EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed Scream actress Neve Campbell. The star of Wes Craven’s horror franchise first broke out on Fox drama Party of Five before leading the cast of the 1996 goth teen hit The Craft. Playing final girl Sidney Prescott in Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, and 2011′s Scream 4 earned Campbell a place in horror history, while she added dramas like Wild Things, 54, Panic, Three To Tango, and When Will I Be Loved to her resume. Campbell also voiced Simba’s daughter in animated sequel The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride. She co-wrote, produced, and starred in Robert Altman’s penultimate film, the 2003 ballet drama The Company. In February Campbell bowed out of TNT pilot Guilt By Association. Her recent television appearances include roles in Titanic: Blood and Steel, Grey’s Anatomy, and Mad Men as well as The Simpsons, The Philanthropist, and Medium. She’ll next be seen in indie Walter with Milo Ventimiglia and William H. Macy and continues to be managed by Mosaic.
EXCLUSIVE: Following the release of his latest feature, the true story marijuana trafficking pic Kid Cannabis, multi-hyphenate John Stockwell has signed with Paradigm. The actor, writer, director and producer started his career acting in films like Losin’ It and Top Gun, both opposite Tom Cruise, starred in miniseries North and South, and battled a killer car in Stephen King’s Christine. Stockwell’s screenwriting credits include Blue Crush, Rock Star, Under Cover, Dangerously Close, and Kid Cannabis. He also wrote the Emmy-nominated telefilm Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, episodes of Showtime’s The L Word, and Cheaters. The latter earned Stockwell an Emmy nod for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie. He broke through as a director with 2001′s Crazy/Beautiful and 2002′s surfing pic Blue Crush, following with a run of features behind the camera including Into the Blue, Turistas, Cat Run, and Dark Tide. Stockwell most recently helmed the Gina Carano-starring actioner In The Blood and is currently developing aspirational sports pic Dig for Voltage Pictures.
Writer-producer-director James Manos Jr has signed with Paradigm. He created and served as executive producer on Showtime’s Dexter and won an Emmy for writing the “College” episode from Season 1 of The Sopranos. His credits also include The Shield and telepic The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, for which he earned an Emmy nom as producer. Manos also penned the upcoming indie feature I Am Lupe and is set as exec producer/showrunner for the 2015 WE tv series South Of Hell.
Blair Bender has joined Block Korenbrot as a film publicist in Los Angeles. She was with IFC Films in New York, where she managed publicity for the distribution of independent films and documentaries including Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight titles. Prior to that, she handled film and awards campaigns at Warner Bros in Burbank, working on such films as The Blind Side and the Harry Potter franchise.
EXCLUSIVE: The erstwhile Anakin Skywalker has returned to Paradigm for representation. Actor-producer Hayden Christensen departed the agency back in 2010 for UTA after passing on a number of big projects, his former rep told Deadline then. He’s had a four-year break from acting since. Christensen just recently wrapped action pic Outcast with Nicolas Cage and crime pic American Heist opposite Adrien Brody. The Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith thesp, whose credits also include The Vanishing On Seventh Street, Takers, Awake, and Life As A House, which nabbed him Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, also brings to Paradigm his production shingle Glacier Films. With Glacier he’s exec producing features The Tank, Lionsgate’s Cooties, American Heist, and Lady of Csejte. The agency is repping domestic sales on Glacier Films’ titles.
Paradigm has inked Julian McMahon. The Australian-born actor received a Golden Globe nom for his role as playboy Christian Troy on long-running FX drama series Nip/Tuck. On the film side, McMahon appears in the the upcoming drama You’re Not You, opposite Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, and Marcia Gay Harden. His other feature credits include Faces In The Crowd, Paranoia, and Fire With Fire. McMahon also played super villain Dr. Victor von Doom in the Fantastic Four franchise, and appeared in Premonition opposite Sandra Bullock. McMahon continues to be repped by managers David Schiff & Kristin Konig at The Schiff Company, Monique Moss at Integrated PR, and attorney Jacob A. Bloom of Bloom Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, Laviolette, Feldman, Schenkman & Goodman.
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has just classed up the place by signing Frank Langella, the three-time Tony winner. This just before the Cannes Film Festival opening-night film Grace Of Monaco, which Langella stars in with Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth. He’s coming off Draft Day and the Tribeca film 5 To 7, and soon stars opposite Gena Rowlands in the Millennium thriller Parts Per Billion. He also lent his voice to Noah and soon will be heard in the Salma Hayek-produced animated film The Prophet. Langella recently completed an acclaimed run in King Lear on the UK stage and brought it to Brooklyn Academy of Music. He’ll be repped for film and TV by Paradigm’s Andrew Ruf and remains lawyered by Sendroff & Baruch.
