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 Merchant Of Venice. Onstage, she also played Ophelia opposite Liev Schreiber in Hamlet, and played Juliet in Romeo And Juliet in the Ahmanson Theatre production.
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 now shooting The 33, co-starring Juliette Binoche and produced by Mike Medavoy, and is playing a pirate in SpongeBob SquarePants 2. Nunez started at Paradigm yesterday after two decades at CAA and in his new role will become a key member of the Film Finance Group, while also repping clients in talent and motion picture lit from the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters.
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: 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, Keyhole, The Losers and My Sister’s Keeper. Patric continues to be managed by KLWGN, and lawyered by Jake Bloom.
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 this year. Moennig, an L Word and Three Rivers alum, is currently filming the feature My Dead Boyfriend, directed by Anthony Edwards, and recently wrapped hostage thriller Default. She’s also repped by Framework Entertainment.
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.”
‘Downton Abbey’s Daisy Lewis Signs With Paradigm; Molly Ringwald Inks With Resolution; Cara Buono Signs With CESD
Paradigm has signed UK actress Daisy Lewis, who joined PBS’s hit drama Downtown Abbey this season playing a new love interest for Tom Branson. Lewis appeared last year in Radius-TWC’s Pusher remake and starred opposite Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville in 2009′s From Time To Time, written and directed by Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes. She’s also appeared on Netflix’s Borgia and guested on Season 3 of BBC’s Doctor Who. Lewis is also repped by Independent Talent Group in the UK. Downton Abbey makes its U.S. Season 4 premiere on January 5.
Molly Ringwald has signed with Resolution. The actress is developing and exec producing a drama at Lifetime as a potential starring vehicle with Jon Scott Shepherd writing. Her credits range from the 1980s films Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink and The Breakfast Club to the 1996 ABC comedy Townies and a five-year run on The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. She continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment.
Emmy-nominated Cara Buono has signed with CESD for theatrical representation. The actress, writer, and director, who earned her Emmy nod for her Season 4 turn as Dr. Faye Miller on AMC’s Mad Men, also appeared on the final …
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed Joshua Michael Stern. He directed JOBS, the film that starred Ashton Kutcher as Apple wunderkind Steve Jobs. Stern writes and directs his projects, and also he often generates the financing. JOBS, his third film, closed the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released in August by Open Road Films. Before that, he co-wrote and directed Disney’s Swing Vote, the Capra-esque fable that starred Kevin Costner as a working-class slacker in a small New Mexico border town whose vote will decide a presidential election. Stern made his feature debut with the 2005 Toronto pic Neverwas. Stern came from CAA.
Andy Tennant Signs With Paradigm, Has Shirley MacLaine, Jacki Weaver, Alan Arkin Circling ‘Wild Oats’
EXCLUSIVE: Shortly after director Andy Tennant signed with Paradigm, the agency has set him to direct Wild Oats, a comedy that has Shirley MacLaine, Jacki Weaver and Alan Arkin in talks to star. The film, about a widow who receives an unexpected windfall check because of a computer glitch and goes on the run from the law, is a cross between The Bucket List and Thelma And Louise.
The film will be distributed domestically by The Weinstein Company with Sony releasing overseas. Pic is written by Claudia Myers and Gary Kanew, and produced by Blythe Frank and Kip Konwiser, with Michael Mailer executive producing. Production begins in late November in Puerto Rico and Chicago.
Tennant most recently had been repped by CAA, where Robert Bookman was part of his rep team. Bookman signed him at Paradigm with Valarie Phillips. Tennant is lawyered by Steve Warren.
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 new company, which officially starts on Monday, also has signed several other clients. Faigin, who came to Paradigm from PMK*BNC, informed the agency’s staff of his departure on Tuesday. His last day was yesterday. There is no immediate replacement for Faigin in Paradigm’s marketing department in Beverly Hills where Kathleen Trinh is the senior person and is considered a logical successor.
