Veteran TV director-producer Gil Junger has signed with APA. Junger has directed hundreds of series episodes, including Ellen DeGeneres’ coming-out episode on Ellen. He most recently helmed TV Land’s Terri Minsky pilot and cable series Glory Daze, Hot in Cleveland, and 10 Things I Hate About You, on which he also directed the pilot. (Junger also helmed the feature 10 Things I Hate About You, on which the ABC Family series was based.) Junger continues to be repped by the law firm of Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof & Fishman.
Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger, supervising producers on CBS comedy $#*! My Dad Says, have signed with ICM. Lisbe and Reger, who were at UTA, previously worked on Just Shoot Me! and Spin City and are currently writing Air Guitar for Paramount. ICM also reps $#*! co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker.
EXCLUSIVE (UPDATED BELOW): There’s been no announcement yet. But Ann Blanchard is already being accused of breaking Hollywood protocol by not first informing those agents repping her Mosaic Media Group’s TV management clients of her change of employment. Instead, she’s calling those clients today and trying to take them with her to CAA. As a result, agencies who gave her clients to manage are calling me spitting mad. For instance, UTA reps Mosaic’s TV biz and yet Blanchard today was phoning UTA clients to come with her to CAA. Before moving to Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic where she’s been producing several projects, Blanchard had been a TV lit agent and SVP at the old William Morris Agency and is now calling her former clients from there, too. Blanchard, who wasn’t supposed to start at CAA for another 3 weeks, already has 10 high level clients at the tenpercentery including Amy Brenneman, Ed Redlich, Alexa Junge, Doug Petrie, and TV director Michael Dinner. I’ve been hearing that CAA wants to widen its writers / creators / showrunners list after what is well known to be several ”off” years packaging pilots and down this year as well. Remember that movies are the glitz of the agency biz but TV is the cash cow.
UPDATE: Ann Blanchard just told me: “I feel terrible about this reaction and of course want to make clear that I truly value my relationships with all the agencies. I’m in the process of calling all the high-level agents I’ve worked with over the course of this weekend. … Read More »