July 2017 Agency Moves, From Katie Couric and Mark Boal to the Director of “Insurgent”


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The Highlight Reel

  • Over the past few years, Katie Couric has become a brand name in the documentary space, highlighting important social issues in films such as Fed Up and Under the Gun. She’s a beloved personality thanks to her time on the Today show, and frankly, she has a versatility that WME should be able to do a lot with. Solid signing right there. The same goes for Mark Boal. I may not have liked Detroit, but I’ll always respect Boal, and there’s no arguing that his signing was a coup for WME. There are only so many screenwriters who the public knows by name, like Aaron Sorkin or Charlie Kaufman. Boal is one of them. He has a brand, and I have no doubt that his next film will be a return to form for the former journalist.
  • Elsewhere, WME also signed Insurgent/Allegiant director Robert Schwentke and up-and-coming actor Sunny Suljic, the “hottest 11-year-old thesp in town,” according to a breathless Deadline exclusive posted an hour after our own. Suljic co-stars alongside Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in the upcoming A24 film The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and has been busy shooting Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid-90s. Will he become the next Jonathan Lipnicki, or the next Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Meanwhile, Schwentke is a complete mystery to me right now. Will he get the chance to make something he’s passionate about (and what is that, exactly?), or is he a Hollywood hack for hire (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I just want to know if he’s a hired gun, or someone I should be personally invested in as a filmmaker.
  • Not to be outdone, Paradigm made a bunch of signings in July, highlighted by Cesar Millan, the “Dog Whisperer” and personality who’s an appealing family-friendly brand with more than a million Twitter followers. Paradigm also signed Rhys Coiro, who I always liked as Billy Walsh on Entourage. I hope Hollywood finds him something cool, like his own cop show. I could also see him as a serial killer or a doctor, perhaps the Noah Wyle to someone else’s George Clooney. Just saying, I like this guy, and I hope Paradigm finds him more work. The also signed Miranda Richardson, and don’t sleep on that one. The English actress is said to be really good in Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger, and she could prove to be a serious factor in this year’s awards race.
  • Anonymous Content made a smart move in signing The Onion, which used to be represented by David Miner, now at 3 Arts. The signing comes as the Onion aims to further expand its film and business for its brands, which include A.V. Club and ClickHole. The goal is to  based on the humor site’s content, and build on the Onion’s new movie pact with Lionsgate, as well as its weekly series on Fusion .
  • And finally, while a lot of agencies were busy staffing up and promoting coordinators, a special shoutout is due to a pair of Communications chiefs — veteran Brad Turell, who takes over at ICM for Michelle Suess and Sarah Shulman, an up-and-coming flack who’s been tapped to head communications for Verve. I had a great experience working with Sarah at ICM, which is of course in wonderful hands with Paradigm veteran and family man Turell. Congrats to both of them and their respective new agencies!

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Katie Couric WME
Mark Boal (Oscar-winning writer, The Hurt Locker) WME
Robert Schwentke (Insurgent/Allegiant director) WME
Sunny Suljic N/A WME
Poppy Delevingne (Actress/model) N/A WME-IMG
Quinn Shephard (Blame writer-director) N/A WME
Ken Olin (This Is Us executive producer) N/A WME
French Montana (Rapper/singer) N/A WME
Justine Ezarik (aka YouTube creator iJustine) UTA WME
Donut Media N/A WME
Lisa and Lena Mantler (Social media sensations) N/A WME
Hilary Zaitz Michael (Lit Packaging agent) Groundswell WME
Ashley Holland ( agent) WME
Yvonne Orji UTA
Christine Evangelista N/A UTA
Louis Hunter N/A UTA
Marque Richardson N/A UTA
Phillipa Soo N/A UTA
Kulap Vilaysack N/A UTA
Jeezy (Rapper) N/A UTA
Jeremih (Singer/rapper) N/A UTA
Neil Bajaj (Talent agent) N/A UTA
Steven Bombino (Talent agent) N/A UTA
Jenna Gates (Talent agent) N/A UTA
David Zedeck (Global Head of Music) N/A UTA
Kylie Rogers N/A ICM
Cody Simpson (Australian singer-songwriter) N/A ICM
Andy Karl N/A ICM
Ian Arougheti ( agent) Innovative ICM
Kristen Konvitz ( Finance agent) Stay Gold ICM
Oliver Wheeler ( Finance agent) N/A ICM
Brad Turell (Head of Corporate Communications) Paradigm ICM
Miranda Richardson N/A Paradigm
Alexis Knapp N/A Paradigm
Rhys Coiro UTA Paradigm
Ashley Rickards UTA Paradigm
Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer host) WME Paradigm
Kimmy Gatewood N/A Gersh
Rebekka Johnson N/A Gersh
Sara Nestor ( agent) N/A Verve
Nicky Mohebbi ( agent) N/A Verve
Sarah Shulman (Head of Corporate Communications) ICM Verve
Mary Gu Shuhang (CEO) N/A China
The Onion N/A Anonymous Content
Shawna Craig N/A Chrome Entertainment
Malese Jow Authentic Abrams/Mach 1
Todd Eisner (Talent agent) Innovative Abrams Artists
Matt Gogal (Talent agent) TalentHouseLA Abrams Artists
Katie Gamelli (Theatrical Lit agent) N/A Abrams Artists
Lucia Chiao (Manager) Green Room Rothman Andres
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