We’re happy to announce that CAA agents Jacquie Katz and Praveen Pandian and Untitled Entertainment manager Jennifer Au have signed 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition Top Comedy Winner Shira Hoffman! CAA, of course, is a titan in this town, and Katz and Pandian are stars on the rise within the agency. Well-established within the industry, Au honed her skills at Untitled Entertainment, CAA and The Firm before working as a literary manager at Caliber Media for two years. She made her welcome return to Untitled as a manager earlier this year.
In front of the camera, Untitled represents some of the hottest talent in the business, from Eddie Redmayne to Elizabeth Banks, with a focus on finding talent with distinct voices and, most importantly, something to say. Au subscribes to this idea, signing writers with unique points of view who are serious about their careers–and Hoffman is no exception.
Just this year, Hoffman won Top Comedy in the 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition and was honored on the 2015 Young & Hungry List. A lot of well-deserved buzz surrounds her pilot Late Bloomer, which won her the top spot in the Launch Pad Pilot Competition and garnered the attention of a number of managers before Hoffman and Au joined forces. Hoffman’s signing with Au makes her the 103rd Launch Pad writer to land representation.
Late Bloomer is not only a sitcom that could be on the air tomorrow, it was a favorite with our judges every step of the way. When an awkward young woman who has been struggling to make her mark as a writer finally hits puberty at age 25, she realizes it’s both a blessing and a curse as she can share her experience with the world.
Hailing from Boston, Hoffman double-majored in theater and creative writing at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Following that, she was a student at both The Second City in Chicago and The Groundlings in Los Angeles, where she has studied, written and performed sketch comedy.
Parker Mills | Staff Writer