THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100
"What we've done, and what I think everybody has had to do, as agents is really become even more 'producerial' in our approach to the business," says Clemens of the new challenges of the industry. "You can't just be in one area. You have to be diversified." On the other hand, she notes, this has prompted "a ton of great opportunity for new people."
Clemens recently helped move the boxing drama Southpaw, packaged with client Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) and Eminem, from DreamWorks to MGM and Sony. And she's on the agency team for Tony award-nominated Book of Mormon star Josh Gad, who now has several movies and a TV show set up around town.
Clemens also has nabbed gigs or sold specs for writer clients Melissa Wallack (Mirror Mirror at Relativity), Will Staples (Myth at Fox), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (The Sigma Protocol at Universal, Highlander at Summit) and Wally Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at Fox, Infinitely Polar Bear).
Her focus on alternative sources of financing and blending studio work with independent filmmaking have been a necessary adjustment in her approach to clients. "You have a situation where the mentality of our business for development executives went from, 'I need to be constantly buying material and hiring the most expensive people to justify my job' to 'I can't make a move or I'm going to put a bull's-eye on my back,' " says Clemens, 42. "It's a reflection of the economy."
Married to TV writer Vaun Wilmott and the mother of two boys, aged 2 and 4, the San Francisco-born Orange County transplant has lately been drawing targets on backs of colleagues, clients and friends who assemble at her Pacific Palisades home to play a murderous strategy game she's obsessed with one called Mafia. "It's like poker without the casino," she says, pointing out that it has more than once thrown an unexpected spotlight on a spouse's "diabolical" side. "It's all lying and deception."
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