote with his twin brother and frequent collaborator Michael Polish.
Following the release of Twin Falls Idaho (via Sony Pictures Classics), Polish co-wrote and co-produced the comedy Jackpot (2001), which received the Indie Spirit John Cassavetes Award, and Northfork, also co-starring alongside James Woods, Nick Nolte, and… Read
Oscar Nominee Richard E. Grant Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Richard E. Grant, who along with co-star Melissa McCarthy is Oscar nominated for the forger tale Can You Ever Forgive Me? The agency will rep him in all areas.
It was clear that the veteran actor might get a second wind after the Marielle Heller-directed drama played Telluride last fall. Beyond the Oscar nom, Grant's performance has earned him a Film Independent Spirit Award nom and a New York Film Critics Circle win for Best Supporting… Read
UTA & CAA Settle Agent-Poaching Lawsuit
The four-year court battle of Hollywood-heavyweight agencies is over. Both sides have agreed to settle the lawsuit CAA filed days after UTA poached of several agents in March 2015.
“It’s all over at last, thankfully,” said an agency source close to that matter told Deadline tonight. Attorney Bryan Freedman, who was representing UTA in the long legal tussle, said: “The matter was resolved, and the state court action, the arbitration and the petitions were all… Read
‘Fences’ Actress Saniyya Sidney Inks With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed actress Saniyya Sidney for representation.
Sidney began her career at eight-years-old as "Young Kizzy" in the History Channel remake of the Alex Haley classic, Roots.
She went on to star alongside Oscar winners Viola Davis and Denzel Washington in Fences as their characters’ daughter, Raynell, and starred with Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated film, Hidden Figures which took the 2017 SAG Award for Best Ensemble.
Currently, she stars… Read