Paradigm Signs 17 New Clients (Including 13 from WMA); Loses Damon Wayans; Promotes 2 Agent Trainees

paradigm.JPGParadigm has gotten busy in the past two weeks. It announced today that its TV Lit department has signed 9 new clients from the former William Morris Agency and 4 other TV Lit clients from UTA, Endeavor, APA and one unrepresented. Coming over from WMA are: Chris Alberghini & Mike Chessler (Cashmere Mafia, Reba), Jennifer Fisher (Bill Engvall), Stephen Godchaux (Dead Like Me, Spin City), Felicia Henderson (Fringe), Barnet Kellman (Monk, Samantha Who), Richard Kramer (Judging Amy), Matthew Pyken (Knight Rider, Las Vegas), Arlene Sanford (Grey’s Anatomy, Medium).

Signed from other agencies are Antonia Ellis (Men In Trees, Sex And The City) from APA; Stephen Kronish (24) from Endeavor; Chuck Martin (Arrested Development) from UTA; Terence Nightingall (ER).

Paradigm also announced that recently hired WMA talent agent Erwin More has added four more actor clients from Morris:  Brandy, David James Elliott, Tom Everett Scott, and Gregory Smith.

Also, Damon Wayans has left Paradigm as a client after just six months there. The agency had been negotiating a series deal for him and had just secured a book deal for him. Paradigm claims it will still be working with him on on-going projects, and he will remain a literary client, “But in other areas he will move on. He is wonderfully talented, we want the best for him now and in the future and we knew going in that he tends to move around a lot,” an agency insider tells me. Paradigm got into biz with Wayans in early December.

Paradigm also announced today that Jason Cunningham (talent) and Ida Ziniti (motion picture lit) have been promoted from the agent training program to full agents effective immediately.

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