Rep Sheet Roundup: Bella Thorne Signs With 42West
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news.
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Bella Thorne has signed with publicity firm 42West. The Disney Channel alum most recently appeared in Boo! A Madea Halloween, and next year she will star in Freeform’s soapy drama Famous in Love, from Pretty Little Liars creator I. Marlene King.
42West also has signed Latin recording artist Nicky Jam, who was a big winner at the most recent Billboard Latin Music Awards as well as the inaugural Latin American Music Awards last year. He’ll make his acting debut when xXx: Return of Xander Cage opens Jan. 20.
Documentary Now! co-showrunner Alex Buono has signed with UTA. The IFC mockuseries, which Buono co-directs with Rhys Thomas, completed its second season in October and will return for a third. Like Thomas and stars Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, Buono is a Saturday Night Live alum (as a director of photography). He wrote and produced the 2008 steroid documentary Bigger Stronger Faster, which won the special jury prize at Karlovy Vary. Buono continues to be managed by Michael Lasker and Emily Rose at Mosaic.
Coming soon to a small screen near you
Stan Rosenfield & Associates vice president of talent Marianna Shafran has signed:
· American Gods series regular Yetide Badaki, who will play Bilquis, an ancient goddess of love, in Starz’s long-awaited Neil Gaiman adaptation
· 24: Legacy series regular Anna Diop, who will play the wife of star Corey Hawkins’ character on the Fox franchise reboot
Married to a clone
Orphan Black’s Kristian Bruun has signed with Don Buchwald & Associates. He has played Alison’s husband, Donnie, for all five seasons of the acclaimed Tatiana Maslany-starring drama. He also stars in long-running Canadian drama Murdoch Mysteries and recently completed production on The Space Between, the feature directorial debut of original Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson. Bruun continues to be represented by Amanda Rosenthal Talent in Canada and managed by Gilbertson Entertainment.
Better Things ahead
Liv and Maddie alum Benjamin King has signed with Luber Roklin. He played the twins’ dad through the first three seasons of the Disney Channel series, then appeared this fall in the “Woman is the Something of the Something” episode of FX’s Better Things, which THR’s TV critics named one of the best episodes of 2016. King continues to be represented by Innovative.
Building a Team
Filmmaker Oliver Irving has signed with manager Jennifer Au of Untitled Entertainment. His sophomore feature, the comedy Ghost Team, starred Jon Heder and was released by The Orchard this summer. He previously wrote and directed the dramedy How to Be, which starred Robert Pattinson and was released by IFC Films in 2008.
MDM Media, a public relations and marketing agency based in New York, has signed Destiny’s Child alum LaTavia Roberson, who also has appeared in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and TV One’s R&B Divas.
Actress Michelle Morgan, the star of Heartland, Canada’s longest running drama, has signed with Los Angeles-based management company The Greenroom.
Actor James DuMont has signed with talent agency Media Artists Group. His recent credits include Patriots Day, Deepwater Horizon, Trumbo and Jurassic World, as well as CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans and Zoo and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.
Horror filmmaker L. Gustavo Cooper has signed with manager Andrew Wilson at Zero Gravity. He previously was at Luber Roklin for management.
More hirings and promotions
ICM Partners has promoted three coordinators to agent:
· Nathalie Didier and Chris Horsman, who are now talent agents based in Los Angeles
· Justin Ianda, now an agent in global branded entertainment based in New York
Allied Integrated Marketing is expanding its multicultural practice:
· Allied Moxy, which targets the African-American audience, is led by Erika Bennett, who has been promoted to senior vice president
· Allied Contigo, formerly known as Allied Hispanic, is led by Marcella Cuonzo, who has been promoted to senior vice president. Vanessa Krause has been elevated to vice president of Hispanic field marketing.
· Allied Pride has been launched to focus on the LGBTQ community
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