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Garcelle Beauvais Inks With APA; Gersh Signs ‘Contracted’ Helmer

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 6:40pm PST

Garcelle BeauvaisEXCLUSIVE: Actress Garcelle Beauvais has signed with APA across the board. The NYPD Blue and Jamie Foxx Show alum and former Franklin & Bash regular, who departed the TNT legal dramedy in 2012, guest-starred recently on Necessary Roughness, Psych, and Arrested Development and made big screen appearances in Flight and White House Down. She next stars in indie drama And Then There Was You, from helmer Leila Djansi. Beauvais is additionally repped by Luber Roklin Management and Edelstein, Laird & Sobel.

Eric England ContractedThe Gersh Agency has signed writer-director Eric England (Madison County), whose low-budget STD horror flick Contracted was released by IFC Midnight last fall. The helmer is next set to direct TJ Cimfel-scripted Hellbent, about a woman who joins a rescue crew to look for her husband after a mining accident and instead discovers a demonic presence. England is also developing horror pic The Sirens with Barbed Wire Films’ Brad Douglas, in which a group of deep-sea fishermen encounter four mysterious young women and get hooked into a ritual sacrifice. He’s repped by Vol. Unlimited Entertainment and Miloknay Weiner, LLP.

Related: IFC Midnight Acquires STD Horror ‘Contracted’

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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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Global Showbiz Briefs: Gersh, Viacom, Shine, Universal, News Corp-ESPN Star

Aussie Comedy Creators Sign With Gersh
Trent O’Donnell and Phil Lloyd, who created Australian TV comedy Review With Myles Barlow, have signed with the Gersh Agency just as the show’s U.S. adaptation, Review With Forrest MacNeil, goes into production for Comedy Central. O’Donnell is a writer-director and Lloyd is a writer-actor who played the lead in Review with Myles Barlow. O’Donnell says he and Lloyd plan to travel to the U.S. early next year to look for opportunities as creators-showrunners. The pair, who are partners in Australian production company Jungleboys, also created A Moody Christmas, a comedy series for Australia’s ABC-TV in which each of the six episodes focuses on the dysfunctional Moody family on Christmas Day one year apart. DCD Rights is the international distributor of A Moody Christmas.
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Writer Thompson Evans & Producer Warren Littlefield Sell Dramas To Fox And NBC

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 10:08am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Black List writer Thompson Evans and Warren Littlefield’s Littlefield Co. have teamed for drama projects that have sold to Fox and NBC. Fox’s Night Hunters is about undercover NYC police officers who pose as taxi drivers. ABC Studios is producing. NBC’s Max General, from Universal TV, takes place in the trauma division of a big city hospital. Evans executive produces both projects with the Littlefield Co.’s Littlefield and Ann Johnson. Evans, repped by Gersh and Code Entertainment, has had two scripts on the Black List, one of which, Eli Webb Show, sold to Relativity Media. CAA-repped Littlefield Co. also has Metropolis, a drama from Rob Thomas set up at the CW; Fargo, written by Noah Hawley based on the Coen Brothers’ 1996 feature film, at FX; as well as The Damned, based on the Oni comic book series and written by David Hayter, at Showtime and CBS Prods.

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Gersh Signs TV/Film Star Dennis Haysbert

By | Friday March 23, 2012 @ 11:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

Dennis Haysbert Gersh AgencyEXCLUSIVE: Dennis Haysbert has signed with Bob Gersh at the Gersh Agency. Haysbert, who starred in the series The Unit and films like Michael Mann’s Heat, has become most identified with his role as the Allstate spokesman. Haysbert, who’s managed by GS Management Group, will next be seen in LUV, the Sundance film that was acquired by Indomina and BET, and The Weinstein Co’s The Details, both of which will be released this summer. Haysbert just wrapped the Rob Meltzer comedy Welcome To The Jungle.

