Brian Van Holt, who plays Courteney Cox’s good-natured ex-husband on Cougar Town, has signed with APA in all areas. He had been with Paradigm. Van Holt’s TV credits include starring in David Milch’s HBO series John From Cincinnati. On the feature side, he appeared in Black Hawk Down and S.W.A.T. and most recently was seen opposite Sylvester Stallone and Jason Momoa in Bullet To The Head.
UPDATED: Everly Lee, agent in APA‘s talent department, has left the agency after a four-year stint to join Jeff Berg‘s Resolution Agency. Her APA contract was up and the two parties opted not to renew it. Lee’s clients have included Bow Wow, Brandy and Malinda Williams. Lee has been a talent agent since 2002, first at UTA and then Global Artists Agency, before joining APA in 2009.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Former UTA agent Rob Kim is joining APA as a VP after a five-month stint at Untitled Entertainment. At Untitled, Kim served as a literary and talent manager, and was to help set up and run the firm’s new dedicated television production arm. I hear he didn’t feel management was a good fit for him and wanted to return to agenting. Kim is expected to start at APA on Monday. “We’re thrilled to have Rob join our ranks,” said APA EVP and partner Lee Dinstman. “His experience working with some of the top showrunners, producers and talent in the industry will be an enormous resource as APA continues to grow.”
I hear Untitled, which has four series on the air that it had set up before Kim’s arrival, including HBO’s Enlightened and Showtime’s upcoming Ray Donovan, plans to hire a replacement. Kim was a 17-year veteran UTA TV lit and packaging agent when he left the agency in 2009 to run client Ed Bernero’s ABC Studios-based production company. While at UTA, Kim represented writers and actors, including Drew Goddard (Lost), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Chris Henchy (The Other Guys), Mike Kelley (Revenge), Steve Molaro (The Big Bang Theory), Chris Mundy (Low Winter Sun), Nelly (The Longest Yard), Brooke Shields (Lipstick Jungle), Vanessa Taylor (Game Of Thrones), Garland Testa (King Of The Hill) and Alex Woo (True Blood). It is …
EXCLUSIVE: Horror author and screenwriter Steve Niles has signed with APA for film, publishing and TV. The creator of the 30 Days Of Night comic, Niles wrote the screenplay for the 2007 movie adaptation and its 2010 sequel 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days. As well as writing several video games, Niles is currently working on a Coming Of Rage graphic novel with Wes Craven; Craven is attached to direct a possible movie adaptation. David Gordon Green has been attached to direct an adaptation of Niles’ Freaks Of The Heartland comic miniseries. The author is working on comics for DC Comics, Dark Horse, IDW and Image, with a recently released The Thing digital prequel. Attorney Erik Hyman also represents Niles.
WME – 30 Winners
CAA – 29 Winners
UTA – 15 Winners
ICM - 10 Winners
APA – 4 Winners
Paradigm – 2 Winners
Gersh – 2 Winners
Innovative Artists – 1 Winner
Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Directing For a Miniseries Or A Movie
Jay Roach, Game Change
Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Miniseries or Movie: Game Change
Jay Roach, Executive Producer
Outstanding Drama Series: Homeland
Alex Gansa, Executive Producer
Howard Gordon, Executive Producer
Michael Cuesta, Executive Producer
Gideon Raff, Executive Producer
Avi Nir, Executive Producer
Ran Telem, Executive Producer
Alexander Cary, Co-Executive Producer
Meredith Stiehm, Consulting Producer
Cindy Chupack, Co-Executive Producer
Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger (PBS)
Kevin Clash, Producer
Outstanding Nonfiction Special: George Harrison: Living In The Material World (HBO)
Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Executive Producer For Sikelia Productions
Produced by Martin Scorsese
Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Children’s Hospital (Cartoon Network)
Rob Corddry, Executive Producer
David Wain, Executive Producer
Outstanding Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jill Katz, Producer
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Kevin Bleyer, Writer
John Oliver, Writer
Jason Ross, Writer
EXCLUSIVE: APA has signed Icelandic actor Olafur Darri Olafsson, who stars in the Baltasar Kormakur-directed The Deep as a fisherman who becomes the remarkable lone survivor after the ship went down miles off Iceland in the middle of the winter. He swam back to shore in temperatures that quickly killed all his shipmates, and should have been cold enough to kill any human.
Olafsson was actually born in Connecticut but has lived most of his life Iceland, where he starred in Kormakur’s Reykjavik-Rotterdam (remade as Universal’s Contraband), and King’s Road. He wrapped a supporting role opposite Ben Stiller in Fox’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. He is repped in the UK by John Grant of Conway Van Gelder.