EXCLUSIVE: The internal announcement just went out at Paradigm that Dana Spector has become a Literary Rights agent there, leaving UTA where she worked in the Book Department for the last five years. She specializes in Books to TV packaging. Spector is her married name, but she had been known as Dana Borowitz. She will work in both motion picture and TV lit. She starts next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Aussie-born Aaron Wilson just popped his feature debut Canopy in the Discovery sidebar at the Toronto Film Festival and now has been inked by Paradigm. The agency’s Scott Henderson, Nick LoPiccolo and Ken Stovitz will handle him. Set during the Japanese invasion of Singapore in World War II, Canopy follows an Australian fighter pilot who is shot down in combat and is forced to navigate through enemy territory in search of sanctuary. That pic was financed outside the usual avenues, complete with a crowdfunding campaign to finish the film. Wilson already is in post on his second feature — a companion to Canopy shot back-to-back that follows how the pilot readjusts to society 30 years later. Wilson, who had done short films before this and helms commercials, also has signed with RGM for representation in Australia and with Echo Lake for management.
EXCLUSIVE: Trying to end the Toronto Film Festival with a strong Finnish (sorry for that, this festival has worn me out), Paradigm signed Peter Franzén, one of Finland’s most accomplished actors. Franzen stars in the Pierre Morel-directed spy thriller The Gunman opposite Sean Penn and Javier Bardem, and makes his feature directorial debut this month with Above Dark Waters. That pic opened September 6th in Finland. Franzen wrote the script from his semi-autobiographical 2010 novel of the same name. Franzén continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment and his co-agents continue to be Laura Munsterhjelm at Actors in Scandinavia. Franzen has been here at Toronto starring in Heart Of A Lion, in which he plays a neo-Nazi skinhead who falls hard for a woman who has a biracial son. Franzen’s next novel, With The Same Eyes, comes out this month. As for me, while I’m Catholic, I might use Yom Kippur this weekend as an opportunity to atone for the first sentence of this story.
EXCLUSIVE: Luca Calvani, is set to play the lead villain role of Alexander in director Guy Ritchie‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. at Warner Bros. And the When In Rome actor has just landed an agency, signing with Paradigm. The U.N.C.L.E. character is a wealthy Italian shipping heir who smuggled Nazi gold at end of WWII. Junior’s behind the sale of nuclear weapons. Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander star in the film, which is shooting in Europe. Calvani continues to be repped by Conway Van Gelder Grant in the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, who wrote, directed and produced Beneath The Harvest Sky. That film had it’s World Premiere in Toronto last night in the Discovery section and was a Next Wave selection of the festival. Paradigm is also selling the film. The filmmakers previously co-directed the docu The Way We Get By, about a group of senior citizens that transform their lives by greeting nearly 1 million U.S. troops at a small airport in Maine. Beneath The Harvest Sky stars Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe as two best friends that are fiercely loyal to one another, as they come of age in a small farming town in Maine. One is a potato farmer raising money so he and his pal can start over, while the other is drawn into a drug-smuggling ring with his outlaw father. Here’s the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm certainly has more than snapshots to show from its trip to Sweden. A day after announcing the signing of Easy Money screenwriter Maria Karlsson, the agency has inked local comic actress Josephine Bornebusch. Along with her regular role on the popular Swedish sitcom Solsidan, she stars in the upcoming Swedish-American series Welcome To Sweden, the first project from Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler’s production company Syskon. That English-language show stars Greg Poehler as a New York accountant who falls in love with a Swedish girl (Bornebusch) and follows his heart to Sweden. The eOne-distributed comedy will air on Sweden’s TV4 and is seeking a U.S. home. “There is a lot of exciting talent in the region that translates globally,” said Paradigm senior agent Ken Stovitz. “Josephine is a brilliant comedienne, and it is obvious why she is the most famous actress of her generation in Sweden. We believe that Josephine is going to be a major star globally.” Bornebusch’s credits include the 2013 features Crestfallen and Love And Lemons, and TV’s Playa Del Sol and Rederiet. She is additionally repped by Agentfirman in Europe.
EXCLUSIVE: Maria Karlsson, the screenwriter who penned the Swedish thriller trilogy Easy Money, has signed with Paradigm. Those movies helped launch the U.S. careers of star Joel Kinnaman and directors Daniel Espinoza (Safe House, Summit’s upcoming Child 44) and Babak Najafi (CBS Films’ upcoming Inside The Machine). (Child 44 by the way co-stars Kinneman and fellow Swede Noomi Rapace.) The agency flew to Sweden to seal the deal for Karlsson, who has helped shape the new film genre being called Stockholm noir and who Paradigm feels can have the same kind of success her Easy Money cohorts have found on this side of the pond. The final movie in series premiered in Sweden last night and opens in the territory this weekend. Karlsson also wrote the screenplay for the 2012 crime thriller The Hidden Child, directed by Per Hanefjord. Paradigm will start by shopping her latest spec script stateside.