Gustaf Skarsgård has signed with Paradigm. The actor who plays Floki on History’s Vikings, has appeared in the recent films Kon-Tiki, Autumn Blood and The Way Back and starred in the Swedish gangster miniseries Ettor och Nollor. Other credits …
EXCLUSIVE: Melanie Griffith has followed her longtime agent Manny Nunez to Paradigm. She’s following the same path as her husband Antonio Banderas, who moved with Nunez a day after the agent became the latest CAAer to land at …
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm‘s longtime production department co-head Frank Balkin, who reps below-the-line talent, has left the agency for a partnership at 3-year-old Worldwide Production Agency – but Paradigm is refusing to let Balkin out of his contract. Nonetheless, Balkin is currently working out of the WPA offices as the dispute continues. At the same time, Paradigm is answering Balkin’s office phone saying that they are taking messages for him. Threats of litigation have been levied as Paradigm has apparently insisted he return to the agency, but progress has been made to let him out. I called Paradigm and asked about this about two weeks ago. At that time, Balkin was still working out of the Paradigm offices and the talent agency said they were hoping to work it out with him. Oh well. It’s unclear what Paradigm is hoping to get but commissions if the agent has already bailed. He had been with Paradigm for over a decade.
Paradigm has established itself as a buyer, slowly but steadily growing the agency over the years. Its latest move is the acquisition of a 50% stake in the UK’s Coda Music Agency. The partners already have had a longstanding relationship and the new joint venture will see the two agencies pool expertise and resources on a global basis. Coda, founded in 2002, represents more than 500 artists and DJs including singer-songwriter Emeli Sande, indie pop band The XX, Grammy winners Bon Iver, electronic quartet Rudimental, alt rock group Imagine Dragons and Brit Award nominees Bastille. Coda’s current partners are Rob Challice, Tom Schroeder, Alex Hardee, Dave Hallybone and James Whiting with managing director Claire Horseman. “Our passionate, hands-on approach to our work and the way we run our business is not going to change at all,” Challice said.
Paradigm, with its banking relationships, has been methodically making moves to build itself either by picking up top talent or through measured investments. It also doesn’t hurt that Sam Gores’ brothers, Tom and Alec Gores, are billionaires, well-versed in monied acquisitions and can help advise. If you look at the past few years, you can see the method that Paradigm has employed. The Coda deal follows a number of others over the past several years to beef up its music roster, which already is impressive with such talent as Coldplay, The Dave Matthews Band, Toby Keith, Fun, Aerosmith, O.A.R., and Toby Keith.
EXCLUSIVE: Emanuel “Manny” Nunez today joins Paradigm as an agent. He becomes the latest former CAA agent to join Paradigm, and will be reunited with Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston. Nunez will work out of the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters and become a key member of the Film Finance Group, also repping clients in talent and motion picture lit.
Nunez spent two decades at CAA, repping clients and also co-founding the agency’ s Film Finance Group. He helped put together financing and distribution of hundreds of films, and is perhaps best known for spearheading the groundbreaking marriage between India-based Reliance and Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider’s DreamWorks after they left Paramount Pictures in 2008. Aside from clients that included Antonio Banderas, Nunez also repped high-net-worth financiers all over the world and kept those relationships after he left CAA two years ago and became Managing Director of management/advisory company NuCo Media Group. NuCo raised capital in emerging markets for clients in movies, TV, sports and other media. Considering how much Hollywood prizes high net worth individuals right now, Nunez’s hiring is a coup for Paradigm.
EXCLUSIVE: David Lillard, a partner at IFA, and his longtime colleague, Christy Hall, are joining Paradigm as agents, effective immediately. Lillard had been an agent at IFA since its inception in January 1995, and Hall joined IFA in 2002. Deadline broke the story that Ilene Feldman decided to fold her Ilene Feldman Agency after 19 years and become a manager and join LBI at year’s end. She and longtime IFA partner Wendy Murphey will join LBI as talent managers, and that left Lillard and Hall to make their way since they are staying agents. They are expected to bring most of their clients with them to Paradigm. There are several standout clients, including Angelina Jolie and Ryan Gosling. THR is reporting that Jolie went to UTA.
“IFA was an agency built on quality, collaboration and professionalism,” said Lillard and Hall in a joint statement. “We feel a tremendous responsibility to continue in this tradition, and that is why we chose Paradigm. Paradigm also affords us the best opportunity to represent our clients in an collaborative environment where the artist comes first.”
EXCLUSIVE: Rick Faigin has left Paradigm after a two-year stint as the head of of the marketing department. He is launching his own marketing consulting company which will take on several Paradigm clients and projects, working with the agency on the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. Faigin’s …