Paradigm has signed UK actress Daisy Lewis, who joined PBS’s hit drama Downtown Abbey this season playing a new love interest for Tom Branson. Lewis appeared last year in Radius-TWC’s Pusher remake and starred opposite Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville in 2009′s From Time To Time, written and directed by Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes. She’s also appeared on Netflix’s Borgia and guested on Season 3 of BBC’s Doctor Who. Lewis is also repped by Independent Talent Group in the UK. Downton Abbey makes its U.S. Season 4 premiere on January 5.
Molly Ringwald has signed with Resolution. The actress is developing and exec producing a drama at Lifetime as a potential starring vehicle with Jon Scott Shepherd writing. Her credits range from the 1980s films Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink and The Breakfast Club to the 1996 ABC comedy Townies and a five-year run on The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. She continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment.
Emmy-nominated Cara Buono has signed with CESD for theatrical representation. The actress, writer, and director, who earned her Emmy nod for her Season 4 turn as Dr. Faye Miller on AMC’s Mad Men, also appeared on the final … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Resolution just signed Clifton Collins, Jr., in all areas. I’ve been watching this guy since he went mano a mano with Samuel Jackson in the Kevin Reynolds-directed One Eight Seven and his turn as murderer Perry Smith in Capote. He most recently co-starred in Pacific Rim and shot the Wally Pfister-directed Transcendence for Warner Bros and then back to back Terrence Malick projects Knight Of Cups and another that doesn’t yet have a title. Collins, who had been repped by APA, is managed by Industry Entertainment and attorney David Krintzman.
Katie Cates joins Resolution from the Kaplan Stahler Agency. She brings with her clients Daniel Knauf, showrunner of NBC’s Dracula and creator of HBO’s Carnivale; William Schmidt; female comedy duo Magee & Millan (Us & Them); Crevello & Niedermeyer (NBC’s The Fifth Wheel); J. Mackye Gruber (The Butterfly Effect); and Brown & Todd (Defiance). Prior to Kaplan Stahler, Cates was a coordinator at Gersh. She joins another recent Resolution TV lit hire, veteran Paradigm agent Ian Greenstein.
Agencies fighting over commissions on deals negotiated in the past for clients who have now moved on is nothing new in the courts but fighting over deals yet to happen is certainly a novel twist. Yet that’s what happened today when Jeff Berg’s Resolution filed a declaratory relief complaint (read it here) against his former agency ICM Partners over the latter’s seemingly persistent claims that it is entitled to commissions that “Resolution earns for some deals Resolution either has negotiated or will negotiate through the agents who used to be ICM Partners employees.” Essentially ICM, which has seen a numbers of its agents and their clients leave to join Berg since he formed Resolution in January, wants to enforce the employment contracts it had with the agents who left. To that end, ICM sent the new agency “a number of claim letters” supposedly “reserving rights,” according to the complaint filed in LA Superior Court Wednesday. Now Resolution wants the court to declare that “Plaintiff owes no duty whatsoever to Defendants with respect to commissions.” Interestingly, this comes at the time of year when the agencies see the most movement as contracts are up and bonuses are assigned. In their civil case request for a 5-day jury trial, Resolution also … Read More »
Longtime Paradigm literary agent Ian Greenstein has left the agency to join Resolution. The move came at the end of Greenstein’s most recent contract at Paradigm. It is unclear which clients will follow him, but the list will likely include longtime client Steven Cragg.
EXCLUSIVE:Resolution has signed Canadian filmmaker Jonathan Sobol, whose action comedy The Art Of The Steal world premiered this month in a Gala slot at the Toronto Film Festival. Sobol wrote and directed the pic, which stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos and Kathern Winnick in a tale of two brothers (Russell and Dillon) at odds who also happen to be thieves pulling one last big score as long their tenuous truce holds up. Dimension Films acquired U.S rights last year before production started. Sobol, whose credits include his debut feature A Beginners Guide To Endings, which played at Toronto in 2010, remains repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Jamie Feldman.
Yule Caise has signed with APA and 3 Arts Entertainment. In July, he was selected as the Fox Writers Intensive Fellow from among 10 finalists. Caise inked a development deal with FX Networks, in conjunction with Fox Broadcasting Co and 20th Century Fox Television, and will pitch a new original script to FX. His credits including writing and directing the 2010 comedy Swishbucklers. Caise is repped by attorney Linda Lichter.
Will Yun Lee has inked with Zero Gravity Management. The actor’s recent credits include The Wolverine and Total Recall and recurring roles on Hawaii Five-O and the new drama Intelligence. He also appeared in such films as Die Another Day and Elektra.
