CAA Literary Agent, Manager, 'Midnight Special' Producer Form New Management Company
CAA literary agent Matt Rosen, manager Jeff Silver and producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones have formed Grandview, a management company that will have writers, directors and TV producers in its lens.
The focus will be across all genres as well as mediums with clients creating high-end commercial fare, the trio say.
The company will be split into two areas of concentration: Rosen and Silver will be repping clients and building careers, and Kavanaugh-Jones will help clients with packaging and production. (He will also continue to produce films via his Automatik production shingle, which is behind Autobahn, which will star Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones; he also produced Jeff Nichols’ new feature, Midnight Special with Michael Shannon, and this summer will be in production on Insidious: Chapter 3.)
Grandview will open for business in June, and the plan is to expand into other areas beyond literary management, such as talent.
Grandview will retain clients from Silver’s past company, Fourth Floor Productions, including screenwriters Michael Mitnick (The Giver), Andrew Dodge (Bad Words), and Matthew Charman (DreamWorks’ untitled James Donovan project for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks), whom he represents with Rosen.
The trio originally met at CAA, where Rosen and Silver were in the motion picture literary department and Kavanaugh-Jones was part of the firm's finance and sales group.
Rosen, who joined CAA in 2006 and worked for Richard Lovett and John Campisi before his promotion to agent in 2009, reps clients such as Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco) and Mark Heyman (Black Swan). He packaged and negotiated the Terminator rights deal with Skydance/Annapurna as well as negotiated a first-look deal at Fox for comic book publisher Boom!/Archaia.
Silver’s 5-year-old Fourth Floor Productions had clients running the gamut from screenwriter Jonathan Igla (Mad Men) to playwright Robert Askins (Hand to God, which is getting a Broadway run this fall) to novelist Charles Cumming (The Trinity Six).
Kavanaugh-Jones recently wrapped Air, starring Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou, and has The Signal, a sci-fi thriller starring Brenton Thwaites and Laurence Fishburne, opening June 13.
Grandview have a staff that includes Fourth Floor managers Chris Goble and Zac Frognowski as well as Automatik executives Bailey Conway and Rian Cahill.