Notes from the Rep Biz - 02-19-21

Notes from the Rep Biz - 02-19-21

At CAA:
 
CAA nabbed a few screenwriters of acclaim over the past couple of weeks, namely Michael Brandt (creator of Chicago Fire) and brothers Kaz and Ryan Firpo, co-writers of the forthcoming Eternals for Marvel and past Blacklist winners.
 
The agency also snagged rising filmmaker Isabel Sandoval (Venice premiere Lingua Franca) and busy TV director Anton Cropper.
 
On the producer side, Deniese Davis, a longtime collaborator of Issa Rae's, and her new company Reframe Media are now CAA clients, as is podcast network Lemonada Media.
 
At WME:
 
IMG Models has seen Gisele Bündchen depart the agency after two decades of unparalleled success, deciding to be managed exclusively by her sister, Patricia. While that void may never be filled, Natalia Bryant, one of the daughters of the late Kobe Bryant, has signed with IMG for modeling.
 
Other new signs in the Endeavor-verse include comedian/writer Jenny Yang, filmmaker/actress Carlson Young, in-demand TV director Tina Mabry and Taylor Zakhar Perez of Kissing Booth fame. Perez has also signed with Anonymous Content for management.
 
At UTA:
 
UTA added a pair of household names in new clients Jessica Alba and massively popular crime novelist Harlan Coben.
 
On the film side, UTA has signed Andrew Koji, the British-born actor who will be playing Storm Shadow in the upcoming G.I. Joe reboot, as well as Oscar-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated).
 
And finally, UTA has nabbed one of the men-of-the-moment in Nathan Evans, the musician who began the sea shanty craze with his rendition of "Soon May the Wellerman Come" on TikTok.
 
At ICM Partners:
 
Deborah Ann Woll, a fixture on TV since True Blood has signed with ICM, as have Fargo actress Kelsey Asbille and Cathy Ang, lead voice in the Netflix animated musical Over the Moon.
 
Renowned actor and producer of off-beat horror films Elijah Wood has also inked with ICM.
 
Elsewhere Around Town:
 
While we're all hoping this does not become a regular fixture of this blog, more marquee names have been dropped their agents in the wake of recent scandals. Armie Hammer is no longer repped by WME, Gina Carano is no longer a client of UTA, and Shia Labeouf is on a break from CAA.
 
Sources: The Hollywood ReporterDeadlineVariety, Billboard, Rolling Stone