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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WME Signs Hot ‘Argo’ Scribe Chris Terrio

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 10:21am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: WME has scored a coup, signing Chris Terrio as the screenwriter comes off winning the Oscar for Argo. Terrio had been repped at CAA. While Terrio’s run goes back to writing and directing the 2005 … Read More »

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Jason Fox Exits CAA, Lands Gig With Former Client

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 8:47pm PDT

CAA won’t say how it went down, but NYC-based agent Jason Fox left this week after four years at the company. Not that the former William Morris TV agent was out of work long. The ex-unscripted … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Andrew Lincoln, who plays lawman-turned-zombie killer Rick Grimes in AMC’s The Walking Dead. This comes after the agency inked his Walking Dead co-star Norman Reedus, and shortly after the fourth-season premiere d… Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 9:41am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA just signed Norman Reedus, who plays everyone’s favorite zombie killer Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead. This comes just as the show’s fourth season premiere set a series record with 16.1 million viewers. Reedus … Read More »

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CAA Signs Queen Latifah

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 9:56am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA just signed Queen Latifah, who just recently launched her new chat show, The Queen Latifah Show. A musician, Oscar-nominated actress, label president and author, Latifah is producing the talker through her Flavor Unit EntertainmentRead More »

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CAA Names Joe Machota To Head Theatre

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 10:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA makes it a habit to rotate its rising agents into department head roles, and they’ve just appointed vet Joe Machota to take the reins of the Theatre Department. Heads rotate more regularly in areas like film and television, but the top job has belonged to George Lane since he moved over from WMA a decade ago to form CAA’s legit division. I’m told that Lane, free of the administrative duties that came with that job, will continue to rep his theater clients while working with the partners on initiatives that include generating funding for client-driven legit productions. That is a model that has made CAA’s independent film division a powerhouse, matching clients with financiers to get stuff made, with the agency packaging the films and making the domestic distribution deals. CAA has had a hand in such stage productions as the upcoming revival of Cabaret, the Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz-starrer Betrayal, the Ian McKellen/Billy Crudup-starrer No Man’s Land and Waiting For Godot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aladdin, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Casa Valentina, Big Fish, and the upcoming Los Angeles production of the John Logan-penned Sue Mengers play I’ll Eat You Last, which stars Bette Midler. Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Glee’s Dianna Agron

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 3:30pm PDT

Dianna Agron, best-known for her role on Fox’s Glee, has inked with CAA as she continues her push on the film side. The actress is now on the big screen in Luc … Read More »

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Mipcom Briefs: One Three Media In Deal For Cee-Lo Series; FremantleMedia Inks Digital Deal With Youku China; ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Goes Wide; More

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

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Mark Burnett’s One Three Media has closed a deal to distribute TBS’ upcoming CeeLo’s Goodie Life, the reality series that will feature musician, producer and The Voice co-host CeeLo Green. In a 10-year, multi-platform agreement, One Three Media will distribute the show globally across all platforms. It airs next year on TBS and follows Green as he tackles his packed schedule of producing, recording and performing, and also looks at the creative partnership with his longtime best friends — Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo — as they prepare to revive their iconic hip-hop group Goodie Mob. One Three Media will start offering the show at MipTV in April. CeeLo’s Goodie Life, which is a working title, is produced by Emerald TV Productions, LLC and Rogue Atlas. TBS has ordered six episodes for a 2014 premiere. Read More »

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As Trio Battles For His Film ‘Little Boy’, Alejandro Monteverde Signs With CAA

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 10:06am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed director Alejandro Monteverde. This comes as his latest film Little Boy got a lot of attention when it was shopped last week for distribution. I’m told there are three distributors that have made … Read More »

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CAA Signs Fast Rising Actress Analeigh Tipton

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 5:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, CAA has signed Analeigh Tipton, the young actress whose breakthrough came as the babysitter with a crush on Steve Carell in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Tipton most recently starred in Whit Stillman’s Read More »

