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APA Ups Jules Urbanski To Music Agent; Triage Entertainment Partners With Terence Wrong, Hires Josh Poole As VP

APA has promoted Jules Urbanski to agent in the concerts department. Urbanski joined APA in 2015, working in the mailroom before joining the agency's Agent Training Program. He grew up on film and TV sets with parents Diane Wilk, executive producer of The Nanny, and Doug Urbanski, a Broadway producer, talent manager and Oscar-nominated film producer. Jules Urbanski works closely with APA partner and co-head of talent, Jim Osborne, with whom he shares crossover clients… Read

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Eddie Griffin Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

Abrams Artists Agency has signed comic and actor Eddie Griffin in all areas. Griffin, who is onscreen as a pastor in the hit feature A Star Is Born, is a veteran stand-up comedian who probably is best known to moviegoers for starring 2002’s Undercover Brother, written by John Ridley and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. He also toplined the 1996-2000 UPN series Malcom & Eddie alongside Malcom-Jamal Warner. Griffin’s Las Vegas residency, The Eddie Griffin Experience, is in its… Read

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Diane Lane Signs With WME

Diane Lane has signed with WME in all areas. An Oscar nominee for Unfaithful and two-time Emmy nominee, Lane next appears in Season 6 of Netflix’s House of Cards and Amazon’s new Matthew Weiner series The Romanoffs. She also co-stars with Matthew McCaughaghy and Anne Hathaway in writer-director Steven Knight’s Serenity, which hits theaters January 25. Her list of credits ranges from the recent films Tully, Justice League and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice to Under the… Read

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ICM Partners Signs Producer Andre Gaines

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EXCLUSIVE: Andre Gaines, the producer behind animated sci-fi pic RIO 2096 starring Rodrigo Santoro, has signed with ICM Partners. Gaines’ film credits include Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus along with Brazilian Western and Ladder to Damascus. He also worked on the documentaries Bill Nye: Science Guy, Bricks in Motion and the upcoming I Am Dick Gregory, which Gaines also wrote and directed. His TV work includes the upcoming Black Samurai for Starz, starring Common and… Read

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ICM Partners Promotes Seven In Business & Legal Affairs

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ICM Partners has promotions of seven executives in its Business and Legal Affairs groups. Alexandra Kopp was promoted to VP Business Affairs; Amanda Kowal and Olivia Trikilis to senior manager business affairs posts. Nada Bariche, Christine Krikorian and Amy Mellman to business affairs executives; and Hope Driskill joins the legal affairs team as an attorney who also will handle business and corporate affairs duties. All will work from ICM's Los Angeles headquarters… Read

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APA Promotes Bhargava, Nahai And Heller To Agents In Talent Department

APA has promoted Varun Bhargava, John Nahai, and Kris Heller to agents in the Talent Department.  All three were agent trainees in APA's Agent Training Program. Their positions are effective immediately, it was jointly announced today by partners and talent department co-heads, Ryan Martin and Jim Osborne, to whom they all report.  Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Bhargava is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a degree in economics. He began his… Read

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‘Mapplethorpe’ Director Ondi Timoner Inks With APA

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EXCLUSIVE: Ondi Timoner, the documentary filmmaker who is making her narrative feature debut with the Matt Smith-starring biopic Mapplethorpe, has signed with APA and Dialed-in Entertainment. Timoner has won a pair of Sundance Film Festival grand jury prizes — first in 2004 for her feature documentary debut Dig!, then again in 2009 for We Live In Public. Her docu feature credits also include Join Us (2007), Cool It (2010), and Brand: A Second Coming (2015). Last year… Read

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Managers Tammy Rosen & Brad Stokes Join Link Entertainment

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Link Entertainment has added veteran talent managers Tammy Rosen and Brad Stokes to its team. Rosen brings to the new company her client list, which includes Michael Sheen, Lucy Davis, Evan Handler, Tony Curran, Laura Fraser and Aml Ameen, among others. She has more that 20 years of experience as a talent manager. Rosen began her career at ICM, moved onto Propaganda in the 90s, and then Melanie Greene Management in the 2000s. In 2010 Rosen joined boutique firm… Read

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‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ Star Sophia Anne Caruso Signs With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: Sophia Anne Caruso, who stars with Alex Brightman in the upcoming Broadway Beetlejuice: The Musical, has signed with WME for representation in all areas. The move comes as she prepares to hits the stage as Lydia (played by Winona Ryder in the 1988 Tim Burton film) beginning Sunday at Washington, DC’s National Theatre ahead of a Broadway run that beings in March with previews at the Winter Garden Theatre. Caruso rose to prominence on the stage in 2015 starring… Read

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UTA And Valence Media’s MRC Form TV Production And Finance Venture Civic Center Media

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Deepening the investment of Hollywood agencies in content production, United Talent Agency has teamed with Valence Media and its Media Rights Capital subsidiary on a joint venture to be called Civic Center Media. The new entity, in which UTA will hold an undisclosed minority stake, will develop, produce and finance premium TV series. Financial terms were not revealed, and the announcement of the venture said a search is under way for an executive to lead it. The… Read

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UTA Teams With MRC On TV Studio Joint Venture Dubbed Civic Center Media

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UTA and indie studio Media Rights Capital parent Valence Media unveiled plans Wednesday to launch Civic Center Media, a joint venture that will develop, produce and finance premium TV series. The aim will be to give the talent agency’s clients access to resources for development and production via MRC, which has produced and/or financed series including Netflix’s House of Cards and Ozark and Starz’s Counterpart among others. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it… Read

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‘Hamilton’s Jasmine Cephas Jones Inks With ICM Partners

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EXCLUSIVE: Jasmine Cephas Jones, who played Peggy Schuyler in the original cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s record-smashing Broadway musical Hamilton, has signed with ICM Partners. The move comes after she recently was set to guest star on the upcoming second season of NBC’s Midnight, Texas which premieres later this month. Jones, a member of the the LAByrinth Theater Company whose theater credits include the off-Broadway Atlantic Theater’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance… Read