Chris Highland had been at Paradigm since early last year and before that spent seven years at Gersh. He joins UTA‘s New York office as a talent agent covering theater as well as TV and film. His client list includes Victor Garber, Josh Hamilton, Adam Rothenberg, Patina Miller, Aya Cash and Dagmara Dominczyk among others. The move follows the addition of theater rep Mark Subias’ move there in April, and is part of the agency’s NY push to boost its legit business in Broadway, off-Broadway, regional and London theater.
Veteran licensing and endorsements agent Andrew Francis has joined UTA. He previously had been an agent at ICM Partners since 2008. Francis will work in the agency’s branding, licensing and endorsements division headed by UTA partner Lisa Jacobson. He’ll focus on licensing opportunities between brands and talent. Jacobson welcomed Francis as “a terrific addition to our team”. At ICM, Francis secured deals in various fields including music, film, TV, fashion, and sports. He closed deals with Dancing with the Stars and Joes Jeans as well as on-air talent, especially with actors and personalities working in alternative television.
A little over a year after he left ICM to join UTA as an agent in the TV Talent department, Mike Jelline has been promoted to co-head of the department. Jelline, who is based in Los Angeles, will co-run UTA‘s TV Talent department with current co-head Nancy Gates, who is based in the agency’s New York office. Ruthanne Secunda, who co-headed the TV talent team with Gates, will re-focus on client representation.
This marks Jelline’s return to administrative duty — he headed ICM’s TV Talent department before he left the agency last summer after 12 years.
WME – 30 Winners
CAA – 29 Winners
UTA – 15 Winners
ICM - 10 Winners
APA – 4 Winners
Paradigm – 2 Winners
Gersh – 2 Winners
Innovative Artists – 1 Winner
Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Directing For a Miniseries Or A Movie
Jay Roach, Game Change
Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Miniseries or Movie: Game Change
Jay Roach, Executive Producer
Outstanding Drama Series: Homeland
Alex Gansa, Executive Producer
Howard Gordon, Executive Producer
Michael Cuesta, Executive Producer
Gideon Raff, Executive Producer
Avi Nir, Executive Producer
Ran Telem, Executive Producer
Alexander Cary, Co-Executive Producer
Meredith Stiehm, Consulting Producer
Cindy Chupack, Co-Executive Producer
Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger (PBS)
Kevin Clash, Producer
Outstanding Nonfiction Special: George Harrison: Living In The Material World (HBO)
Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Executive Producer For Sikelia Productions
Produced by Martin Scorsese
Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Children’s Hospital (Cartoon Network)
Rob Corddry, Executive Producer
David Wain, Executive Producer
Outstanding Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jill Katz, Producer
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Kevin Bleyer, Writer
John Oliver, Writer
Jason Ross, Writer
‘Night Moves’ Director, Producers, UTA Sued By Edward Pressman & Edward Abbey Widow For Copyright Infringement
Night Moves might be stopped before it is even started. In a copyright infringement civil suit (read it here) filed Thursday, Edward R. Pressman Film and Clarke Abbey, widow of author Edward Abbey, are asking federal court to shut down the film because of its similarity to Abbey’s 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang. Abbey and Pressman, who owns the film option to the novel, are also seeking unspecified damages from the defendants. And there are a lot of defendants named in the eight-page suit. Director Kelly Reichardt, her screenwriting partner Jonathan Raymond, Night Moves executive producers Todd Haynes, Larry Fessenden, Alejandro De Leon, Film Science, and RT Features CEO Rodrigo Teixeira are among those named. So is The Match Factory GmbH, the foreign sales agent for Night Moves, who was working at the Toronto Film Festival last week for the film. Also named as a defendant is UTA Independent Film Group. The agency division is the domestic sales agent for Night Moves. Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard are set to star.
EXCLUSIVE: UTA has just signed Wayne Blair, who made his feature directorial debut with The Sapphires. It’s the first U.S. representation for the Australian filmmaker whose musical premiered at Cannes. The Weinstein Company bought U.S. distribution and …
EXCLUSIVE: UTA emerged from a competitive pursuit and has signed Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. UTA becomes the first U.S. agency for Guadagnino, best known for helming I Am Love (Io Sono L’amore), the film that starred Tilda Swinton. It was nominated last year for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Guadagnino already is capitalizing on the film that put him on the map. He’s next going to direct a remake for Studio Canal of the 1969 pic La Piscine, which will be entitled A Bigger Splash. Scripted by Dave Kajganich, the film will begin production early next year.
EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Osbourne has signed with UTA for representation in television and film. The Emmy-winning television producer and TV personality and author currently co-hosts the CBS daytime talk series The Talk. But she just made headlines for quitting as a long-time judge on America’s Got Talent. She accused NBC of discriminating against her son Jack and unhiring him from the new reality series Stars Earn Stripes after his multiple sclerosis diagnosis earlier this summer. NBC has denied the discrimination allegation. But the fact is that Osbourne, by departing her series early, remains under contract with NBC which she says can stop her from being a judge on another network for 5 years. Given that, it’s understandable that she is changing agents. But this multitalented and popular TV star should be creating reality or talent shows, not just judging them given all her experience with them.
UPDATE: So what else is new? J-Lo over the years has disposed of more Hollywood agencies than boyfriends including CAA, ICM, Endeavor, and William Morris – sometimes more than once. So now she’s returned to CAA after a …