‘Coco’ Screenwriter Matthew Aldrich Signs With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has inked Coco screenwriter Matthew Aldrich for representation.
Coco was a huge hit for Disney/Pixar last year at this time, ultimately grossing $807 million worldwide and winning two Oscars, for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song “Remember Me” from husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Coco also won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.
The film was a project Aldrich started working on in 2012 with Pixar… Read
‘Girl In The Spider’s Web’s Sverrir Gudnason Inks With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Sverrir Gudnason, who broke out playing Björn Borg opposite Shia LeBeouf in Borg Vs. McEnroe last year and co-starred alongside Claire Foy in Sony’s The Girl In the Spider’s Web this fall, has signed with ICM Partners.
The news comes as the Sweden-born actor is attached to star in Falling, which will serve as the writing and directing debut of Viggo Mortensen. Gudnason will next star opposite Welcome to Sweden’s Josephine Bornebusch in Love Me (Älska Mig), a… Read
Juan Carlos Coto Signs With UTA
Veteran showrunner and producer Juan Carlos Coto has signed with UTA for representation.
Best known for his work as showrunner on Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on El Rey Network, Coto currently is co-executive producer on Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear’s hit Fox drama series 9-1-1. The crime drama, now in its second season, was Fox’s highest-rated new series launch since Empire, and its season 2 premiere drew a new series best 13.8 million… Read
Innovative Artists Promotes Three Assistants To Agent
It was bicoastal Promotion Day at Innovative Artists as the ageny upped a trio of assistants to agent status.
The Los Angeles office saw coordinator Dara Finkel upped to agent in the talent department and Jacqueline Kim in the comedy unit. Out in New York, Christopher Stego has been promoted to agent in the talent department.
Innovative Artists president Scott Harris announced the… Read
‘Queen Sugar’ Star Kofi Siriboe Inks With WME
EXCLUSIVE: Kofi Siriboe, best known as part of the main cast of OWN’s Queen Sugar, has signed with WME for agency representation. Siriboe, who was previously with Innovative Artists, has starred as Ralph Angel, one-third of the Bordelon siblings, for the past three seasons of the Ava DuVernay-created series, which is slated to return for a fourth season.
Siriboe was recently tapped as the lead in Really Love, an indie drama from Fences producer Charles D. King’s MACRO… Read
Ari Greenburg Elevated To WME President
BREAKING: Ari Greenburg has been named President of WME, it was announced internally at the agency. In his role, Greenburg will oversee daily operations of WME across its Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville, London and Sydney offices.
Greenburg was one of the first employees of the Endeavor talent agency in 1995 and was the first trainee promoted to agent at the upstart agency. Seven years later, he became the first homegrown partner at the firm. As part of the Executive… Read
WME Signs ‘Justice League’ Star Ray Fisher
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Justice League star Ray Fisher for representation.
Fisher is best known for his role as Victor Stone in the DC Universe — his character goes by the moniker Cyborg, a technological superhero with cybernetic super strength and other useful powers to help his fellow heroes. He appeared for the first time as Cyborg in a cameo in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
He can be next seen opposite Mahershala Ali in the upcoming season of HBO’s True Detect… Read
Former Warner Bros Int’l Publicist Justine Gamez Huckabay Launches PR Label Intercommunicate
EXCLUSIVE: Former Warner Bros International theatrical publicist Justine Gamez Huckabay is launching entertainment and tech PR label Intercommunicate. The label will work across global unit, festival, awards and general publicity as well as conference marketing.
While at Warner Bros between 2010-2015, Huckabay worked on movies including The Hobbit trilogy, Gravity, Argo, San Andreas and Man of Steel. Prior to that she had short stints at Paramount and Fox.
She most… Read
Female-Led Movies Outperform Male Peers At All Budget Levels – Study
New research from CAA and tech firm Shift7 shows casting women as leads in films at all budget levels offers a significant box office boost compared with male-led averages.
Analyzing 350 films released between January 2014 and December 2017, the companies determined that 105 of them listed women first in billing blocks, press notes or distributor-issued final credits.
Across five budget categories (below $10M; $10M to $30M; $30M-$50M; $50M-$100M; and $100M-plus)… Read
Stellan Skarsgård Inks With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed award-winning actor Stellan Skarsgård.
Since gaining critical acclaim in the César award-winning 1996 film Breaking the Waves from Lars von Trier, Skarsgård continued on to have a phenomenal career in such franchises as Marvel’s The Avengers and Thor, Universal’s Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Swedish actor’s 1997 turn in Miramax’s Oscar winner Good Will Hunting went on to earn him a European Film Award (which also counted… Read
Jon Krakauer Climbs Aboard With Gersh
EXCLUSIVE: Bestselling writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer, whose 1996 book Into the Wild became the two-time Oscar-nominated film directed by Sean Penn, has signed for representation at Gersh. He currently has his 2003 book Under the Banner of Heaven, an investigation of polygamy and religious fundamentalism in the American West, in development at Imagine Entertainment. He’s also at work on his next book, details of which are under wraps.
Krakauer has had eight books… Read
ICM Partners Signs Poet-Performer Rupi Kaur
EXCLUSIVE: Rupi Kaur, whose self-published book of poetry milk and honey when she was 21 became a New York Times bestseller in 2014, has signed with ICM Partners. The agency will be tasked with expanding the India-born Canadian’s career into film, television and theater.
Kaur wrote, illustrated, and self-published milk and honey after sharing some of her work on social media sites like Tumblr. The book sold more than 6.5 million copies and has been translated into more… Read