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CAA Signs Toronto Fest Helmer Rene Sampaio

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 11:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The recently completed Toronto International Film Festival will be memorable for its slate of good films and distribution deals, but also for the slew of new filmmakers that signed with Hollywood agencies. CAA just signed Brazilian helmer Rene Sampaio, whose directorial debut Brazilian Western made its … Read More »

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CAA & Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Sued For $12M By Producer Over DMV Reality Series

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 5:40pm PDT

Producer Hedda Muskat claims that CAA and Ashton Kutcher’s production company deceived her and pushed her out as Co-Executive Producer on a reality series about the DMV. Claiming breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and promissory fraud in the complaint filed today in L.A. Superior Court (read it here), the Emmy-winning producer is seeking more than $12 million in damages plus other costs from the agency, Kutcher’s Katalyst Media and company co-owner Jason Goldberg. And she’s very clear about what the fallout from the now scrapped series cost her. “Katalyst’s reckless conduct and CAA’s failure to properly represent or protect Plaintiff has had the ultimate consequence of obliterating Plaintiff’s career in the entertainment industry and her reputation as a producer,” says the 16-page lawsuit. Katalyst sued the state agency for $1.4 million in August 2012 after the DMV pulled out of the proposed TRuTV series. After counterclaims and other legal actions, the parties settled the case earlier this year for $450,000. Some of that money, among other damages, is due to her, says Muskat. A producer on America’s Got Talent and A Current Affair among others, Muskat signed with CAA in April of 2009, according to Friday’s filing.
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CAA Signs ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’ Star James Corden

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 4:53pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has landed James Corden, who was great opposite Keira Knightley in the John Carney-directed Can A Song Save Your Life?, which premiered at Toronto and … Read More »

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CAA Elevates Six In LA And NY

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 10:28am PDT

CAA this morning announced six promotions to either agent or executive. We were prepared to honor the agency’s ask for an embargo on a wide release, but an attention-starved douche at another outlet jumped that so here it is. … Read More »

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Toronto 2013: Late Nights And Lotsa Deals; First Seller’s Market Since The Crash?

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 11:45am PDT
Mike Fleming

The sales market at the Toronto Film Festival was the healthiest and most vigorous that I can remember, certainly since that barren year when the prestige film bubble burst and the sole festival sale was the Tom Ford-directed A Single Man. During the first five days at least of this Toronto, there was deal action going into the wee hours of the morning. One quality, crowd-pleasing acquisition title after another un-spooled each night and then distributors were left trying to restrain themselves from going past their sober revenue projections as they tried to fill holes in 2014 slates.

At last count, around 28 Toronto films have sold in deals large and small, agents tell me. I thought the biggest challenge for sellers would be to get distributors to focus because of the inordinate amount of titles they launched into the Oscar race with lavish Toronto premieres. Instead, the biggest challenge for sellers, and buyers for that matter, was stamina. We are all getting older, and pretty much everyone was walking around like zombies after taking part Friday and Saturday in the fest’s biggest deals—Focus paying $7 million for world rights to the Jason Bateman-directed comedy Bad Words, and The Weinstein Company paying $7 million and $20 million in P&A for U.S. rights to the John Carney-directed Can A Song Save Your Life?

Dare I say that Toronto was the first seller’s market in as long as I can remember? I asked the top agents at the three most prolific deal making agencies if that was true. None of them were cocky enough to use the “S” word, but all three of them said they expect to clear their considerable inventories by the end of next week. Even if nothing got done until the time everyone but insomniacs are asleep.
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CAA Signs Mickey Rourke

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 3:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Mickey Rourke, the actor who reprises his tough guy role in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Rourke has had an up-and-down long career, but his resurgence over the past few years … Read More »

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Toronto: CAA Signs Palme d’Or ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ Helmer Abdellatif Kechiche

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 9:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Abdellatif Kechiche, who is here in Toronto with Blue Is The Warmest Color. That film won the Palme d’Or and FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival, taking the top honor in a … Read More »

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