EXCLUSIVE: Troy Zien has become a talent manager at 3 Arts Entertainment. He most recently worked on the Hasbro account for former WME agent John Fogelman’s venture, and certainly has a familiarity with handling talent. Zien spent eight years as an agent, working his way from the ICM mailroom–where he trained under the late Ed Limato–and transitioned to WMA/WME in 2005. He was part of the agent team that repped Richard Gere, Robert Downey Jr., Thomas Haden Church, Kevin Connolly, Winona Ryder, Josh Holloway, Olivia Wilde, Ray Liotta and Thomas Jane.
“Troy’s relationships and unique business experience will position him well to be a valued talent manager,” said 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg. “He has a reputation of being extremely hands on with the artists he has worked for and we are excited to have him here.” Zien’s client list is yet to be determined.
EXCLUSIVE: Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas is joining 3 Arts as a manager/producer, returning to the rep business after 11 years. Once a high-powered dealmaker at ICM best known for guiding Julia Roberts from unknown to $20 million a picture as the world’s biggest female star, Goldsmith-Thomas left ICM in 2000 to run Revolution Studios East for Joe Roth and supervise films under Roberts’ production deal there. She has been a full-time producer since Revolution folded. An agent for more than 15 years at WMA and ICM, Goldsmith-Thomas also repped Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Connelly, Madonna and Darren Star.
The obvious question is whether she will be rejoined by Roberts, who went to CAA not long after Goldsmith-Thomas left. Goldsmith-Thomas said she comes to 3 Arts without any clients. While producing, she continued to give career advice when asked, but referred talent to agencies and management companies for years even as people asked why she wasn’t building a client list. She decided months ago to explore a return but was reticent to resurface as an agent. It would be hard returning to a job she left behind, and she never liked the poaching part of that game. She also didn’t want to give up producing, which agents can’t do. After meeting with 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff, Goldsmith-Thomas felt she’d found the right fit. She will operate out of the management/production company’s New York base, where Richard Abate manages authors and runs the book department and Avi Gilbert manages stand-up comics.
“I’ve always loved the architecture of careers, and I missed working with colleagues in breaking down walls that have gotten thicker,” Goldsmith-Thomas told me. “I think it’s a mistake when people try to re-create the same career they had. I love what I’m doing now, and I see this as a complement.” Read More »
4:20 PM UPDATE: I’ve just learned that WME Entertainment actually fired Mel Gibson the day before his longtime Hollywood agent Ed Limato’s death last weekend. I’m told … Read More »
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UPDATE: Ed Limato’s office has set funeral service plans. This Wednesday, an open viewing will be held from 3:30-8:30 PM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A memorial service is being planned.
Tributes to the late WME … Read More »
3RD UPDATE: Ed Limato’s clients weigh in on his passing:
Richard Gere: “Ed was my dear friend and agent for 40 years. He was the best of the best. There will never be anyone like him. The mold has been … Read More »