Selena Gomez Leaves CAA; Signs With WME, Brillstein

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 4:33pm PDT

Selena Gomez WMEFormer Disney star and recording artist Selena Gomez has exited as a client of CAA and has signed with WME. The 21-year-old singer and ex-Wizards of Waverly Place actress has also signed with … Read More »

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Untitled Manager Ben Curtis Joins Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Ben Curtis moves to Brillstein bencurtis2 Entertainment Partners after more than four years as manager at Untitled. He’ll be working in the management/production company’s Los Angeles office. “We respect Ben’s intense focus, unstoppable drive, and total commitment to clients,” … Read More »

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CAA Agent Shawna Kornberg Joins Brillstein Entertainment Partners

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 5:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

kornbergShawna Kornberg is leaving CAA and agenting to join Brillstein Entertainment Partners as a manager, effective January 6. Kornberg spent the past eight years at CAA in the Comedy Department. During her stint at the agency, where she started as a trainee, Kornberg worked closely with many of the managers at Brillstein and developed close relationships with the company. In addition to the hire of Kornberg, Brillstein also promoted Zack Morgenroth to manager earlier this year. He first joined Brillstein as an  intern in the fall of 2008 and was hired as a full-time employee at the beginning of 2009, after he graduated from USC. He started in the mailroom and then worked for Brillstein partner Aleen Keshishian. Morgenroth works with several Brillstein clients including Jennifer Aniston, Sky Ferreira, Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman and Justin Theroux. Read More »

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James Maslow Signs With Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Tate Stevens Inks With APA

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 7:30pm PST

James MaslowJames Maslow has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. He starred on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush for four seasons and toured as a member of the band. Maslow’s other TV credits include iCarly, See Dad Run and … Read More »

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Brillstein Boards Pair Of Transmedia Apps

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 6:58pm PDT

Management and production firm Brillstein Entertainment Partners has come aboard a duo of entertainment-tech startups in pre-market stages of development. They’ll collaborate with Rocket Science Labs and consultants KB Collective on apps Fan Fare and Me2Media, … Read More »

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Brillstein Sells Two Female Comedies & Royal Drama To ABC

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 10:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Brillstein Entertainment Partners has kicked off its selling season with three deals at ABC — for comedies from writers Ali Rushfield and Kristin Newman and a drama from Jordon Nardino. All three are executive produced by Robin Schwartz, who joined the company as TV president in June, and hail from ABC Studios where Brillstein is under a deal.

Both single-camera comedy juxtapose women in their 30s and their 20s. The Ali Rushfield half-hour centers on a 36-year-old woman/child who finally begins to grow up when she moves in with two 21-year-old girls. Rushfield serves as an executive producer, with Leslie Grossman, who was involved in the project’s inception, serving as consultant. It has been a busy development season for Parks & Recreation co-executive producer Rushfield, repped by UTA. She also is writing comedy Stuck, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox, though I hear the ABC comedy has her in first position. Coincidentally, Stuck too centers on women of different ages, a mother and daughter working together. The Kristin Newman comedy, titled Women & Girls, centers on a woman from the Sex And The City age and her half-sister from the Girls era who navigate life together at home and work. UTA-repped Newman is a co-executive producer on ABC’s The Neighbors. Read More »

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Brillstein’s Chris Contopulos Joins Caliber’s Talent Division

By | Friday July 12, 2013 @ 5:08pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Caliber Media has added Chris Contopulos to its talent division as a manager, bringing with him clients Abigail Klein (Transformers 4), Nolan North (Star Trek Into Darkness), Josh Margolin (New Girl), and recording artist Kelsy … Read More »

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Brillstein Taps Robin Schwartz As TV President, Re-Ups Deal With ABC Studios

By | Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Brillstein Entertainment Partners has named former Regency TV president Robin Schwartz as president of its television division. She will replace JoAnn Alfano, who is departing after serving as TV head for the past two years. Alfano will continue to executive produce the new Brillstein/Plan B drama series for ABC, Resurrection.

Brillstein’s TV unit has signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios where it has been based for the past decade. The new pact has a first-look component. “We are grateful for the continued support of our friends at ABC Studios and excited about our new first-look arrangement,” Brillstein Entertainment CEO Jon Liebman said. “Robin Schwartz is a terrific executive and her broad experience and talent relationships make her an excellent choice to lead and build our television group. We are happy for JoAnn, who is a great friend, and we are looking forward to working with her in the next chapter of her career.”

