EXCLUSIVE: Management 360 has signed Geena Davis, who’s one of those actors you could see getting a second career wind. Davis, who at last blush was vying to shoot arrows for her country as an Olympics archer, won her Oscar for The Accidental Tourist, and her other credits include Thelma And Louise, A League Of Their Own, Beetlejuice, The Fly and Stuart Little. Things went awry with Cutthroat Island and Long Kiss Goodnight, though the latter was a pretty darn good B-movie from a $4 million Shane Black script. She was most recently seen in the Lake Bell-directed In A World, and the Australian indie Accidents Happen. She remains with CAA.
Management 360 has promoted Lainie Sorkin Becky to partner. Sorkin Becky has been with the company since 2005 and she reps the likes of Mary Steenburgen, Miley Cyrus, Emily Deschanel, Justin Kirk, Morgan Saylor, Jensen Ackles, Hunter Parrish and two-time Tony nominee Stark Sands. “Lainie has been a dedicated member of our team for nearly a decade, and has consistently shown both a keen eye for spotting new talent and a deftness in helping to guide her clients’ careers”, the partners said today in a joint statement. Sorkin Becky becomes the 12th partner at the firm, joining founders Suzan Bymel, Guymon Casady, Eric Kranzler, Evelyn O’Neill, Daniel Rappaport and David Seltzer as well as Eryn Brown, William Choi, Darin Friedman, Peter Kiernan and Nicole King.
EXCLUSIVE: One of the longest-running relationships between an actress and her manager has just come to an end. I’ve confirmed that Reese Witherspoon has exited Management 360. That ends the 19-year long run between the Oscar-winning actress and her manager Evelyn O’Neill. I haven’t heard a specific reason for the exit, but it has to be a tough day for the founding partner of Management 360, who guided Witherspoon’s career since she was a teenager. The split is amicable, per both sides. Witherspoon’s star power was at its highest when she headlined comedies like Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama and won her Oscar for 2005′s Walk The Line, but she has been doing fine as an actress and producer. She most recently starred in the Jeff Nichols-directed Mud and has the Atom Egoyan-directed Devil’s Knot opening in Toronto. She next stars in The Good Lie and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. She’s also a producer on numerous projects including Gone Girl, which is David Fincher’s next film with Ben Affleck starring.
Witherspoon remains with CAA. Said O’Neill: “The time has come for us to go our separate ways after 19 years. I am so proud of her career and everything we accomplished together.” O’Neill continues to rep clients that include Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, 42‘s Chadwick Boseman, Zach Braff, Bryce Dallas Howard, Greta Gerwig, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bartha and Michael Chiklis.
EXCLUSIVE: Looks like Management 360 has pulled off a Monday morning coup. I’m told that the company has brought in Justin Grey Stone as a talent manager. Stone had been at Untitled, and his client list includes Blake Lively, Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki, Michelle Rodriguez, Dakota Johnson, and a whole bunch of others. No comment from Management 360 but the expectation is that those clients will join him in the move. Stay tuned.
EXCLUSIVE: Management 360 has just signed Dynamo, the most popular magician in the UK. The company says he was an inspiration for Dave Franco’s Jack Wilder character in the hit film Now You See Me, and Management 360 will try to make sure a lot more people see Dynamo: they will look to set up a U.S. television show. Dynamo currently has a hit show in the UK called Magician Impossible. Management 360 will look to get him involved in live tours and potentially film along with the TV effort. Dynamo blends large-scale illusions with incredible sleight of hand and innovative street magic. Some of his illusions include walking on water across the River Thames in London, as well as scaling the side of the LA Times building downtown. He continues to be repped out of the UK by Dan Albion of Inner Circle Films. Here is a look at what he does:
EXCLUSIVE: Management 360 has signed Rooney Mara, who is coming into her own after breakout turns in The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Mara continues to be repped by WME. She followed those films by starring with Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Steven Soderbergh-directed Side Effects and most recently in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which premiered at Sundance and will be released later this year. There is still every hope she’ll reprise her role as goth heroine Lisbeth Salander, as Andrew Kevin Walker is working on a rewrite of that script for Sony. She got an Oscar nomination for her first turn in that role. Mara next stars in the Spike Jonze-directed Her, and she stars with Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender in the new Terrence Malick film.
