Rep Sheet Roundup: CAA Signs ‘Vampire Academy’ Star, WME Lands ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’ Director
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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Stepping out on her own
Vampire Academy star Zoey Deutch has signed with CAA. The daughter of Lea Thompson and Some Kind of Wonderful director Howard Deutch will play the female lead in Richard Linklater’s next film, the Dazed and Confused “spiritual sequel” That’s What I’m Talking About. Deutch is currently shooting the coming-of-age comedy Good Kids opposite The Perks of Being a Wallflower’s Nicholas Braun. Last year she appeared in the YA fantasy adaptation Beautiful Creatures as well as two episodes of her mother’s ABC Family drama Switched at Birth. She was a series regular on The CW’s Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Deutch continues to be managed by Gordon Gilbertson at Gilbertson Entertainment and repped by publicists Mia Hansen and Mona Loring at MLC PR and attorney Todd Rubenstein at Morris Yorn.
Escobar: Paradise Lost director finds an agent
Italian filmmaker Andrea Di Stefano has signed with WME. His Escobar: Paradise Lost screened at Telluride and Toronto and is generating awards buzz for Benicio Del Toro, who plays the notorious Colombia drug lord Pablo Escobar. Radius-TWC will release the film in North America on Nov. 26. It’s an impressive writing and directorial debut for Di Stefano, an actor in his native Italy who has also appeared in Before Night Falls, Nine, Eat Pray Love and Life of Pi. Di Stefano is the third foreign filmmaking talent to sign with WME in the past week, after Damian Szifron (Argentina’s Oscar entry Wild Tales) and Ruben Ostlund (Sweden’s Academy submission Force Majeure).
UTA to Hansen-Løve: Je t’aime
French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve has signed with UTA. The writer/director’s drama Eden, which chronicles Paris’ electronic dance music scene, premiered at Toronto and has sold its North American rights to upstart U.S. distributor Broad Green Pictures for a spring 2015 release. Hansen-Løve won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 2009 for her Un Certain Regard selection Father of My Children and was previously nominated for Cannes’ Golden Camera as well as Cesar’s Best First Film for her 2007 family drama Tout est pardonné. Her third feature was romantic drama Goodbye First Love. Hansen-Løve continues to be repped by Francois Samuelson at France’s Intertalent.
She’s not getting left behind
The Leftovers’ Emily Meade has signed with CAA. She was previously with Innovative. The actress plays Lolita-esque Aimee on the HBO drama, four years after appearing on the network as Boardwalk Empire’s doomed prostitute Pearl. Last year Meade won best actress at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for her work in the indie drama Bluebird, an honor she shared with fellow stars Amy Morton, Louisa Krause and Margo Martindale. Meade will be seen next year in the comedy Me Him Her, written and directed by Chronicle’s Max Landis. Her previous film credits include That Awkward Moment, Thanks for Sharing and Sleepwalk with Me, and she also co-starred opposite Chace Crawford and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in 2010’s drug-dealer drama Twelve. Last November, Meade starred as Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf’s daughter in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Bruce Norris’ play Domesticated, a role that THR’s film and theater critic David Rooney said was “played with real fire.” Meade continues to be repped by manager Bob Glennon at Authentic and attorney Michael Mahan at Peikoff Mahan.
Joined by holy bonds of agency
The Exes star David Alan Basche has signed with Abrams. Last month TV Land doubled the comedy’s fourth season from 12 to 24 episodes. Basche and his wife, Orange is the New Black’s Alysia Reiner, are now both repped by Jay Schachter, the former Prestige theatrical division director who joined Abrams in June. Basche has guest starred on Person of Interest, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Mentalist and played Debra Messing’s ex-husband on USA’s The Starter Wife. His big-screen credits include Real Steel, The Adjustment Bureau and War of the Worlds. Basche is repped in New York by Harden-Curtis and Associates and managed by Mark Rousso at New Wave.
She’s got a lot of Verve
Former Lionsgate TV manager Melissa Darman has joined Verve as an agent. The comedy specialist helped develop and produce Lionsgate’s 10/90 series Anger Management, St. George and Partners. As a comedy development coordinator at ABC before that, she was involved in developing more than 25 pilots during the 2011-13 seasons, including Neighbors, Mixology and The Goldbergs. Darman began her career in the mailroom at ICM Partners before rising to assistant and then coordinator in the agency’s TV literary department.
Sacajawea gets a guide
Mizuo Peck has signed with Don Buchwald and Associates. The actress is best known for portraying Sacajawea in 20th Century Fox’s Night at the Museum franchise, whose third installment will be released Dec. 19. Last year the New York City native appeared in A Case of You with Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood and Almost in Love with Alan Cumming. Her television credits include Law & Order: Criminal Intent and All My Children. On stage, Peck performed in the Public Theater’s productions of All’s Well That Ends Well and Suzan-Lori Park’s 365 Days/365 Plays.
Team members get a boost
Sports and entertainment digital consulting firm Omnigon has promoted founding partners David Nugent and Bora Nikolic to chief commercial officer and chief creative officer, respectively. Nugent was previously svp of business development, and Nikolic was creative and design director. Founded in 2008, the New York-based Omnigon advises its clients, which include the PGA Tour, the MLB, Fox, Viacom, the NFL and NASCAR, on strategies such as fan engagement, second screen and OTT/TV Everywhere experiences and content management solutions.
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