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Oscar Nominee Andrew Bowler Signs With Gersh

By | Tuesday March 6, 2012 @ 1:27pm PST

Time Freak OscarsEXCLUSIVE: Andrew Bowler is the writer-director of Time Freak, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film this year and won the top prize at the Seattle International Film Festival. Before that, Bowler wrote and directed the independent feature The Descent Of Walter McFea. He is managed by Greg Walter at 3 Arts Entertainment.

Related: OSCARS: ‘Time Freak’ Team Finds Out They’ve Been Nominated (Video)

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TV Lit Agent Amy Retzinger Joins Verve As New Partner

By | Monday December 5, 2011 @ 11:40am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Amy Retzinger & Rob Golenberg Exit Gersh

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Gersh TV lit agent Amy Retzinger, who left the agency last week, is joining boutique agency Verve. Retzinger will be a new partner at the agency, the first agent outside the founding trio of Bryan Besser, Adam Levine, and Bill Weinstein to join the partnership. She will start on January 2. “Amy is a dynamic, respected force in the television business with superior taste, excellent clients, and a ferocious drive,” Besser, Levine, and Weinstein said in a statement. “She will be an important and powerful addition to our growing business.” Retzinger adds TV lit experience to Verve, whose founding partners hail from the feature side of lit representation. But the agency does not plan to create film and TV departments, opting instead to keep its current fluid structure in which agents do everything. During her decade-long tenure at Gersh, Retzinger was a senior member of the agency’s TV literary department, representing writers and directors on such series as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and The Good Wife. “In its two-year history, Verve has proven to be a very creative, forward-thinking company in its approach to the representation business,” Retzinger said. ” I’m looking forward to joining the team, and to continuing to build the company into the premiere agency in … Read More »

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Amy Retzinger & Rob Golenberg Exit Gersh

By | Tuesday November 29, 2011 @ 6:37pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Gersh TV lit agents Amy L. Retzinger and Rob Golenberg have left the agency. Both had been there for more than a decade. The move is a fallout from Gersh’s recent hire of CAA TV lit agent Roy Ashton as Partner and Head of the Television Literary Department and part of a restructuring at the department under Ashton. Neither Retzinger nor Golenberg have lined up their next gigs yet. There has been speculation that Retzinger might be headed to upstart Verve, while Golenberg is in the process of starting a representation/production business, which he will likely announce after the first of the year.

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CAA TV Lit Agent Roy Ashton Joins Gersh As Partner And Head Of TV Lit Division

By | Wednesday November 16, 2011 @ 5:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran CAA TV literary agent Roy Ashton is joining the Gersh Agency as Partner and Head of the Television Literary Department. The recruitment of Ashton, who has been at CAA for more than 13 years, is part of an expansion plan by Gersh, which has been bringing in experienced agents in different areas as partners over the past year, including Bob Hohman, Bayard Maybank and Devra Lieb in the Motion Picture Lit department and Jay Cohen in the Film Financing and Distribution division. At Gersh, Ashton will be tasked with leading the current 6-agent TV lit department and grow it. The agency, which is very strong in TV on the talent side, has now made beefing up its TV lit roster a priority. “Roy is one of the most respected agents in the TV literary field and will be an exceptionally strong asset to the agency,” Gersh co-presidents Bob Gersh, David Gersh and managing partner Leslie Siebert said. “His experience and relationships will make him a great leader as we expand our presence in this area. Bringing Roy in is the first step towards accomplishing this goal.” It is yet unclear who of Ashton’s clients will follow him to Gersh where he will bring the number of partners to 13. “CAA is a terrific agency and I have the highest respect for … Read More »

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UPDATE: Gersh Confirms Hohman Maybank Lieb Deal

By | Wednesday December 1, 2010 @ 12:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The Gersh Agency has just confirmed Deadline’s report that it has acquired Hohman, Maybank, Lieb and issued a press release that follows the original story break.