Schwartz has a background as a network and studio executive and a writer. She started off as VP Primetime Series and Children’s Programming for NBC and also served as VP Programming at ABC Family, where she played a key role in the rebranding of the cable channel following its purchase by Disney. Schwartz was named president of Regency TV in 2004 and ran the studio until it closed in 2007. She went on to become the first president of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, which she departed in one of a series of executive shake-ups during the network’s uncertain early years. At OWN, she established the structure for the start-up cable network. Read More »

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Brillstein Entertainment Signs ‘Downton Abbey’ Co-Star Amy Nuttall

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 5:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Downton Abbey co-star Amy Nuttall has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. This marks the first U.S. representation for the British actress who has played housemaid Ethel since Season 2 of the hit ITV period drama. … Read More »

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Brillstein Entertainment Partners Taps Young Canadian Comedy Exec As Manager

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Brillstein Entertainment Partners has brought in Jake Labow as a manager. The Toronto native, 29, who will move to Los Angeles, comes from Canadian entertainment conglomerate Bell Media where he most recently served as a production executive in comedy, overseeing development and production across all Bell Media networks including flagship CTV and The Comedy Network, Canada’s first 24-hour comedy-focused net. Read More »

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Brillstein Entertainment Signs ‘American Idol’s Randy Jackson

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Randy Jackson Brillstein EntertainmentEXCLUSIVE: American Idol judge Randy Jackson has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners, where Marc Gurvitz and Jon Liebman will manage him and his Dream Merchant 21 and Randy Jackson Prods. for future film and television … Read More »

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Anthony Zuiker Sells First Project To ABC: FBI Drama Written By Andrea Berloff

By | Wednesday September 28, 2011 @ 5:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In his first sale under the 3-year overall deal with ABC Studios he signed in July, CSI creator Anthony Zuiker has set up a drama project at ABC from World Trade Center writer Andrea Berloff. Read More »

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It’s Official: Jim Belushi/Diane English Multicamera Comedy Goes To ABC

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 2:56pm PDT
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Jim Belushi Teams With ‘Murphy Brown’ Creator For New Comedy Series Project

ABC has closed a deal … Read More »

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Jim Belushi Teams With ‘Murphy Brown’ Creator For New Comedy Series Project

By | Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 10:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After taking a stab at light drama with CBS’ The Defenders, former According to Jim star Jim Belushi is returning to comedy with a new … Read More »

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Topher Grace Signs With ICM’s Toni Howard

Topher Grade, the That ’70s Show actor from In Good Company and Spider-Man 3, had been repped by WME. He’s presently starring in Lionsgate’s The Big Wedding with Amanda Seyfried and Katherine Heigl and recently wrapped The Giant Mechanical Man and The Read More »

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Brillstein Entertainment Signs Josh Gad

By | Tuesday July 26, 2011 @ 12:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Josh Gad, the star of Broadway smash The Book of Mormon, has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners for management. He continues to be represented by ICM and the law firm of Ziffren Brittenham. Gad, who first rose to prominence in … Read More »

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JoAnn Alfano To Run Brillstein Entertainment’s Television Division

By | Wednesday June 8, 2011 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Brillstein Entertainment Partners has tapped former Lifetime head of development JoAnn Alfano as new President of Television. She will succeed Peter Traugott, who is leaving after 15 years at Brillstein to launch his own production company, which will be based … Read More »

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Brillstein Reups With ABC Studios & Reorganizes TV Unit, Peter Traugott Exits

By | Tuesday May 31, 2011 @ 12:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Brillstein Entertainment Partners has signed a new two-year deal with ABC Studios, which will bring the company’s current tenure at ABC to eight years. Under the new pact, Brillstein Entertainment is reorganizing its TV division. Peter Traugott, who has run the TV unit for the past five years, will leave to form his own production company, which I hear will be based at NBC. Brillstein is coming off one of its strongest development seasons since setting up shop at ABC Studios in 2005. (Brillstein Entertainment’s predecessor, Brillstein-Grey, also had a TV financing deal with ABC in the mid-1990s). The company landed three pilot orders, for comedies My Freakin’ Family and Other People’s Kids at ABC and drama Ringer at CBS, which stars Brillstein client Sarah Michelle Gellar. Ringer went to series at the CW, with ABC Studios pulling out as an active co-producer but retaining passive interest. “We’ve enjoyed a long and close relationship with ABC Studios,” said Brillstein Entertainment Partners CEO Jon Liebman. “We love working with the people there and appreciate the studio’s continued commitment to building our television company.” Brillstein’s most recent series were ABC’s According to Jim, which continues to air in syndication, and Samantha Who?, both of which ended their runs in 2009. While known mainly as a comedy series producer, Brillstein has been looking to branch out, and Ringer marks its second drama series after HBO’s The Sopranos.

As for the ongoing reorganization of Brillstein’s TV division, the decision for TV president Traugott to leave was amicable. “Peter has been part of our company for many years,” Liebman said. “He is a talented producer and our good friend, and we genuinely wish him the best.” Read More »

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Brillstein Hires Manager Alex Murray

By | Friday November 12, 2010 @ 10:52am PST
Mike Fleming

Alex Murray has ended his partnership with John MacDonald in MacDonald-Murray Management and has become a manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Murray reps standup comics, personalities and comedy writers, and is bringing clients that include Jim Gaffigan, G4′s Web SoupRead More »

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