Lamorne Morris has signed with Resolution in all areas. He stars as Winston on Fox’s New Girl and recently joined the cast of the indie drama Sex Ed. Morris’ credits also include Comedy Central’s Drunk History and several independent features and shorts.
Today saw the first public lawsuit against Jeff Berg’s Resolution Agency since the former ICM chief started his own tenpercentery back in January. Resolution was sued in LA Superior Court this morning for fraud, breach of contract, wrongful termination, and emotional distress in a 6-count complaint from Martin Beck (read it here). The LA-based agent and 30-year ICM vet joined Resolution on July 8th but was terminated on August 2nd. Beck booked acts for Vegas casinos and was recruited by Resolution COO Jeff Franklin over the early part of the summer. Among Beck’s clients at ICM were Wayne Newton, Tony Orlando and Frankie Valli who’s hot again because of Jersey Boys. Beck claims in today’s filing that he signed a two-year contract with Resolution for an annual salary of around $165,000 and contends that his severe medical issues would be accommodated. He maintains that he was not expected to bring any clients with him but Newton actually did come over as client. The 11-page complaint notes that the relationship between Beck and Resolution soured after the agency failed to get Valli as a client. Beck says that he was let go after a flurry of emails about his performance and medical condition and seeks his two-year contract salary of $320,000 plus legal costs and penalties under the Fair Employment Act. Additionally, the suit paints Resolution as “fledgling and … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has signed with Resolution. Bachchan is considered the icon of the Indian film industry and recently starred in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. His breakthrough role was in the film Zanjeer which established his persona of the “angry young man” of Bollywood. Amitabh reworked the image of the Hindi film hero with major hits like Deewar, Sholay, Trishul and Don. He popularized the violent melodrama genre but had an equal flair for tragedies and comedies. Attesting to his popularity, the entire nation of India prayed for his recovery during a near fatal accident on a film set in 1982. The agency will look to build the Hollywood feature momentum that came with Gatsby. Bachchan was once set to star in the Warner Bros film Shantaram when the film got shelved because of the writer’s strike; it’s unclear whether he’ll be involved as it is coming back together with Joel Edgerton starring.
Actor Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Nightmare On Elm Street) has signed with Resolution. He previously was a client of WME. The 25-year-old most recently graced TV screens on The CW’s The Secret Circle and HBO’s Cinema Verite with James Gandolfini. His indie film streak of late includes Gregg Araki’s Kaboom, Catherine Hardwick’s Plush, and The White City. Dekker is also repped by The Schiff Co and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Onetime Dancing With The Stars contestant-turned-DWTS co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet has signed with CAA. She’s going into her seventh season co-hosting the ABC show, which she won in season 7. Burke-Charvet continues to be managed by Bx2 Management and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Resolution has signed maverick director Paul Verhoeven. The filmmaker had been at ICM Partners, but that became tenuous after his primary, Nicole Clemens, left to take an executive job at FX. He continues with longtime manager Marion Rosenberg.
It has been awhile since the blockbuster phase Verhoeven fell into right after arriving from the Netherlands when he helmed Robocop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct. The first two of those have been re-made, and it seems just a matter of time for the latter. The blockbusters ended with the release of Showgirls, a flop now regarded as something of a camp classic. More recently, Verhoeven’s Black Book was nominated for a BAFTA. He has other projects, but continues to work toward getting up and running with a movie informed by his book Jesus Of Nazareth. Muse Productions’ Chris Hanley, whose credits include American Psycho, has been funding development of a project that Verhoeven researched for two decades. Script is being written by Roger Avary, who shared the Academy Award for Best Original Script with Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction.
Verhoeven has been obsessed with the enduring legacy of Jesus Christ, but he has never embraced the miracles and resurrection that are detailed in The New Testament. That includes the virgin birth and the resurrection. Verhoeven doesn’t believe any of them happened. I wrote about Verhoeven’s ambitions in spring 2011, and it has been rough sledding. Among the theories spun by Verhoeven in the book: Jesus might have been the product of his mother being raped by a Roman soldier, which Verhoeven said was commonplace at the time, and that Jesus was a radical prophet who performed exorcisms and was convinced he would find the kingdom of Heaven on earth, and did not know he would be sentenced to die on the cross by Pontius Pilate. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: David Duchovny has signed with Resolution, and the agency will help the actor as he figures out the next chapter as the seventh and final season of his Showtime series Californication premieres next April. Duchovny had been repped by WME.Duchovny took that series after finishing up The X-Files and two spinoff feature films. On the feature side, he will next be seen starring opposite Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton in Louder Than Words. Duchovny continues to be repped by manager Melanie Greene at Affirmative Entertainment and attorney Peter Nelson.
