EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Nathan Fillion, who is now into the sixth season of headlining the hit ABC series Castle. He’s won two People’s Choice awards for his role as Richard Castle. Fillion, who previously starred in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, also …
EXCLUSIVE: Learning today that his script The Hateful Eight leaked after he gave it …
EXCLUSIVE: 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 India-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.
The 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.
2ND 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.
Judging 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.
EXCLUSIVE: 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.