Authentic Adds Two New Managers to Its Growing Roster
Authentic Talent & Literary Management is expanding its Brooklyn-based firm by adding longtime WME agent Sean Elliott and manager Stuart Wrede.
Wrede will help Authentic grow its above-the-line representation business and work with clients to develop and produce projects for TV, film and new media. His clients include Brad Carpenter (Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie), John Buffalo Mailer, whose feature Hello Herman will be released June 7, and director Voula Wolf Duval (currently prepping to the feature Trophy Wife). Wrede previously served as the head of development for Barry Levinson before moving into the representation world at Cinetic Media.
“I was drawn to Authentic because I was blown away by their ability to embrace the purest definitions of the words ‘team’ and ‘commitment,’ when it comes to both making clients' dreams possible and empowering each to have a positive impact on the world," Wrede said. "That is what it means to be authentic, and that is why it is a company I am proud to join."
Authentic, founded by Jon Rubinstein, is known for its commitment to social action and fostering the spirit of activism among its staff and its clients, which include Vera Farmiga, Michael C. Hall and America Ferrera.
Elliott is making the switch to manager after spending 14 years as a talent and motion picture agent at Endeavor and later WME. Most recently, his clients included Russell Brand, Casey Affleck, Chris Lilley, Stephen Mangan and James Marsden. It is unclear at this time which clients Elliott will bring with him to Authentic.
Elliott will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office and will grow its talent division. Additionally, Elliott will work closely with clients to help them lend their voices to causes that they deem important.
“I have gained so much from the inspirational culture and leadership of Endeavor/WME," Elliott said. "Now I am honored and inspired to be included in the dynamic growth of Authentic -- where a bigger, grander, holistic vision and view of our world is woven into the DNA of creative management and client representation. I am excited to help Jon and his incredible team expand Authentic's presence and mission in Los Angeles.”
Added Rubinstein, “I'm so excited to have Sean and Stuart join our team at Authentic. They're both extraordinary, passionate, respected team players who are fiercely committed to furthering Authentic's mission in the world while doing top-notch work for our amazing clients.”
Rubinstein says the new hires embody Authentic’s growth as a path to fulfilling its mission to positively impact the planet.
The company recently signed a 10-year lease to move its office space to 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood, which is also home to the new IFP/Made in NY Media Center. Additionally, Authentic will be moving into new, larger Los Angeles offices in the second half of 2013.
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