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Magnolia Locks $100 Million In China Funding, Promotes Management Trio

Mike Fleming

Magnolia Locks $100 Million In China Funding, Promotes Management TrioEXCLUSIVE: Beverly Hills-based management company Magnolia Entertainment has promoted a trio of managers and locked in $100 million in production funding with Shanghai-based Kylin-Mandarin Enterprises. The expansion into production funding comes as Magnolia promoted managers Ari Zudkewich, Jared Ceizler, and Kauveh Khozein and given them supervisory capacities. Two other managers have left the firm.

Zudkewich will focus on the company’s literary division, which includes such clients as Daniel Espinosa, David Caspe, Scott Kosar, Kieran Darcy Smith, Fedor Bondarchuk and Matt Greenberg. Ceizler will focus on servicing Magnolia’s talent division, which includes such actors as Rachel McAdams, Rosamund Pike, Tatiana Maslany, Bill Skarsgård, Oona Chaplin, Joel Kinnaman, and Dev Patel. Khozein will act as the coordinator of the company’s talent division. Read More »

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After The Fallout Between Magnolia And UTA, ‘Slumdog’s Dev Patel Signs With WME

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Dev Patel has signed with WME. He continues to be repped by Magnolia Entertainment and Curtis Brown in the UK. Deadline told you that Patel had decided to stay with Magnolia manager Stephanie Comer and therefore was among a small group of clients that would be leaving UTA following the agency board’s declaration it would no longer do business with Magnolia after an erosion in the relationship with Shelley Browning that led to the exits of such clients as Rachel McAdams, Robocop‘s Joel Kinnaman, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo‘s Noomi Rapace, and Gone Girl lead Rosamund Pike. The only mutual client not asked to make a Sophie’s Choice was Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa, because he is busy shooting Child 44 with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Rapace and Kinnaman. He’ll have to make a decision soon, though, and a major piece of business hangs in the balance for the two companies.

Related: UTA Swears Off Doing Business With Manager Shelley Browning

Patel, who made his breakthrough as the game show wiz in Slumdog Millionaire, next stars in the Neill Blomkamp-directed Chappie. He most recently starred in Fox Searchlight’s Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He also continues to be part of the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama series The Newsroom.

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UTA Swears Off Doing Business With Manager Shelley Browning After Clients Exit

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 8:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After an erosion in the relationship, the partners at UTA have decided they will no longer do business with manager Shelley Browning and her Magnolia Entertainment. This immediately leads to the exit of Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel, who will stay with his manager, Stephanie Comer. She was an agent at UTA before she became a manager at Magnolia. About half a dozen clients will have to make a choice, and the highest profile beyond Patel is Daniel Espinosa, the Snabba Cash helmer who directed the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds hit Safe House and is directing an adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel Child 44, with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman. Since Espinosa is shooting a movie, I don’t think he will be asked to make a decision until he is up for air.

Related: Magnolia Manager Vs UTA, Round Two

The agency would not comment on why this has happened, but the frosty relationship began months ago and this move occurs after UTA watched several of Browning’s highest-profile clients exit. They include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo‘s Rapace and Kinnaman, the latter of whom stars in the Robocop reboot. Others who have exited are Rachel McAdams and Rosamund Pike. Pike left right after she won the coveted female lead role opposite Ben Affleck in the David Fincher-directed Gone Girl.

Related:
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel McAdams Fires UTA
‘Gone Girl’ Star Rosamund Pike Exits UTA
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‘Gone Girl’ Star Rosamund Pike Exits UTA

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 2:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Actress Rosamund Pike has exited UTA, the latest in a lengthening list of talent managed by Magnolia Entertainment‘s Shelley Browning to leave the talent agency. This has been in the wind for a couple of weeks, and Pike officially terminated the relationship on Saturday. The other major agencies will be all over the British up and comer. It is hard to quibble with the job anyone has done recently for this actress: in heated competition, she just landed the role of her career, the female lead in Gone Girl opposite Ben Affleck in the David Fincher-directed film adaptation of the bestselling novel. Pike remains with UK’s United Agents.

Pike next opens in the Edgar Wright-directed The World’s End, and she played the female lead in Jack Reacher. It’s not exactly clear what has happened to erode the formerly strong relationship between UTA and Browning, but in a short span the agency lost Robocop star Joel Kinnaman, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo‘s Noomi Rapace, and Rachel McAdams, all of whom are managed by Magnolia. They still share a major piece of talent in Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa.

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Isaiah Washington Leaves Caliber Media After 4 Months; Brittany Snow Signs With Magnolia Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Isaiah Washington has ditched his management reps at Caliber Media only four months after signing with the firm. Sources say it was a dispute over commission percentages and a variety of projects that the company had found for Washington. The former Grey’s Anatomy actor signed with Caliber Media and Inqlusion Entertainment for representation in all areas back in March after leaving APA. Washington was hot earlier this year coming off of his Sundance pic Blue Caprice, the Beltway sniper drama he exec produced. IFC’s Sundance Selects will release the film on September 13. He next stars in John Sayles’ upcoming Go For Sisters, The Trials of Cate McCall with Kate Beckinsale, and The CW’s midseason series The Hundred.

Meanwhile, Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect, Hairspray) is expanding her management team. She’s signed with Magnolia Entertainment where she’ll be repped by Kimberlin Belloni and Shelley Browning. Snow, who’s also got features The Potters and There’s Always Woodstock on her docket, was also cast in the lead on Fox and WB TV’s redeveloped legal comedy The Assistants opposite Stephen Root and Catherine O’Hara. She will continue to be repped by ICM and PJ Shapiro.

Deadline’s Dominic Patten contributed to this report.

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Magnolia Manager Vs UTA, Round Two

Previous: Magnolia Client Rachel McAdams Fires UTA

UPDATE: Magnolia Entertainment manager Shelley Browning’s inexplicable and one-sided battle against UTA co-owner Tracey Jacobs rages on. Last month, Browning was behind Rachel McAdams firing UTA after a seven-year stint with Jacobs. Now two Swedish actors who are both Magnolia clients follow McAdams out the door for no reason: Joel Kinnaman and Noomi Rapace. Since becoming Browning’s client, Rapace has bounced between Hollywood agencies: first UTA, then WME, then back to UTA, and now out of UTA. Among the only Magnolia clients left at UTA is Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) who is directing Kinnaman and Rapace with Tom Hardy in Child 44.

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