Quentin Tarantino Shelves ‘The Hateful Eight’ After Betrayal Results In Script Leak

Mike Fleming

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EXCLUSIVE: Learning today that his script The Hateful Eight leaked after he gave it … Read More »

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Paradigm Hires Manny Nunez; At CAA He Spearheaded DreamWorks-Reliance Deal

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Mike Fleming

mannyEXCLUSIVE: Emanuel “Manny” Nunez today joins Paradigm as an agent. He becomes the latest former CAA agent to join Paradigm, and will be reunited with Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston. Nunez will work out of the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters and become a key member of the Film Finance Group, also repping clients in talent and motion picture lit.

Nunez spent two decades at CAA, repping clients and also co-founding the agency’ s Film Finance Group. He helped put together financing and distribution of hundreds of films, and is perhaps best known for spearheading the groundbreaking marriage between paradigmIndia-based Reliance and Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider’s DreamWorks after they left Paramount Pictures in 2008. Aside from clients that included Antonio Banderas, Nunez also repped high-net-worth financiers all over the world and kept those relationships after he left CAA two years ago and became Managing Director of management/advisory company NuCo Media Group. NuCo raised capital in emerging markets for clients in movies, TV, sports and other media. Considering how much Hollywood prizes high net worth individuals right now, Nunez’s hiring is a coup for Paradigm. Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Bad Santa’ Duo John Requa & Glenn Ficarra

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:00am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, reqthe emerging writer-director-producer team that just wrapped the Will Smith-Margot Robbie grifter tale Focus for Warner Bros. Requa & Ficarra produced that film through their Zaftig Films banner alongside … Read More »

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CAA Signs America Ferrera

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 2:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ferreraEXCLUSIVE: Former Ugly Betty star America Ferrera has signed with CAA. For the past 2.5 years she was at ICM Partners after a long stint at Endeavor/WME. Following her breakthrough performance in the indie Real Women Have Curves, … Read More »

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Spike Lee’s Agent Billy Hawkins Exiting CAA

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 12:45pm PST

In addition to Spike Lee, CAA motion picture lit agent Billy Hawkins repped the likes of Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway as well as Josh Boone, who is helming Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley. We’re being told Hawkins is departing … Read More »

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Jack Whigham Tapped To Co-Run CAA’s Motion Picture Talent Unit

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 10:53am PST
Mike Fleming

CAAlogo_rEXCLUSIVE: CAA just made the announcement internally that Jack Whigham has been tapped to co-head the agency’s Motion Picture Talent department with Joel Lubin, who has been the division’s head since 2010. Whigham has been with CAA since … Read More »

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Goldie Hawn Signs With CAA

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 7:02pm PST

Goldie HawnThe actress has had a long career in Hollywood but has been absent from the scene for many years. The move to CAA from WME signals a return to work for Goldie Hawn, who has been involved for the past several years on her Hawn Foundation, which she founded in 2003 to focus on children and education. The foundation, which has grown to serving children and schools in over five continents, brings together educators, neuroscientists, psychologists and experts in mindful awareness training to help children learn to have a positive outlook and how to help others. Important and honorable work, indeed — especially in light of what has been happening across the country lately with school children at risk at every level. Hawn won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her work in 1969′s Cactus Flower — but the role that everyone loves, of course, is Private Benjamin, which still holds up to this day. Read More »

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CAA Signs Tamera Mowry

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 6:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actress-singerTamera Mowry Tamera Mowry has signed with CAA in all areas. Mowry, who was previously at UTA, is one of the hosts on Warner Bros’ syndicated daytime talker The Real, which is heading for a fall launch … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Maleficent’ Helmer Robert Stromberg

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 6:58pm PST
Mike Fleming

imagesEXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, CAA has signed Robert Stromberg, who graduated from production designer and VFX  artist to make his feature directorial debut on the Angelina Jolie-starrer Maleficent. Disney releases the Linda Woolverton-scripted film … Read More »

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CAA Signs Kyra Sedgwick

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 5:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

sedgwickEXCLUSIVE: The Closer star/executive producer Kyra Sedgwick has signed with CAA. She was previously at UTA. Sedgwick’s seven-season stint as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the hit TNT drama earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe. She … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘The Butler’s David Oyelowo

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 4:08pm PST
Mike Fleming

DavidOyelowo_cEXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed David Oyelowo, who is coming off Lee Daniels’ The Butler, part of the cast nominated for a SAG  ensemble award, followed by co-starring in the Christopher Nolan-directed Interstellar opposite Matthew McConaughey and Anne … Read More »

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Director Doug Liman Returns To CAA

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 1:28pm PST
Mike Fleming

limanEXCLUSIVE: Doug Liman has signed with CAA. Liman had followed his longtime agent Adam Kanter to Resolution, but has returned to the CAA fold. Liman, who left his TV business at CAA, will be repped in all areas. … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 8:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

IMG_3028(1)EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, CAA has signed Stephen Amell, star of the hit CW drama Arrow. Amell, who was a series regular on Hung and recurred on Private Practice, was with … Read More »

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Frank Darabont & CAA Suing AMC Over ‘The Walking Dead’ Profits

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 7:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Frank Darabont Walking Dead Lawsuit AMC2ND UPDATE 7:40 PM: The most colorful reaction to today’s lawsuit once again came from Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, who previously blasted AMC over the dismissal of Glen Mazzara, Frank Darabont‘s successor on The Walking Dead. Sutter wrote on Twitter, “go frank. fuck those ghoulish, dead-eyed scumbags in their green-gobbed asses. i ain’t talking about the zombies.”

