The separation of management/ production company The Collective has been completed. Founding partners, veteran managers Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew, have launched a new management/production company named Silver Lining Entertainment. Joining them is the entire film and TV management arm of The Collective that includes Matt Goldman, Christina Gualazzi and Jason Shapiro. The company has opened offices on South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The plan for Silver Lining is to continue to represent film and TV talent as well as continue to expand the roster of personalities, writers, directors and musicians. In management structure, Silver Lining will emulate the culture of Seattle entertainment software/technology company Valve, which has no hierarchy, with all staffers collaborating as peers.
Leah Remini has been sued today by her ex-mangers over commissions from her upcoming ABC Family Tools sitcom. The mid-season replacement doesn’t even debut until next month but in their complaint (read it here) management company The Collective say they want what is due to them from the actress – and they are naming very precise figures. “Notwithstanding Plaintiff’s counsel in furthering Remini’s career, which among other things, led to her landing a role in the ABC television series Family Tools, Remini refuses to pay Plaintiff for its services in direct breach of the talent management agreement entered into between Plaintiff and Remini. Remini’s behavior will not be tolerated,” says the complaint filed Tuesday in LA Superior Court. After being represented by The Collective for just under a year, Remini fired them as her managers on October 26 of this year. While they might not have been happy about that, they are really not happy about being out tens of thousands in commissions for the ABC show. There is now due and owing the past-due sum of $67,000 for said commissions owed to Plaintiff by Remini and/or LMR. The $67,000 in commissions is calculated as follows: $l million in compensation received by Remini [$100,000 per episodes x l0 episodes = $l Million) minus the $330.000 hold fee from the Talent Holding Agreement = $670,000 …
ITV2 has given a four-episode order to Perez Hilton Super Fan, an unscripted series featuring the celebrity blogger getting close and personal with a different superstar each week — including Lady Gaga, Kelly Rowland, Katy Perry and Enrique Iglesias. The series, which will premiere on ITV2 in December, hails from Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content in collaboration with Scotland-based STV Prods., GroupM Entertainment and The Collective. Kinetic will be shopping the series to U.S. networks in the next few weeks. Internationally, it will be distributed by DRG.
Manager/producer Cory Concoff has joined management company The Collective. Concoff, who comes from independent management and production company Fuel Filmworks, brings with him such clients as writers Vincent Angell (The Beast), Jason Richman (Detroit 187) and Jason Cahill (Fringe); writer/director Larry Golin (Cross Bronx); and actress Sarah Habel (Whip It). Concoff served as an executive producer on A&E’s The Beast and as a producer on indie Cross Bronx. He was previously an agent at UTA for five years and a partner at the Bauer Co. The Collective has been in expansion mode over the past 2 years, adding a half-dozen managers.
Management/production company The Collective has teamed with Dane Boedigheimer, creator of the popular YouTube series The Annoying Orange, to produce The Annoying Orange animated TV comedy series. Conrad Vernon, co-director of Monsters and Aliens and Shrek 2, has come on board to executive produce. The Collective is financing six half-hour episodes from the project, which is being written by Tom Sheppard, an Emmy winner for Pinky and the Brain. Casting is already under way, with Malcolm McDowell set to voice one of the characters.
The Annoying Orange video series, which has amassed more than half-billion views on YouTube, features an orange with a human mouth and eyes heckling other characters, mostly other fruits and vegetables. The series has 7 million Facebook fans, it is the eighth-most-subscribed YouTube channel of all time and its app is in the Top 10 on iTunes.
The Collective, which reps Boedigheimer and Sheppard, took a similar route with Lucas Cruikshank’s web series Fred, developing it independently before taking it to Nickelodeon. Here is one Annoying Orange video, which has garnered 58 million views:
EXCLUSIVE: Talent manager/producer Lisa Blum has joined New Wave Entertainment. Blum, who comes from The Collective, is bringing all of her clients including Marlon Wayans, Cheri Oteri, Orlando Jones, Jennifer Hollander (Universal’s Merman), Jim Jefferies (HBO’s I Swear To God), Gary Owen (TBS’ House of Payne), Virginia Williams (USA’s Fairly Legal), Pete Johansson and Sammi Hanratty (American Girl).
Blum previously ran her own management company for six years. Before that, she was with Mosaic Media’s predecessor Gold/Miller, where she began her 15-year relationship with the Wayans brothers among other clients. While at Gold/Miller, in addition to managing talent, Blum also developed and produced TV and film projects, including movies Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2 and the WB series The Wayans Bros.
She most recently developed Pretty Ugly at Paramount, which will star Marlon Wayans; The Year of Living Biblically, also at Paramount, an adaptation of the AJ Jacobs’ book that is currently being written for Marlon to star; and Merman at Universal/Imagine.