Notes from the Rep Biz - 05-22-2020

Notes from the Rep Biz - 05-22-2020

The past couple of weeks have seen a number of agents from firms where furloughs and layoffs have had major impacts jump to new companies and/or roles, and one major PR firm is vanishing. Let's take a look ...
 
At WME:
 
Lit agents Matt Solo, Jordan Cerf and Mike Fera have each made the move to become managers, and all are headed to traditionally strong firms. Solo will join 3 Arts, Cerf is going to Mosaic, and Fera will be with Kaplan/Perrone. More moves such as these are expected to come out of WME, where the belt-tightening has been particularly harsh.
 
Joel Zimmerman, formerly head of WME's EDM touring division, is departing the agency. We will update his new job when it is confirmed.
 
Otherwise, WME did sign filmmaker Bert Marcus, whose credits as a director and/or producer include the recent festival premieres Bull and Human Capital
 
At CAA:
 
Talent agent Scott Metzger joins CAA from Paradigm, bringing with him a strong roster of largely NY-based actors, but also movie stars Zoë Kravitz and Ezra Miller. Paradigm has gotten some of the worst press for its personnel decisions throughout the COVID crisis, so some defections were to be expected.
 
Agent Fatmata Kamara, who had only been with CAA for a few years, is returning to A3 (formerly Abrams Artists Agency) where she got her start. While at Abrams, she signed a number of actors on the rise, including Winston Duke, who followed her to CAA. It is unclear which of her clients will make the move back to A3.
 
CAA has also signed some talent in recent weeks, including perhaps the hottest director/producers in Hollywood, Joe and Anthony Russo. In addition to the Russos and their AGBO banner, CAA has signed actors Dan Stevens and Sebastian Stan, as well as Cheer star Morgan Simianer and YouTuber Marko Terzo.
 
At UTA:
 
Andrew and Jon Erwin, the brothers behind faith-based hits I Can Only Imagine and I Still Believe are now with the agency.
 
Other new signs for UTA include Rachel Mason, the director of the acclaimed doc Circus of Books, author/news personality Jenna Bush Hager, and twenty-five-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, the first African-American to shoot a Vogue cover.
 
Elsewhere Around Town:
 
In a sign of the times, Gersh has signed Dr. Anne Rimoin in the branding space. She is a UCLA epidemiologist and frequent TV news contributor.
 
APA has signed screenwriter/producer Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night).
 
And, finally, venerable PR firm BWR looks like it is no more. Parent company Burson Cohn & Wolfe announced the decision yesterday to close BWR down, and to absorb at least some of its business into the BCW Entertainment banner. Since then, the word has been that a number of veteran BWR publicists will depart to form their own venture(s), but we're still waiting to confirm this. Some of BWR's most notable clients include Adam Sandler, Zoe Saldana and Padma Lakshmi.
 
Sources: The Hollywood ReporterDeadlineVariety