Rep Sheet Roundup: 'Austin & Ally' Star Ross Lynch Signs With UTA
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Austin & Ally’s Ross Lynch has signed with UTA. The 19-year-old is currently starring in the fourth and final season of the hit Disney Channel comedy, for which he was won three consecutive Kids’ Choice Awards for favorite TV actor. On June 26, he also will reprise his starring role in the network’s sequel to its 2013 hit musical telepic Teen Beach Movie. Like his character on Austin & Ally, Lynch also is a recording artist in real life — he is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the pop-rock band R5, whose 2013 debut album LOUDER reached No. 1 on iTunes in 10 countries. This summer the band will tour the U.S. in support of its sophomore album, Sometime Last Night, which will be released July 10. Lynch continues to be represented by Stella Alex at the Savage Agency, Principato Young and attorney Fred Toczek of Felker Toczek.
Also known as Millicent Gergich
Sarah Wright has signed with CAA. Previously at Independent Artists, the actress has been seen in multiple supporting film and guest television roles, but is set to boost her profile considerably as Tom Cruise’s wife in Cross Creek and Imagine’s 1980s true-life crime thriller Mena, which is now shooting in Georgia and will be released by Universal on Jan. 6, 2017. This season Wright was a series regular on the NBC freshman comedy Marry Me and also has appeared on Parks & Recreation (where she played Jerry’s comely daughter), Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men and 7th Heaven. Her film credits include Walk of Shame, 21 & Over and The House Bunny. Wright continues to be represented by Ellen Meyer at Ellen Meyer Management.
The Designated Screenwriting Friend
The DUFF screenwriter Josh Cagan has signed with ICM Partners. He was previously with WME. Cagan’s adaptation of Kody Keplinger’s best-selling YA novel made the 2011 Black List before becoming a Lionsgate/CBS Films comedy starring Mae Whitman earlier this year. His first feature-length screenplay, Will, co-written with director Todd Graff, became the 2009 music-driven comedy Bandslam, with Vanessa Hudgens and Lisa Kudrow. Cagan also has sold a family comedy script, The Man Who Rocks the Cradle, to New Line and is developing a half-hour pilot for MTV. He continues to be represented by DMG Entertainment and McKuin Frankel.
Moonlighting as a serenader
The Goldbergs star Hayley Orrantia has signed with WME Nashville for music. She continues to be represented by APA in all other areas. Before her current gig as the titular family’s daughter on the ABC comedy, Orrantia actually got her showbiz start as a singer/songwriter, singing background vocals on Disney albums before being featured on the first season of Fox’s The X Factor as part of the country-pop girl group Lakoda Rayne. She is now working with producer Mark Bright (Rascall Flatts, Carrie Underwood) on a debut EP.
New management for Maks
Dancing With the Stars alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy has signed with Trueheart Events and PR partner Amy Malin for management. The fiery ballroom dancer retired from the ABC competition last summer and is currently performing a two-night limited engagement of his show Sway: A Dance Trilogy at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom this weekend. Malin will work with Chmerkovskiy, who co-owns the Dance With Me studio chain, on developing original television concepts.
Keeping up with Mr. Jones
Evan Jones has signed with Abrams. He previously was with APA. The working actor is currently filming the indie crime drama Shot Caller, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Last year, he was seen in History’s miniseries Houdini, in which he co-starred as the legendary illusionist’s assistant and confidant, and Tommy Lee Jones’ western The Homesman. His other credits include A Million Ways to Die in the West, Gangster Squad, The Book of Eli, Rescue Dawn and 8 Mile, and the TV shows Backstrom, Criminal Minds, Brothers & Sisters and ER. He was a series regular on the 2007-08 ABC drama October Road.
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