Notes from the Rep Biz - 3-2-2018
Chinese actress Yu Nan has signed with Joe Austin. Yu was featured in The Expendables 2 and was the lead character in the Chinese blockbuster Wolf Warrior and appeared in the sequel, which was China’s highest grossing film of all time. She’ll next appear in the third Wolf Warrior film and was also a Dior brand ambassador in China.
After a year at CAA, actress Sienna Miller has returned to WME agented by Ari Emanuel, Elyse Scherz, Jessica Kovacevic, Roger Green, and Sylvie Rabineau. Miller starred as Maggie in the West End production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and will next be seen in the indie thriller The Burning Woman opposite Christina Hendricks and Aaron Paul. She continues to be repped by Dallas Smith at United Agents in the U.K.
Executive Michael Kives is leaving to launch K5 Global – a media and financial services advisory firm for corporations, governments, start ups and investors. At CAA Kives’ clients included Warren Buffett, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Katy Perry among others.
Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg has signed with Danielle Shebby, Hylda Queally, and Michael Katcher. Gainsbourg’s credits include Antichrist, The Little Thief, 21 Grams, and I’m Not There. She recently appeared in Ismael’s Ghost, which was in this past year’s Cannes film festival. She’s also a musician and her album Rest was released in November. She continues to be repped by agent Claire Blondel at Artemedia in France and manger in Kate Buckley at 42 in the U.K.
ABC News’ global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz has signed with Matt DelPiano. Since January 2016 Raddatz is currently the co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She also wrote the book The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family about the Iraq war, which was made into a limited series in 2017 for the National Geographic Channel.
Lit agent David Flynn is leaving his post at UTA for new digs as EVP international strategy for Paramount. Recently Flynn put together the package for Netflix’s Dark, and for the past ten years has repped international writers such as Laszlo Nemes, Ziad Douieri, Rupert Wyatt, and Drake Doremus.
Writer/director Larry Charles has signed with Carolyn Sivitz. Charles was a writer/producer on Sienfeld and was director/producer on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. On the feature side Charles directed Borat, and Sasha Baron Cohen’s follow-ups Bruno and The Dictator. Currently he is directing the limited series Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy.
Actress Jasmin Savoy Brown has signed with Andrew Kurland, Nathalie Didier, and Sarah R. Kelly. Brown is one of the stars on the new Shonda Rhimes drama For The People on ABC. She is best known for the role on HBO’s The Leftovers and has had reoccurring parts on TNT’s Will and Freeform’s Stichers. She’ll also be seen in the third season of Netflix’s Love. She continues to be managed by Sarah Baker Grillo at Bright Alliance Media.
The Mountain Between Us writer J. Mills Goodloe has signed with Harley Copen and Kathleen Remington. Goodloe also wrote the adaptations of Everything, Everything which also was released last year. His manager is Nicole Clemens at Anonymous Content.
Actor Rotimi Akinosho has signed with Nick Roses at Pantheon Talent. Akinosho who currently can be seen on the Starz drama Power will next appear in the thriller Acts of Violence opposite Bruce Willis. He continues to be managed by Brian Sher at Category 5 Entertainment.
TV host Jawn Murray has signed with Laura McDonald at Gersh. Murray who is a frequent commentator on Wendy Williams and has hosted specials for Travel Channel, NFL Network, and Epix.
Lionsgate executive Geoff Shaevitz is leaving to become a lit manager at Management 360. Shaevitz had been at Lionsgate since the merger with Summit in 2012.
Speaking of Management 360 – Washington Square manager Melissa Breaux has joined the company as a manager. It is believed that most of her clients will follow her to the new gig such as; Nicole Kassell, Sean Durkin, Antonio Campos, Josh Mond, Nicolas Pesce among others.
Innovative Artists agent Ken Lee is joining Brillstein Entertainment Partners as a manger working out of their New York office. It is believed all of Lee’s clients will be staying with him including Golden Globe winning actress Rachel Brosnahan, Rafael Casal, Jessie Pinnick, and Michael Torpey among others.
Sources: Variety, Deadline, Hollywood Reporter