UPDATE: Jessica Biel has signed to be managed by Rick Yorn’s LBI. This comes after the actress left both Management 360 and CAA, and then postponed the exit with the agency. Now, it looks like Biel may well stay at CAA, which will be having a meeting with her and reshuffling the team. Biel had been with Management 360 for eight years, and had been in business even longer with Nicole King, her former publicist who became a manager at 360. Yorn reps Biel’s husband, Justin Timberlake, but she will be handled by a team of managers at LBI. She continues to be lawyered by Karl Austen, who has been making her deals since Biel was 14.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013 @ 10:52am PDT: Jessica Biel has left Management 360. And while she is still with CAA, I’m told that she is in play. Biel discharged her managers late last week, and she will decide her future this week with CAA. That agency is preparing to reshuffle her rep team to try and keep her in the fold. Biel most recently was seen in Total Recall, the Gerard Butler soccer romcom Playing For Keeps, and Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes which premiered at Sundance. Next up, she stars in and is a producer of the Bill Purple-directed The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea opposite Chloe Moretz, Jeffrey Morgan and …
William Choi and Peter Kiernan rose from managers to partners at Management 360 repping clients like Channing Tatum, Matthew Fox, Greta Gerwig, Jason Biggs, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Today the company announced that the duo are joining founders Suzan Bymel, Guymon Casady, Eric Kranzler, Evelyn O’Neill, Daniel Rappaport, and David Seltzer on the firm’s board. Both Choi and Kiernan have been with Management 360 since its inception in 2002.
Chadwick Boseman has signed with Management 360 for representation in all areas. He plays Jackie Robinson in 42, about Robinson joining the Brooklyn Dodgers and breaking pro baseball’s color barrier. Co-starring Harrison Ford, the Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros film opens April 12, 2013. Boseman’s credits include the feature The Express and the NBC TV series Persons Unknown. He continues to be repped by Greene and Associates Talent Agency and Ziffren Brittenham.
Management 360 promoted Dean Schnider and Ali Itri to managers today in the literary department of the talent management and production company.
EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the Sundance premier of the Indonesian action film The Raid, director Gareth Evans has signed with WME. All the agencies have been courting him since that martial arts film made its premiere at Toronto, where it won the Midnight Madness Award. The distribution rights to that movie are controlled by Sony thanks to a deal made in Cannes on partial footage, and Sony Pictures Classics will take The Raid to Sundance and then SXSW before releasing it March 23. Evans, the Welsh filmmaker who lives and makes his movies in Indonesia, signed with Management 360 last fall. He will move right into a sequel of The Raid, which will shoot in Jakarta. SPC will have first crack at for US and Latin American distribution. And Screen Gems is developing a remake. The sequel will reteam the filmmaker with the film’s producers at XYZ Films. Here’s the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Management 360′s Evelyn O’Neill tells me it’s a “very amicable parting” and she hopes he comes back since she and Jake Gyllenhaal go back such a long time — 8 years. “Sometimes people like change in their life. I think he’s amazing, I’m very proud of the work he did together, he was nominated for an Oscar, I want him back, and the door is always open. It is what it is.” I understand Gyllenhaal is not leaving for another manager and he’s not leaving his talent agency CAA. I have a feeling this may be the start of a trend as the movie biz is so muddled with the box office slump that stars who can’t put people in theater seats will see projects falling apart one after another. Rough sledding for the rep business.
UPDATE: Duncan Millership was formerly the head of the talent division at United Agents in the UK. He comes to WME as an agent in the talent department from Management 360, whose partners issued this statement to me: “It has been rewarding for us to have helped Duncan make the transition from London to Los Angeles. We wish him well in this next phase of his career and look forward to continuing to share lots of business with him.”
