EXCLUSIVE: The French action star, who co-leads Relativity Media’s upcoming Brick Mansions with the late Paul Walker, has signed with Paradigm. David Belle is well known on the European action scene for founding the movement discipline known as parkour, which he showcased by leaping up, over and through all manner of Parisian urban landscape in 2004′s Luc Besson-produced actioner District B13 and its 2009 sequel. This month Belle makes his U.S. leading debut in English-language District B13 remake Brick Mansions, playing a version of his streetwise character from the original film opposite Walker as the undercover cop he partners with and RZA as the crime lord in their sights. The Normandy-raised actor and stunt choreographer, who owns the parkour brand, has also contributed parkour and fight choreography to studio films like Babylon A.D., Prince of Persia, and Colombiana but is now looking to strike out as an action star and actor stateside and in China, where he’s also got a strong following. Belle is managed by Beijing/LA/Paris-based ECI Global Entertainment, which is also developing international co-productions for Belle to star in to tap into his multi-region fanbase.
Check out Belle showcasing his moves in a memorable chase sequence from the original District B13 and the trailer for Brick Mansions: Read More »
Eriq La Salle has signed with Paradigm. Best known for playing Dr. Peter Benton on NBC’s ER, his credits also include A Gifted Man, Covert Affairs and How To Make It In America. La Salle also directed has … Read More »
UPDATE, 8:55 AM: It wasn’t an easy break-up, but Frank Balkin confirms he and Paradigm have resolved their differences and he is now officially aboard at Worldwide Production Agency. Here’s Balkin’s statement: “I am thrilled to announce that I’ve joined Worldwide Production Agency as Partner and Head of Television. My colleague Brian Goldberg is making the transition as well, and both of us are ecstatic to be working with Steve Jacob, Richard Caleel, and the rest of our fantastic teammates at WPA as we collectively take the premiere agency for producers and production artisans to even greater heights.”
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, FEB. 11 AM: 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. Read More »
We had heard this was happening when we broke last week that Paradigm lit agent Ida Ziniti was leaving for CAA. Now fellow Paradigm lit agent Trevor Astbury is joining her in CAA‘s Motion Picture Literary group, … Read More »
The man behind the fish-out-of-water series Welcome To Sweden has new representation. Greg Poehler, who created the comedy based on experiences falling for a Swedish woman and following her to her homeland, has inked with Paradigm. He … Read More »
As Deadline reported last Friday, Paradigm has confirmed that agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer have joined the agency after their abrupt exits from Resolution. Word had raced last week that this was happening, as the two agents did not want to take paycuts from their low-seven-figure salaries. The two joined Jeff Berg last year shortly after he left ICM to launch Resolution, and those agents came from CAA. At Paradigm, they should feel right at home alongside former CAA cohorts Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz, Rand Holston and most recently Manny Nunez.
Related: Resolution Agents Martin Spencer, Adam Kanter Exiting; Paradigm Next Stop?
So now, the big question is which clients will join them in the move. Here are the ones I’m hearing are most likely to make the jump to Paradigm: Stuart Beattie, Stalingrad helmer Fedor Bondarchuk, Joe Johnston, Mark Steven Johnson, Malcolm Lee, Rob Minkoff, Evan and Shea Mirzai, Stephen Sommers, Joe Michael Straczynski and Simon West, with others still in play.
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EXCLUSIVE: While Paradigm is in the process of importing ex-CAA agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer from Resolution, I’m told that CAA is adding sharp lit agent Ida Ziniti from Paradigm. This is all just happening, and I’m … Read More »
BREAKING: Even as Jeff Berg was locking down an investment in the agency this week from Beijing-based Bison Capital, rumors raced that other less desirable shakeups were about to happen. We are hearing that veteran motion picture agents Adam … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a case of good timing. Paradigm today signed Swedish actress Edda Magnason, whose name recognition went up shortly after when she was awarded the Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin Film Festival, the prize that spotlight’s … Read More »
Two days after landing the male lead on the NBC comedy pilot Marry Me, Party Down alum Ken Marino has signed with Paradigm for acting representation. The multihyphenate is bolstering his ties to the agency, where he already … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed Lynn Collins. Managed by Untitled Entertainment’s Jason Newman and Stephanie Simon, Collins starred in John Carter and also starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. She played Portia opposite Al Pacino in the feature adaptation of The … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: A day after Paradigm announced the addition of ex-CAA agent Manny Nunez, his longtime client Antonio Banderas is joining him. The actor-director-producer has been plenty busy, recently wrapping filming on The Expendables 3. He is … Read More »
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.
Related: Paradigm Hires Manny Nunez; At CAA He Spearheaded DreamWorks-Reliance Deal
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.
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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. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed vet actor Jason Patric. Always a solid actor, Patric signs as he is shooting The Prince for Lionsgate. He recently wrapped the thriller The Confines. He has been working steadily in Cavemen, The Outsider, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Actress Katherine Moennig has signed for representation with Paradigm. Moennig co-stars on Showtime’s Ray Donovan as Lena, the right-hand woman/press agent to Liev Schreiber’s eponymous fixer. The drama series will return for a second season … Read More »
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.
Related: Ilene Feldman Transitioning To Manager, Shuttering IFA
“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.” Read More »