The first woman to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is now with Creative Artists Agency. CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo will be represented by the agency in all areas. Presently the anchor of CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo as well as host and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, the journalist’s latest deal with the business news network is set to expire at the end of this year. Bartiromo has been on-air with CNBC since 1993, after several years as behind the camera at CNN. As well as reporting on the Street, Bartiromo has had a side career playing herself on the big screen. She has appeared in features Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Inside Job and Arbitrage among others. A frequent talk show guest and pundit , news footage of Bartiromo also appeared in a 2003 episode of The Sopranos.
Dree Hemingway has signed with William Morris Endeavor. The actress will be represented in all areas by the agency with the exception of her modelling career. Previously without an agency in the U.S., Hemingway (Yes, of that Hemingway family) will continue to be managed by Framework Entertainment and co-agented by Independent in the UK. Hemingway was most recently seen Stateside as “Jane” in the indie drama Starlet directed by Sean Baker. The film won the Robert Altman Award, given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast, at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards. Last year, Hemingway appeared in the French comedy, Nous York, the sequel to the Cesar-nominated Tout Ce Qui Brille. She is set to star in the upcoming Ryan Piers Williams-directed ensemble drama X/Y with Amber Tamblyn and America Fererra,
Hot off Blue Caprice being picked up by Sundance Selects this week, lead actor Isaiah Washington has new management. Two new managers actually. Instead of having an agency, Washington and his Coalhouse Productions have signed with both Caliber Media and Inqlusion Entertainment for representation in all areas. The former Grey’s Anatomy actor was previously with APA. In the Beltway sniper saga Blue Caprice, Washington plays John Allen Muhammad, the older of the two shooters who terrorized the DC and Baltimore area in October 2002. Acting as a father figure, Muhammad instructed Lee Boyd Malvo, played by Tequan Richmond in the film, in the ways of murder. Their rampage left 10 dead and three critically wounded. Washington also served as Executive Producer on the Alexandre Moors-directed film.
Suze Orman and ICM Partners are heading into the digital arena together. The finance expert is expanding her relationship with ICM and will launch a production company developing scripted and non-scripted entertainment projects. The agency previously repped the bestselling author’s literary interests but will now additionally represent Orman across her award-winning television, radio, and QVC product line and her Suze Orman Enterprises. Orman’s slate includes a college accredited Personal Finance Course launching this spring, a series of Financial Literacy PSAs she’s producing to debut in the Phillippines, and her Suze Orman Show on CNBC, which is now in its 12th year on air.
EXCLUSIVE: ESPN Fantasy Sports Analyst Matthew Berry has signed with United Talent Agency. UTA will be representing Berry, who was previously with CAA, in all areas. As well as appearing on ESPN 2’s Fantasy Football Now, the Sports Emmy-winning Berry is the Disney-owned sports network’s senior Fantasy Sports pundit and a columnist for its website. He also co-hosts the daily Fantasy Focus podcast for ESPN. A former Hollywood TV and movie screenwriter, Berry has been with ESPN since 2007. He will continue to also be repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: New media artist and director Kenzo Digital has signed with United Talent Agency. The former Wieden & Kennedy creative director will be represented by the agency in film and television. Known for his elaborate and stylized multi-media productions, Digital has worked with the likes of NIKE, Kanye West, and most noticeably Beyoncé for both her performance at last year’s Billboard Music Awards and last week’s United Nation’s World Humanitarian Day. Digital’s sample generated coming of age film City Of God’s Son, which included scenes from classic gangster movies and hip-hop videos of the 1990s and appearances by Samuel L. Jackson, Al Pacino and Jay-Z among others, was an online viral hit back in 2010. His documentary Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer chronicled the classic hop-hop snapper. Currently the video director at artist Nam June Paik’s studio, Digital’s work has appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Guggenheim Museum as well as the U.K.’s Tate Museum, and National Gallery of Art.
IFA Talent Agency’s Ilene Feldnman and team have added Ed Speleers to their roster. In the spring it was announced that the actor would be joining ITV’s period drama series as Jimmy the footman. Downton Abbey’s third season debuts later this year. Speleers is best known for his title role in the 2006′s dragon thriller Eragon. As well as producing the feature Beslan, based on the fatal Russian school hostage taking of September 2004, Speleers will be seen in the upcoming horror comedy Love Bite, with Timothy Spall and Jessica Szohr. Speleers is also repped by Independent Talent and managed by the UK’s Firefly.
Darcy Rose Byrnes has signed with UTA. The teen starred as Penny Scavo on Desperate Housewives from its seventh season in 2010 until the ABC series ended this year. She also starred on The Young and the Restless. Byrnes is working now on the series Sofia The First from Disney, Nickelodeon’s The Winx Club as well as the network’s The Legend of Korra. Byrnes is managed by Curtis Talent Management.