The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift star had been with UTA. Bow Wow, whose real name is Shad Moss, also starred in Tyler Perry’s 2011 film Madea’s Big Happy Family, 2010’s The Lottery Season and 2009’s Hurricane Season with Ice Cube. After first gaining fame as a rapper, he debuted on the big screen with a cameo in 2001′s All About The Benjamins, followed by his first lead role in 2002′s Like Mike. Bow Wow also had a recurring role in Season 6 of HBO’s Entourage. His next film, the thriller Recalled, premiered this summer at the Seattle Film Festival. In addition to APA, Bow Wow is also repped by manager Teresa Caldwell and attorney Greenburg Traurig.
Brian Speiser has joined APA. Speiser’s addition to the company will be as agent in APA’s Alternative and International Television division. He was previously a VP at Octagon, helping to launch the company’s entertainment division in 2009. Speiser was also an executive producer on MTV’s It Get Better anti-bullying special earlier this year. Speiser’s client Dan Savage headed the project. At APA, Speiser will report to partner Hayden Meyer and TV head Lee Dinstman.
Veteran TV talent agent Todd Eisner has left APA. His contract was coming up and he and the agency decided to part ways. Eisner has been at APA for eight years. Before that, he spent a decade at Writers & Artists.
David Dencik has signed with APA. The Swedish actor, most recently seen alongside Gary Oldman and Colin Firth in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, will be represented in all areas by the agency. Denick, who starred in different roles in both the original Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the 2011 Hollywood version, is currently shooting Serena, with director Susanne Bier. Serena stars Bradley Cooper and The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence. Denick is also repped by Magnolia Entertainment.
Ashton Holmes, who played Tyler Barrol on ABC’s Revenge, has signed with APA. The 34-year old actor, who was previously with UTA, will be represented by the agency in all areas. As well as his role on Revenge, which saw him killed off in the first season, Holmes recently starred in HBO’s The Pacific and the CW’s Nikita. Holmes will next join Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines in the Will Slocombe-directed indie Pasadena, which is scheduled to start shooting next month. Holmes is also repped by Intellectual Artists Management and attorney Dave Feldman.
Andy Burg has signed with APA. The writer, previously at ICM, has two scripts currently at Paramount: Huck, a contemporary take on Mark Twain’s classic characters of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, with Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark producing; and the supernatural action feature Hellifield, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing. Burg is also repped by Brucks Entertainment and attorney Jason Sloane.
Comedian Ron White has returned to APA after a three-month stint at UTA. The Blue Collar Comedy member is among the top-grossing touring comedians. He recently sold out his upcoming April 21 performance at Radio City Music Hall. White’s latest Comedy Central special, Behavioral Problems, premiered to over 4.5 million viewers last year. His recent feature credits include Horrible Bosses and the upcoming Billy Bob Thornton-directed Jayne Mansfield’s Car. White is also repped by Michael Blakey of ElectraStar Management.
Writer/producer Carl Lund has signed with APA. Lund most recently wrote and produced Detachment, the just released film that stars Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston. Inspired by Lund’s work as a substitute teacher, the film chronicles three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students. Lund also recently adapted Echo, based on the young adult novel by Kate Morgenroth, for producer/actor Josh Hutcherson and Jet Lag Productions. Lund has also written projects for Julian Schnabel, Christine Vachon, and Greg Shapiro. He is managed by Caliber Media.
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer-actor Nick Bakay had been at Verve and now will be repped by APA in all areas. He wrote the Kevin James movies Zookeeper and Paul Blart: Mall Cop and just finished penning Valet Guys, which James and Adam Sandler will star in for Sony. On TV, Bakay was a consulting producer on the James-starring King Of Queens, and he recently sold a pilot to Fox as part of a development deal with Happy Madison and Sony TV. In addition to a bunch of acting and voice-over work (he was the cat on Sabrina The Teenage Witch), Bakay moonlights as a sports columnist at NFL.com and contributes to ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He continues to be repped by Jared Levine of Barnes, Morris, Klein, Yorn, Barnes & Levine.
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Veteran comedy writer-producer Ed Yeager has signed with APA. He was at ICM. Yeager created, executive produced and ran the CBS comedy series Gary Unmarried. He also co-created the ABC Family comedy series Ruby & The Rockits and worked such sitcoms as the WB’s Reba, CBS’ Still Standing, ABC’s Dharma & Greg, Grace Under Fire and Roseanne and NBC’s Suddenly Susan. Yeager also wrote the Fox Atomic comedy feature The Comebacks.