‘Hand Of God’ Creator Ben Watkins Signs With WME
Hand of God creator Ben Watkins has signed with WME for representation in all areas. He was previously with CAA.
Watkins most recently created and served as showrunner of Hand of God, which ran for two seasons on Amazon.
Through his recently launched banner Blue Monday Productions, Watkins and his producing partner Eli Dansky, have projects in active development for FX (Trainhoppers) and USA (Roar). Up next, Watkins will executive produce Apple's anticipated upcoming… Read
US Space Force Proposal Outlined – President Tweets Enthusiasm For Plan
Boldly going where no man has gone before, the Trump administration has outlined its proposal for how the proposed new Space Force branch of the military will get underway. The proposal will be implemented in stages if Congress approves.
An outline submitted to Congress today indicated the Pentagon will make a recommendation to President Trump that he approve creation of a US Space Command by the end of the year.
The Space Command would prepare for conflicts in space and… Read
Manager Brad Pence Joins Atlas Artists
Atlas Artists, a subsidiary of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment, has hired Brad Pence as a talent manager. Pence is joining the Dave Fleming-led management company effective immediately and will be based in the Los Angeles offices. Pence, who most recently was at Primary Wave Entertainment, joins his former colleague Jeff Morrone, who also recently moved to Atlas Artists from Primary Wave. A couple of other Primary Wave talent managers also are rumored to be… Read
Endeavor Content Hires William Lowery For Film Finance Consultant Role
William Lowery has been hired by Endeavor Content as a senior associate focused on film financing, development and sales.
Formerly head of APA’s content finance and strategic advisory department, he will be based in Nashville and tasked with providing consulting services to financiers and production facilities, with an emphasis on the Southeast region. At APA, Lowery repped financiers and production facilities and among other things consulted for Pinewood Atlanta… Read
Authentic Talent & Literary Management Bringing Magnet Management Into Fold
EXCLUSIVE: Authentic Talent and Literary Management is absorbing Magnet Management, with the Hollywood companies to join forces officially next month under the Authentic banner. As part of the deal, Magnet’s co-founders Zach Tann, Jennie Frankel Frisbie and Bob Sobhani will take on oversight of Authentic’s literary division, joined by their Magnet cohorts Chris Mills, Mitch Solomon and Chris Emerson. The entire Magnet team is making the move.
They join Authentic’s team of… Read
United Talent Agency Sells Minority Stake To Investcorp & Public Sector Pension Investment Board
UPDATE: Sources tell Deadline that UTA sold an equity stake in the 40% range, with the cash infusion in the vicinity of $200 million. Some of the majority of that money will be used to further diversify the agency, and that some of the money will be spread around to the dealmakers who’ve put the agency in this position. Everyone who works for the agency, down to assistants and kitchen staff, will be cashing a check of some kind in the near future, sources said.
BREAKING, 1… Read
CAA Signs ‘Terminator’ Co-Star Natalia Reyes
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Natalia Reyes, the Colombian actress poised to make her breakout in the U.S. starring in the upcoming Tim Miller-directed and James Cameron-produced Terminator for Skydance and Paramount.
Reyes also stars in the Christina Gallego- and Ciro Guerra-directed Birds Of Passage, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year as an official Directors’ Fortnight selection. The Orchard acquired the film's North American distribution rights.
ICM Partners Promotes Three To Agent
ICM Partners has promoted Celestine Au and Madeline Feder to agents in the Talent Department and Viviane Telio to agent in the Motion Picture Literary department, from their previous positions as coordinators. Au and Feder will report to Talent Department partners and co-heads Lorrie Bartlett, Dar Rollins and Adam Schweitzer. Telio will report to MP Lit partners and co-heads Spencer Baumgarten, Harley Copen and Doug MacLaren. Their positions are effective immediately.
Association Of Talent Agents Reaches Out To WGA To Discuss New Franchise Agreement
The Association of Talent Agents has reached out to the WGA with an offer to sit down for informal talks in advance of negotiations for a new franchise agreement that governs how agencies represent writers. It's the first conciliatory move by either side since April, when the WGA East and West gave the ATA a 12-month notice to terminate their existing agreement, known as the Artists' Manager Basic Agreement.
In a letter to the heads of both unions, ATA executive director K… Read
Momentum Sports Merges Into CAA China
Momentum Sports, one of China’s leading marketing, brand consultation and athlete rep companies, has merged into CAA China. As part of the agreement, VC firm Legend Capital, an investor in Momentum Sports, will become a shareholder in CAA China. Momentum’s founder and CEO Mark Gao will work closely with CAA China CEO Mary Gu to help guide and grow the agency’s sports efforts throughout Asia.
Gao, the former Vice President of NBA China, formed Momentum in 2016. Focused on… Read
Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment Hires Eva Dickerman As Literary Manager
Eva Dickerman has joined Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment as a literary manager. Dickerman joins fellow managers Brooke Pobjoy and Tiffany Schloesser, as well as partners Naomi Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero.
Dickerman learned the ropes of the TV lit representation business at Verve Talent & Literary Agency where she most recently worked as an assistant in the TV lit department.
Before that, Dickerman, who attended Harvard University and Columbia Law School, practiced… Read
Manager Jeff Morrone Joins Atlas Artists
Atlas Artists, a subsidiary of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment, has hired veteran manager-producer Jeff Morrone, who is joining the Dave Fleming-led management company effective immediately. Morrone most recently was at Primary Wave Entertainment.
"Jeff is one of the most respected and experienced managers in town,” Fleming said. “His keen eye for talent and entrepreneurial vision for his clients make him a natural fit for Atlas Artists.”.
Added Morrone, "I'm honored… Read