With his HBO series Entourage coming to an end after eight seasons, Kevin Connolly has shaken things up and signed with CAA. Connolly will be looking to build a career beyond the series that launched him, in which he plays Vincent Chase’s childhood friend-turned-manager. Connolly will do it both as an actor and a director. He’s been seen in Secretariat, He’s Just Not That Into You, The Ugly Truth and The Notebook. He directed the 2007 indie feature Gardener of Eden, and helmed the second-to-last episode of Entourage. He’ll next direct the comedy Adrenaline, scripted by Justin Ware. Connolly had been at WME. Principato/Young continues to manage him.
EXCLUSIVE: Colin Ford, who stars as Matt Damon’s son in Cameron Crowe’s upcoming We Bought a Zoo, has signed with UTA. The 15-year-old also is about to begin production on Henry-Alex Rubin’s indie drama Disconnect opposite Alexander Skarsgard, Frank Grillo and Michael Nyqvist. Ford voices the title character on Disney Channel’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates and recurs on the CW’s Supernatural. He continues to be repped by manager Lainie Sorkin Becky at Management 360, the Osbrink Agency and attorney PJ Shapiro.
Veteran TV director/producer Brad Turner has signed with UTA. He was previously with APA. Turner most recently served as co-executive producer/director on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and was previously executive producer/director of 24. He is currently shooting Homeland for Showtime. Turner’s series directing credits also include Alias, Battlestar Galactica, Prison Break and Bones. He is additionally repped by manager Jessica Pettelle and lawyer Cliff Gilbert-Lurie.
Italian fashion designer Domenico Vacca has signed with ICM for representation in all areas including licensing, television, branding, film and commercials. A favorite among Hollywood actors and costume designers, he has clothed stars in films and TV series including American Gangster, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Son Of No One, The Inside Man, FX’s Damages and HBO’s In Treatment and Entourage. The luxury label has stores worldwide.
UTA has signed former King of Queens star Leah Remini, currently a co-host of CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk alongside creator Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete and Sharon Osbourne. Remini, who comes to UTA from TalentWorks, where she was repped by long-time agent Harry Gold, continues to be with attorney Jon Moonves. Remini, who started her career as a teenager on Living Dolls and Saved by the Bell, recently starred opposite Chelsea Handler and Jenny McCarthy in the Web series In the Motherhood.
No doubt that the theater, opera, and film director is both a genius and a handful. Julie Taymor was recently replaced as director of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark after the accident-plagued musical became known as the most expensive production in the history of The Great White Way. She also has fought with almost every producer of her movies. The main problem has been that no one wants to give her the same free rein with her creativity that Disney did when she brought The Lion King to the stage in 1997 in a stunning production that continues to play around the world to this day. Her first feature film, Titus, was a startling reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, her Frida received six Oscar nominations, her Across the Universe starred U2 lead singer Bono (with whom she collaborated on Spider-Man), and her film version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest cast Helen Mirren in the role of the sorcerer Prospero usually played by a male actor. There’s probably an Oscar with Taymor’s name on it in the future, but only if ICM’s Jeff Berg can help her to function within Hollywood’s constraints.
Film and TV writer Bobby Moresco has signed with ICM. He co-wrote and co-produced Crash with Paul Haggis and won an Academy Award as well as the BAFTA, WGA, and Indie Spirit awards, as well as the Humanitas Prize for his original screenplay. Moresco’s other credits include NBC’s The Black Donnellys, which he co-created and co-executive produced with Haggis. Moresco also co-produced Million Dollar Baby. His most recent writing credits include Charlie Lucky Luciano and Castro’s Daughter, which is currently in pre-production with Michael Radford set to direct. Moresco is managed by David Guillod.
EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Susco, who scripted the horror hit The Grudge and its sequel, has been signed by Verve. Susco most recently co-wrote and produced with Sam Raimi an untitled Ole Bornedal-directed horror film. Susco, who’d been repped by CAA, is currently developing The Brink with Gore Verbinski and Starz. Susco continues to be managed by Prolific.
EXCLUSIVE.. UPDATE: Larry King has moved from WME to ICM for representation in all areas. The former CNN talk-show host of Larry King Live for 25 years as well as author and TV/radio personality is set for four CNN specials during the next few years, including an exclusive interview with the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 cast on July 10. I have a feeling that back in January/February CNN would have liked Larry back given that his replacement Piers Morgan’s ratings were in the cellar. They have since improved. King is an Emmy and Peabody Award winner with 10 CableACE Awards who has interviewed every living U.S. President and First Lady since Nixon.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Ugly Betty star America Ferrera has signed with ICM. The Emmy-winning actress had been without an agent for the past few months since leaving WME, where she was a long-time client from the Endeavor side of the company. She signed with ICM after meeting with several other agencies. Following her breakthrough performance in the indie Real Women Have Curves, Ferrera hit stardom on TV as the lead of the ABC dramedy Ugly Betty, which earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe. She recently did an arc on CBS’ drama The Good Wife. Ferrera’s feature credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and How To Train Your Dragon franchises. She continues to be represented by UK agent Christian Hodell, manager Jon Rubinstein and attorney Jodi Peikoff.