After a three-year stint at Paradigm, Fred Hashagen has joined UTA as an agent in the talent department. He’ll be working out of the agency’s NYC offices. Hashagen’s clients include Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), John Milhiser (SNL), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart), Drew Tarver (How I Met Your Dad), Chris Smith (We Are Men) and Britt Lower (Man Seeking Woman). “Fred is a great advocate for artists and someone we know will be a great addition to our culture,” said UTA partner and television department head Matt Rice. “We’re really pleased he is joining the UTA team.” Prior to Paradigm, Hashagen was a talent agent at the KSR Agency.
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:
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 directed episodes of series including ER, Law & Order: SVU, CSI: NY, Crisis and the upcoming Night Shift. He additionally is repped by Principato Young and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson.
Pili Montilla has inked with Gersh. She is a former MTV VJ who has worked as an entertainment reporter and producer for outlets including Fusion, MTV, E! Latino and MundoFox. She also created, produces and hosts the music show Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla. The signing also covers her shingle Te Para Tres. Montilla remains with BRGN Management.
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.
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, and is expected to join the agency as early as Thursday. He had worked at Paradigm for the past 12 years. We’re hearing he’s already lined up clients Jon Spaihts and Bill Dubuque to come over with him, with others possibly in the works.
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 also wrote, exec produces and stars in Welcome To Sweden, playing a New York accountant alongside Josephine Bornebusch, who signed with Paradigm last summer. The show aired on TV4 locally and was acquired by NBC in October. His sister Amy Poehler makes an appearance on the show, as do her Parks And Recreation co-star Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell and Gene Simmons. The Poehlers launched their production company Syskon — Swedish for “siblings” — in May.
As Predicted Here, Resolution Agents Adam Kanter And Martin Spencer Land At Paradigm; Which Clients Will Come?
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.
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.
Here is the release from Paradigm:
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 told that she is under contract until June and might not be going CAA until then.
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 Kanter and Martin Spencer, longtime CAA agents who left to join Resolution last year, were escorted out of Resolution headquarters tonight and likely are on their way to Paradigm. Each of the agents brought key clients with them — Kanter brought Doug Liman and Pete Segal, only to see them leave. This is the hard part of trying to launch a talent agency in a most competitive climate, luring agents in as you build enough clientele to enable packaging. It tests client loyalties. I hear they were asked to take pay cuts and didn’t want to. More coming as I hear more about a developing situation.
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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 include Kidz In Da Hood, Patrik 1.5 and Trust Me. Skarsgård is additionally repped by Agentfirman Planthaber/Kildén/Mandic.
Chris Hill has signed with Gersh. The British writer’s first feature — horror pic The Rules Of The Game, which he penned with Sam Michell — is in postproduction with director Edward McGown. Hill worked on the UK series Skins, which airs stateside on BBC America. He continues to be repped by Nick Marston of Curtis Brown Group in London,
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 Paradigm, joining Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston. Griffith, whose credits span film, TV and theater, is currently working on Ithaca, the adaptation of William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy that Meg Ryan is directing and Tom Hanks is executive producing with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman. Sam Shepard and Ryan’s son Jack Quaid co-star. She is next up in the sci-fi film Autómata alongside Banderas and Dylan McDermott. Griffith has Oscar (for Working Girl), Golden Globe and Emmy nominations over a career she began as a model at 9 months old. She continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment.
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 Europe’s best young talent. She won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress (Sweden’s highest honor) for her portrayal of Swedish jazz singer/actress Monica Zetterlund in Monica Z, which was one of the country’s top-grossing films of last year. She’s up for the Swedish equivalent of a Grammy for the soundtrack and so far has released two albums and signed with Warner Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. She’s repped by Artisgruppen in Sweden. Here’s a trailer of her movie:
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 is a lit client. Marino recently wrapped a role in the Veronica Mars movie and had a seasonlong arc on the final season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down. He also played a strip club owner in last year’s hit comedy We’re The Millers and starred in and directed the Yahoo/E! series Burning Love, which he co-created with partner Erica Oyama, for Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. Marino, who is managed by Principato-Young, and Oyama also are writing the Fox 2000 feature Go The F*** To Sleep.