EXCLUSIVE: While buyers were a little lukewarm about a lot of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival fare, there was much buzz about The Raid, the Gareth Evans-directed martial arts film that won the Midnight Madness Award. The distribution rights to that movie are already controlled by Sony, so the action on the film consisted of studios vying for remake rights and agents and managers trying to sign Evans, the Welsh filmmaker who lives and makes his movies in Indonesia. Evans has signed with Management 360, and it will be that company that takes Evans around to meet studios that have been screening his movie over the past week. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group smartly bought most distribution rights (Alliance has Canadian rights and Momentum has U.K.) based on partial footage in Cannes, and that gives the studio the inside track on the remake rights that are controlled by the film’s producers at XYZ Films. While Evans will eventually sign with an agency, he doesn’t need a job right now because he wants to go back to Jakarta and shoot a larger-scale film that incorporates the actors and storylines from The Raid. Then he will look to make a Hollywood film. Here’s the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Management 360 is looking to ramp up television development and production with the hiring of Brandon Brito and Meghan Lyvers to head the company’s television unit TV 360. Brito and Lyvers come from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Prods, where they served as VPs of development and production overseeing all film and TV development. They most recently shepherded the company’s upcoming CBS cop drama series The 2-2, written and executive produced by Richard Price. Brito and Lyvers also served as producers on the pilot for the show, directed and executive produced by Management 360 client James Mangold.
LOS ANGELES, CA – July 21, 2011 – Management 360 today announced the addition of Scott Lambert as a manager and producer, effective immediately. With more than twenty years of entertainment industry experience, Lambert has held influential posts at the William Morris Agency and Relativity Media. “Having worked closely with Scott as both an agent and an executive, we are thrilled to bring him to Management 360 where he can put his broad skill set to work on our increasingly diverse endeavors,” said the Management 360 partners. In addition to his management and production efforts, Lambert will also contribute his expertise to developing new business opportunities for Management 360.
Most recently, Lambert served as Chairman of SPL Media, a media consulting firm involved with Wall Street and international financing in the media space. The company was also involved in the development of several film and television projects as well as a number of Broadway productions. Prior to that, Lambert served as President of the Business Group and EVP of Production at Relativity Media, a worldwide financier, distributor and producer of motion pictures and television shows. At Relativity, he was involved in over twenty films, including the critical and box office hits, The Fighter and Limitless. Lambert worked as EVP of the William Morris Agency from 1994 to 2008 where he represented many major television and film stars including Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Spacey, Kiefer Sutherland and Sylvester Stallone. He also served
LOS ANGELES, CA – June 22, 2011 – Management 360 today announced the addition of two new partners – Darin Friedman and Eryn Brown – a development that exemplifies Management 360’s commitment to literary as a core strength for the company and the many high-profile projects it drives. Friedman has been with Management 360 since its inception in 2002 and has been an integral part of the company. Brown joins from Industry Entertainment and brings with her an impressive list of writers and directors.
“Darin is a talented and accomplished manager and his elevation to partner is in line with our tradition of cultivating and promoting talent from within the company,” said the partners of Management 360. “Eryn is a highly-respected manager with whom we have worked closely on various projects over the years. We are thrilled to bring her on board. Our literary department is one of the strongest in the business and our clients see the results of that every day.”
EXCLUSIVE: Jill McElroy is joining Management 360 as a literary manager from Benderspink where she was a manager and producer for over a decade. Joining her are writing clients including John Hlavin, Karl Gajdusek, Andrea Berloff, Kyle Ward, Stacey Harman, Marc Haimes, Tom Smuts, among others. Many of her clients had worked with Management 360, and I hear that’s how the relationship started.
Mary Lee has left Mandate Pictures to join Management 360 as a literary manager. At Mandate, she was director of development and worked as an exec on Juno. She’s a coproducer on another Diablo Cody scripted project, Young Adult, which Jason Reitman will direct and was co-producer of the Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman-starrer Switch and the Anne Hathaway/Patrick Wilson-starrer Passengers. She’s also co-producing the Thomas Carter-directed dance movie Dream On.
“We had a great experience working with Mary as an executive at Mandate and are certain that her impeccable taste and ability to deftly manage movies will translate to being a great manager and producer at 360,” said the Management 360 partners in a statement. Lee started in the motion picture department at CAA and joined Mandate in August 2005 as executive assistant.