PREVIOUS 11:25 AM:  AMC‘s The Walking Dead is the biggest show on television but its developer Frank Darabont has yet to receive any money as a profit participant. Today, Darabont and his agency CAA filed a lawsuit (read it here) against AMC, accusing the network in “self dealing” by setting an unrealistically low license fee for the zombie series it also produces and employing questionable accounting practices thus depriving profit participants of compensation. The complaint also alleges Darabont was wrongfully terminated from the show, that he should continue to receive an executive producer credit and is entitled to proceeds from The Walking Dead offshoots Talking Dead and the upcoming spinoff from Robert Kirkman, on whose graphic novel The Walking Dead was based. UPDATE: AMC declined comment on the litigation. Darabont and CAA are asking for unspecified “monetary damages” to be determined by a jury trial.

The_Walking_Dead__120709092907Judging by the history of vertical integration lawsuits, the odds are small that the dispute would go to trial. There have been a slew of “self dealing” complaints since the 1995 relaxation of TV’s financial interest-syndication rules — all of them eventually settled. The list includes Home Improvement producers’ suit against Disney, NYPD Blue exec producer Steven Bochco’s, X-Files star David Duchovny’s and M*A*S*H star Alan Alda’s complaints against 20th Century Fox TV, and more recently Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan’s case against NBC and Smallville creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough’s against Warner Bros TV. They all accused a studio of  not negotiating a fair (or “arms’ length”) deal when selling a series to a corporate sibling, or “self-dealing,” which had hurt profit participants’ financial returns. The difference is that Darabont was also fired from the show early into its run, a move Darabont and CAA are using in their case against AMC. The lawsuit, filed today with the New York Supreme Court, comes after sources say efforts by Darabont and CAA to resolve their issues were “fundamentally rebuffed” by AMC. The 73-page complaint was accompanied by a summons from the plaintiffs for AMC to reply by mid-January or risk default judgment.

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Radical Studios Founders Barry Levine And Jesse Berger Sign With CAA

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 1:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

Barry_and_Jesse_-_Oblivion_PremiereEXCLUSIVE: Radical Studios has signed with CAA as the company builds itself in film, TV, publishing and interactive. The venture, founded by Barry Levine and Jesse Berger, has created print intellectual properties that already have translated to other platforms. It has more than 40 titles and 1000 characters, and came out of the gate with the Tom Cruise-starrer Oblivion – which began as a Radical Publishing graphic novel from an idea by Joseph Kosinski, who directed the film. Radical has wrapped its second intellectual property transfer, the Brett Ratner-directed Hercules with Dwayne Johnson for MGM/Paramount, which the latter releases next July. That was based on the Radical Publishing comic book series Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Radical recently set a multimillion-dollar China-based joint venture with Le Vision Pictures which enables the company to access stories, talent and distribution through the partnership. First project in that venture is Mandate Of Heaven, which was formerly developed under the title Clans Of The Sacred Stone.

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CAA Signs Blue Collar Comic Jeff Foxworthy

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 4:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

jefffEXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed comedian Jeff Foxworthy and will represent him in all areas. Foxworthy is a big earner in the heartland: He’s the biggest-selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, author of more than 26 … Read More »

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CAA Signs William Petersen

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 3:47pm PST
Mike Fleming

William PetersenEXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed William Petersen, who’s ready to get busy again almost five years after leaving the CBS drama CSI after 10 seasons. He will be looking at movie, TV and stage opportunities. Petersen emerged from … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 2:40pm PST
Mike Fleming

dinklEXCLUSIVE: CAA signed Peter Dinklage, who yesterday was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for playing Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Dinklage won an Emmy … Read More »

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Gersh Signs Aussie Director Kim Mordaunt; English Actor Chris Geere Inks With CAA

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 4:56pm PST

Kim Mordaunt has signed with the Gersh Agency in the U.S. He wrote and directed The Rocket, the Laos-set drama that is Australia’s submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. The film — Mordaunt’s debut narrative feature, which has been banned in Laos — has garnered numerous prizes, including the World Cinema Audience Award at AFI Fest last week and three awards each at Tribeca and Berlin. The Aussie started his career as an actor before moving to longform documentaries including include CopyRites, Survival, Speed City and the 2007 feature docu Bomb Harvest. Read More »

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