EXCLUSIVE: The Gersh Agency is putting the finishing touches on a major deal that will give a real shot in the arm to its literary department. Gersh is acquiring Hohman, Maybank, Lieb, the well-respected boutique literary agency. Founders Bob Hohman, Bayard Maybank and Devra Lieb will become partners and will bolster a Gersh lit department that recently lost deal makers Sara Self and David Kopple.

I’m told Hohman Maybank Lieb will bring such writers as Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat, Valentine’s Day scribe Katherine Fugate, Finding Nemo scribe Dave Reynolds, Welcome to the Rileys scribe Ken Hixon, Cheaper By the Dozen scribe Sam Harper, The Great and Powerful Oz scribe Mitchell Kapner, Source Code‘s Ben Ripley, Londongrad‘s David Scarpa, Daddy Day Care‘s Geoff Rodkey, Pretty Little Liars’ Marlene King, Man & Wife scribe Alan McElroy, Never Forget scribe Chris Parker, Adaline scribe  Allison Burnett, and Martian Child‘s Seth Bass & Jonathan Tolins.

The trio will run the literary department with Gersh partner Abram Nalibotsky. I’m still checking on whether other agents from HML are coming aboard. The deal is being made David and Bob Gersh and Leslie Siebert, who is managing partner.

Hohman, Maybank and Lieb formed their agency in 1996 after leaving Triad when that agency merged with WMA. I’m told that while they will become core players at Gersh, this is not … Read More »

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Bill Butler Lands At Industry Entertainment

Mike Fleming

Bill Butler, a longtime fixture at Gersh’s New York headquarters before leaving to become manager, has landed at Industry Entertainment as a partner. He’ll continue to be Gotham-based, and starts off with the following clients, most long timers from Gersh: Chris Meloni, Melina Kanakaredes, Jane Krakowski, Calista Flockhart, Victor Garber, Cindi Lauper, Mario Cantone, Dagmar Dominczyk, Elena Rogers, Lee Tergesen and Dean Winters, the latter of whom he’ll manage with Industry’s Sandra Chang.

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EMMY: Agency Breakdown For Actor Noms

emmysI can’t do a full agency breakdown of the Emmy nominations yet because the series producers have not been announced. For now, here’s the rep breakdown of the acting categories floating around the tenpercenteries:

WME: 22 Nominations
Amy Poehler, Andre Braugher, Claire Danes, Hugh Laurie, Connie Britton, Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, Julianna Margulies, Jonathan Pryce, Larry David, Lea Michele, Lily Tomlin, Martin Short, Matthew Fox, Michael C. Hall, Patrick Stewart, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Tina Fey (2 nominations), Toni Collette, Will Arnett.

ICM: 17 Nominations
Al Pacino, Jon Hamm (2 nominations), Aaron Paul, Ann Margret, Catherine O’Hara, David Strathairn, Edie Falco, Elaine Stritch, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Joan Allen, Kathy Bates, Maggie Smith, Michael Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Ty Burrell.

CAA: 13 Nominations
Alan Cumming, Alec Baldwin, Beau Bridges, Glenn Close, Ian McKellen, Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kristen Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison, Mike O’Malley, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson, Tony Shalhoub.

UTA:  8 Nominations
Bryan Cranston, Christine Baranski (2 nominations), Hope Davis, January Jones, Jon Cryer, Kristen Wiig, Kyra Sedgwick.

Gersh Agency: 7 Nominations
Holland Taylor, Jane Krakowski, John Goodman, John Slattery, Julia Ormond, Kyle Chandler, Mary Kay Place.

Paradigm: 6 Nominations
Dylan Baker, Julie Bowen, Mariska Hargitay, Michael Gambon, Neil Patrick Harris (2 nominations)

Innovative Artists: 3 Nominations
Brenda Vaccaro, Jim Parsons, Sissy Spacek

Domain Talent: 3 Nominations
Jane Lynch (2 nominations), Sharon Gless

Julian Belfrage Associates: 1 Nomination
Dame Judi Dench

APA: 1 Nomination
Betty White

IFA: 2 Nominations
Terry O’Quinn, Elizabeth … Read More »

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