Notes from the Rep Biz - 8-23-2019

Notes from the Rep Biz - 8-23-2019


WME certainly won the traditionally sleepy month of August in Hollywood. The agency announced the signings of no fewer than three major stars: Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Stewart and Ben Mendelsohn. Of the three, McConaughey may have the edge for household name, but Stewart is not far behind, and Mendelsohn has become one of the most in-demand supporting actors in Hollywood. McConaughey's new team includes Patrick Whitesell and Brent Morley, while Stewart is now repped by Elyse Sherz and Jessica Kovacevic. We're still waiting to confirm Mendelsohn's reps.

Kristen Stewart is a particularly interesting sign, as she had spent her career to this point at Gersh, a much smaller agency by comparison. Many stars would have looked for representation at the big four immediately after landing a global phenomenon like Twilight, but Stewart stuck it out with Gersh as she pursued increasingly serious work. Now perhaps with Charlie's Angels on the horizon, she's ready to just be a big ol' movie star.


Producers, entrepreneurs, hosts and home improvement experts Chip and Joanna Gaines have brought their business to UTA, including their busy brand/production entity, Magnolia. They will be represented by a team that includes UTA head of alternative TV, Brett Hansen.

BrookeAB is one of many signings UTA has made of late in the gaming/game-streaming arena. That division is spearheaded by Hana Tjia.


GMA co-host Sara Haines is a new sign for Kevin Huvane.

At ICM Partners:

Actress/musician/fashion icon Charlotte Gainsbourg has signed with a team that includes Carter Cohn, Craig Shapiro and Nathalie Didier.

At Gersh:

Ellen Barkin has ended a long relationship with CAA to sign with Allison Band and Jason Gutman.

Management & PR:

Authentic Talent and Literary Management, a company that has been growing over the past several years, has added six new managers to its fold. Among them are ex-Untitled heavyweights Beth Holden-Garland and Michael Lazo, as well as former UTA agent Gennifer Lieber, former Generate manager Adam P. Segal, Avi Lipski (late of Brookside and Cinetic in New York), and Allie Veneris, who comes from Management 360. In addition, the company has made veteran managers Jane Berliner and Anne Woodward heads of the New York and LA offices, respectively. Woodward will share her duties with fellow manager Sean Elliott.

Sources: The Hollywood ReporterDeadlineVariety