Notes from the Rep Biz - 10-23-20

Notes from the Rep Biz - 10-23-20

At UTA:
 
UTA has had a busy couple of weeks, seeing co-head of digital media Greg Goodfried depart the agency to run the D'Amelio family's media business (that's TikTok stars Charli and Dixie, as well as their parents) and the arrival of veteran talent agent Andrea Nelson-Meigs from ICM Partners. Nelson-Meigs has a very strong reputation in the business, having guided Beyoncé's transition into the film world. We have begun to confirm clients making the move with Nelson-Meigs, but Beyoncé's status is still TBD.
 
In the influencer space, UTA has signed the one and only Paris Hilton, as well rising YouTube star Bretman Rock, a major force in the beauty world.
 
Other new signs for UTA include Broadway star Eva Noblezada (Hadestown), Brandon Leake, winner of America's Got Talent, and UK-based writer/director Will Sharpe.
 
At CAA:
 
CAA's moves of the past couple weeks prove the growing importance of a diversified media portfolio in contemporary Hollywood. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, a titan of the streaming gameplay world, is now a CAA client, as is popular YouTube chef and author Claire Saffitz.
 
In the worlds of fashion and beauty, CAA has added the legendary Claudia Schiffer and rising model Duckie Thot to its roster.
 
And finally, because Riverdale is still Riverdale, actress Madelaine Petsch is now a client as well. Sidebar, she has over 20m followers on Instagram and 6m+ on YouTube.
 
Elsewhere Around Town:
 
UK powerhouse agency Curtis Brown Group has acquired one of its smaller (but still very formidable) competitors, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin. The MFI roster includes such names as Chiwetel Ojiofor, Theo James, Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln.
 
Lucas Bravo a break-out from the new Netflix series Emily in Paris is now with WME.
 
ICM Partners has added the always-busy Teresa Palmer (A Discovery of Witches), as well as popular TikTok'er Mae Gomez.
 
APA has signed actresses Audrey Esparza (Blindspot) and Jade Tailor (The Magicians).
 
Innovative Artists has signed BlackList-ed screenwriter Evan Mirzai, along with popular character actor Adrian Martinez (perhaps most recognizable from his "Cheesehad" State Farm ads).
 
A3 Artists Agency has added actors Austin Nichols (The Walking Dead) and Tuc Watkins, one of the stars of Netflix's acclaimed The Boys in the Band.
 
Gersh has signed the inimitable Chris Harrison, while IMG Models has branched out to sign NFL star DeAndre Hopkins and playwright Jeremy O. Harris.
 
Sources: The Hollywood ReporterDeadlineVariety