EXCLUSIVE: Hot off an acclaimed performance in Woody Allen’s new film Blue Jasmine, Andrew Dice Clay has signed with Resolution. The agency will try to help him capitalize on a surprise breakout performance in Jasmine, which this past weekend had the biggest opening per-screen average of Allen’s career. While Clay stars opposite strong thesps Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Bobby Cannavale, critics have been singling him out for praise for his performance as a working stiff ruined by a white-collar crook. Clay showed acting promise early on in his stint on Michael Mann’s Crime Story TV series opposite the late Dennis Farina, but all that got overshadowed when his stand-up act began selling out stadiums. Clay most recently played himself in a story arc in the final season of HBO’s Entourage. It was that work that inspired Allen to cast him in Blue Jasmine. Clay is managed by Bruce Rubenstein.
EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Berg’s Resolution is launching a TV lit department with the hire of boutique TV lit agency Rothman Brecher Kim partner Dennis Kim, as senior television agent representing writers, producers and directors. Since unveiling Resolution in January, Berg has built up the motion picture lit and film and TV talent divisions of the agency with a number of high-profile hires. The appointment of Kim gives Resolution a toehold in the lucrative TV lit business. “Dennis provides us with a deep set of relationships across the broadcast and cable communities. He is a highly respected agent and will play a key role in developing our television business,” Berg said. “We are fortunate to have him join us as he will be working with many of our film clients as well as the writers and producers he has represented over the years.”
Kim began his career at UTA where he was promoted to agent off then-partner Gavin Polone’s desk. He joined The Rothman Agency in 1998 and was elevated to partner in 2012 when the agency’s name was changed to Rothman Brecher Kim. The agency, which recently has been approached by a number of companies about being acquired but has opted to remain independent, will now revert to its previous moniker Rothman Brecher. “We’re going to miss Dennis Kim, our partner for the last year and associate for the previous 14 years, who has elected to join Resolution Agency,” owners Robb Rothman and Dan Brecher said. “All of us at the company wish Dennis the best. Luckily we found some Rothman Brecher stationary in storage which will tide us over until the new stuff arrives”. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Joy Bryant has signed with Resolution Agency, reuniting her with a team led by her longtime CAA agent, Steve Alexander. Bryant, whose breakout came in Antwone Fisher, can currently be seen in her role as Jasmine Trussell on NBC’s Parenthood and will next be seen in the feature film About Last Night, starring opposite Kevin Hart and Paula Patton. She continues to produce and appear on the Reserve Channel’s web series Across the Board. She continues to be represented by Brian Young at Killer Moxie Management.
EXCLUSIVE: Hot off her best actress in a drama series win at the Critics Choice TV Awards last night, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany has signed with Resolution. Canadian Maslany had been without U.S. agency representation for a while and had been pursued by multiple agencies recently following her breakout performance on the BBC America drama. Last night, she edged the likes of Homeland‘s Claire Danes, Bates Motel‘s Vera Farmiga, Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies and The Americans‘ Keri Russell to land the Critics Choice nod and has emerged as a major Emmy contender as well. (Watch her acceptance speech below). Maslany, who also received a breakout performance special Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, continues to be managed by Magnolia Entertainment and repped by Characters Talent Agency in Canada.
Actor Gabriel Mann has signed with Jeff Berg’s Resolution Entertainment. He was at APA. Mann co-stars as tech billionaire Nolan Ross on the ABC drama Revenge. He will next be seen in Diego Luna’s Chavez, a biopic of civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez. His previous credits include features The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Life Of David Gale and a recurring role on Mad Men. Mann continues to be managed by Van Johnson and repped by attorney Allison Binder.
Grammy winner Patti LaBelle has signed with Resolution, where the newly formed agency will oversee the booking of her concerts and speaking engagements as well as her TV and film opportunities. She will be repped by Jeff Franklin and Phil Casey, and Everly Lee for movies and TV. LaBelle is currently recording new music and will announce summer tour dates soon; she also has written five books and has signature food and bedding lines. She continues to be managed by Zuri Edwards.
Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger, Boomtown) has signed with Jeff Berg’s Resolution talent agency. He was most recently at Paradigm. McDonough recently did a high-profile arc on FX’s Justified and is currently shooting Frank Darabont’s upcoming TNT period crime drama series Lost Angels. He will next be seen in Summit’s upcoming Red 2. McDonoughcontinues to be managed by Tony Lipp at Anonymous Content.