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Ilene Feldman Transitioning To Manager; Shuttering IFA At Year’s End To Join LBI

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 3:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After two decades of agenting movie stars in a boutique shop and not getting crushed by the behemoths around her, Ilene Feldman has decided to fold her agency and become a manager. At year’s end, she will shutter Ilene Feldman Associates after 19 years. She and longtime IFA partner Wendy Murphey will join LBI as talent managers. Their colleagues David Lillard and Christy Hall plan to remain agents and will explore their options. They will keep the agency running for a two-month transition period, when issues like Lillard and Hall’s next moves will be sorted, as well as where their clients will go.

Feldman’s recent agency clients include Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie and Josh Hartnett. She has a refreshing aversion to publicity, but I was able to sketch out some of what I consider to be a remarkable survival story. Feldman began with Herb Tobias, who mostly repped cinematographers. While a receptionist there, she showed an eye for acting talent, and signed then-unknown actors like Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp. Her list grew but wasn’t compatible to the core business, so she left Tobias. But she never really wanted to be at a major agency. Read More »

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Chris Hemsworth Leaves IFA Talent: Won’t Take New Agency Meetings For Months

By and | Friday August 24, 2012 @ 3:50pm PDT

Chris HemsworthHe is Hollywood’s hottest new action movie star, so there’ll be a feeding frenzy when Chris Hemsworth decides to take new agency meetings. ”He is not taking meetings for now but maybe in a few months,” an insider tells us. Hemsworth is the star of Thor, Snow White And The Huntsman and its expected sequel or spinoff, The Avengers, the upcoming Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, and of course Marvel’s upcoming Thor 2 and The Avengers 2. He had been with IFA talent president Ilene Feldman for about 4 years. The actor is staying with ROAR Management’s William Ward who discovered him about 5 years ago. But we hear the problems with Feldman developed first around the negotiations for Thor 2 and intensified around the time Spielberg decided to cast him as the lead in his scifi epic Robopocalypse in mid-July. “They had a fallout over several things. She just played everything wrong,” a source tells us. “They just were not on the same page for the last month or two. But the last thing he wanted to do was to hurt Ilene.” One of the key jobs for his new agency is raising Hemsworth’s salary: Marvel pays very little, and Hemsworth received $5M for the Huntsman role. Really hard to predict where Hemsworth is ultimately headed. His brother Liam is repped by Ward and WME. Ward’s wife Louise Ward is a UTA agent repping Channing Tatum. And CAA now represents a lot of Marvel’s top talent including … Read More »

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‘Downton Abbey’s Ed Speleers Inks With IFA

By | Friday August 10, 2012 @ 11:41am PDT

IFA Talent Agency’s Ilene Feldnman and team have added Ed Speleers to their roster. In the spring it was announced that the actor would be joining ITV’s period drama series as Jimmy the footman. Downton Abbey’s third season debuts later this year. Speleers is best known for his title role in the 2006′s dragon thriller Eragon. As well as producing the feature Beslan, based on the fatal Russian school hostage taking of September 2004, Speleers will be seen in the upcoming horror comedy Love Bite, with Timothy Spall and Jessica Szohr. Speleers is also repped by Independent Talent and managed by the UK’s Firefly.

RELATED: Josh Hartnett Signs With IFA’s Ilene Feldman

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Mighty Thor Chris Hemsworth To Star Opposite Kristen Stewart: Closes ‘Huntsman’ Role In Snow White Saga

EXCLUSIVE: Now that ‘Thor’ opened strongly around the world, its star Chris Hemsworth is one hot Aussie hunk. He’s just closed a deal for the good guy role opposite Twilight Saga starlet Kristen Stewart as the Huntsman in Snow White And The Huntsman which is Universal’s version of the fairy tale. Newcomer Hemsworth and his good looks allowed for heavy PR to drum up appeal for Thor among women with his shirtless clip a popular choice for talk shows with large female audiences. He’s repped by IFA talent management  and ROAR management partner and co-founder William Ward who talent-spotted Chris during one of the manager’s many scouting trips to Australia. Ward brought him to Los Angeles and really put him out there to casting directors and production executives. Chris read for the part of Thor but wasn’t given a test because a casting director had nixed him early on. Chris’ younger brother Liam (who’s also a ROAR client) then tested for the role of Thor, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige passed. Then, after a conversation with Ward (“You’ve got to reconsider Chris, he’s your guy”), Feige decided to let Chris read again. And once Marvel put him on tape, it was “Oh my god”. Hemsworth is in Joss Whedon’s UA-orphaned Cabin In The Woods which just got picked up by Lionsgate, is the lead in that Red Dawn remake, and played “George Kirk” in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. Down under, he played “Kim Hyde” on 171 episodes of Home and Away, the successful Oz TV series … Read More »

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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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