Rep Sheet Roundup: CAA Signs ‘Clash’ Filmmaker Mohamed Diab
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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Diab on Them
CAA has signed writer-director Mohamed Diab, whose latest film, Clash (Eshtebak), premiered in May in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section. The agency also has signed his wife and writing partner, Sarah Goher. THR called Clash, set in Cairo during the 2013 clashes behind pro- and anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators and shot entirely inside the back of a police riot van, a Cannes Hidden Gem. Diab’s 2010 directorial debut, Cairo 678, won best feature and best international feature at the Chicago International Film Festival, which praised the film “for addressing relevant social issues.” THR called it an “engrossing depiction” of the everyday sexual harassment that women in Egypt face. Diab continues to be repped by attorney Matt Galsor of Greenberg Glusker.
CAA also has partnered with Hong Kong-based Global Brands Group to launch the joint venture CAA-GBG Global Brand Management Group, which becomes the world’s largest brand management company. Clients of CAA-GBG, a subsidiary of Global Brands with 24 offices in 20 countries, will include Coca-Cola, Jeep, Hershey’s, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and the Bob Marley estate. CAA licensing head Perry Wolfman will serve as CEO, while Global Brands’ international Brand Management Group president Jared Margolis will become president of CAA-GBG. “We have a tremendous track record of success in creating robust licensing programs for our clients in the North American marketplace,” CAA president Richard Lovett said in a statement. “The formation of CAA-CBG enables us to marry the vast resources of both CAA and Global Brands to create world-class business-building opportunities for our combined clients globally.”
Finally, CAA Sports has acquired Munich-based sports and entertainment brand consultancy Cemano Communication, CAA Sports’ seventh acquisition in 12 months and the 11th in 24 months for the entire agency. It’s also the second international brand consulting firm to join CAA Sports, which added London-based brandrapport in January. Cemano’s 25 employees will join CAA Sports’ Munich office, which was opened in 2014, and Cemano founders Marc Socher and Dominicus Doriat will stay on as heads of CAA Sports Consulting Germany. “In a short period of time, we have solidified CAA’s leadership position in the sports consulting space in the U.S., and are equally focused on delivering our best-in-class service offerings to clients globally,” Greg Luckman, global head of CAA Sports Consulting, said in a statement. “Marc, Dom and their team are among the most accomplished and well-respected international brand marketing executives, and we look forward to collaborating on world-class opportunities for our clients in Germany and beyond.”
Another Agency Addition
UTA has hired television literary agent Rina Brannen from Rothman Brecher, where for the past three years her clients included writers Alex Metcalf (UnREAL) and Jen Klein (Grey’s Anatomy) as well as directors Zetna Fuentas (Pretty Little Liars) and Steven A. Adelson (executive producer of Freeform’s upcoming Beyond). Brannen got her start as an assistant in CAA’s motion picture lit department, then worked for various producers and filmmakers before becoming an agent at Gersh for two years.
You May Have Recognized Him as “Confused Tech”
Film composer John Ottman has signed with First Artists Management. He has scored three X-Men movies, including the most recent (X-Men: Apocalypse), in which he had a small cameo, plus five more Bryan Singer films, including The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns and Valkyrie. Ottman is now working on Singer’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. His other credits include Shane Black’s The Nice Guys and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang as well as Non-Stop, the first two Fantastic 4 films and The Cable Guy.
This Signing’s No Joke
Brillstein has signed up-and-coming comedian Nate Bargatze. The Old Hickory, Tenn., native’s one-hour special Full Time Magic premiered on Comedy Central last year, when he was touted as a comic to watch by several outlets and established comedians, including Jim Gaffigan and Marc Maron. Since earning praise during the New Faces showcase at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival in 2008, Bargatze has toured with Jimmy Fallon’s Clean Cut Comedy Tour, performed for U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait five times and recurred as a guest on Comedy Central’s @midnight. His 2014 debut album Yelled at by a Clown reached No. 1 on iTunes’ comedy chart and remained on Billboard’s Top 10 comedy chart for weeks.
Mindshare Expands West
WPP media agency network Mindshare has hired Cheryl Idell to lead its West Coast operations. Idell, who worked closely with Disney in her most recent role as executive vp client solutions at Nielsen, will be based in Mindshare West Coast’s Los Angeles headquarters and also oversee its offices in Portland and San Francisco, which opened earlier this year. Idell started her career in media research for various advertising and media agencies in New York, and she previously held senior positions at 20th Century Fox, IAG Research (now Nielsen TV Brand Effect) and Initiative Media, where she served as executive vp, chief strategic and research officer.
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