Rhys Wakefield has signed with ICM Partners. The Australian actor is onscreen in Endless Love, and his other credits include The Purge, Nobody Walks and The Black Balloon, for which he earned Best Actor noms from the Australian …
EXCLUSIVE: Three months after APA launched a Physical Production department with the hire of Paradigm agents Jay Gilbert and Gil Harari, the agency is expanding the department in a big way by bringing in virtually the entire staff of the Montana Artists Agency, whose sole focus is representing below-the-line talent. Montana toppers Matt Birch and Ralph Berge will serve as SVP and co-heads of APA’s physical production department alongside Gilbert and Harari. Coming with them from Montana are VP Brady Torgeson, agent Julian Savodivker, agent Amanda Pecora-Sutphen, and business affairs executive Larry Sheffield. While this is not an agency acquisition, it is unclear what the future holds for Montana, whose staff has been gutted by the exodus to APA, with only two agents remaining, Karen Berch (TV & features) and Nick Malkin (commercials). “I could not be more pleased to have Matt, Ralph and their team join our new Physical Production division launched earlier this year with Jay and Gil,”said APA president and CEO, Jim Gosnell. “These new hires make our division one of the largest of its kind in the industry, where we now represent some of the successful names in below-the-line feature and television production worldwide.” Montana’s clients include Matthew Jensen, Director of Photography for The Fantastic Four, Paul Harb, editor for The Expendables 3, Denise Pazzini, production designer for Fox pilot Fatrick and Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko, costume designer for Fox series Hieroglyph.
UPDATE 11:37 AM: Police say no device was found and have given the all-clear after a reported bomb threat at APA’s Beverly Hills agency. They say it was a prank. Everyone has returned to the offices.
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EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated director and animator Timothy Reckart has signed with APA and The Gotham Group. Reckart specializes in stop-motion animation and gained acclaim earlier this year for Head Over Heels. The only Oscar-nominated animated short that was a student film, it examines a marriage from a unique perspective where the wife lives on the ceiling and the husband on the floor. It was his student thesis at the National Film & Television School in the UK. Reckart has a BA in history and literature from Harvard University and an MA in directing animation from the National Film & Television School.
Veteran Jeff Melman, a six-time Emmy nominee, recently has directed episodes of Modern Family, Animal Practice, Happy Endings and Community. He was formerly with ICM Partners.
Ted Kotcheff has served as director/executive producer on Law & Order: SVU for the past 12 seasons. His feature directorial credits include Weekend At Bernie’s, Switching Channels and First Blood. He continues to be managed by Craig Baumgarten. He was with ICM.
EXCLUSIVE: APA has signed UK screenwriter and playwright Kevin Hood. He most recently scripted Reykjavik, the Cold War drama that Participant Media has slated for production early this year with Ridley Scott producing, and Mike Newell directing Michael Douglas and Christoph Waltz. Hood also co-wrote Girl’s Night Out, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Hoffman, which is scheduled to start lensing this year. In addition to a long list of credits in British television, Hood co-created the BBC’s longest-running primetime crime drama Silent Witness. He also created and executive produced the network’s drama In A Land Of Plenty, based on the novel by Tim Pears. Hood is also known for his rewrite on the Miramax feature Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway.