Rep Sheet Roundup: Comedian Tom Papa Signs With APA
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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APA comes to Papa
Actor and comedian Tom Papa has signed with APA. Two months after recurring as the dubious medical supply peddler Mr. Luff on Cinemax drama The Knick, Papa will be seen as one of the many comedy boldfaces in Chris Rock’s Top Five. Next year, Papa will host the new Fox game show Boom!, to go with previous TV credits The Marriage Ref, The New Adventures of Old Christine and HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, in which he portrayed Liberace’s producer Ray Arnett. Papa, who also has appeared in films The Informant!, Bee Movie and Analyze That, hosts weekly SiriusXM show Come to Papa. He continues to be managed by 3 Arts.
Publicists sign actors
Louis Gossett Jr. has signed with publicity firm Stan Rosenfield & Associates. At 78, the Oscar winner (An Officer and a Gentleman) is still actively working, recurring this summer as Halle Berry’s father in CBS’ Extant. He stars opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in the BET/CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes, an adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s best-selling novel Someone Knows My Name, which premiered at MIPCOM in Cannes in October.
Chinese actress Jing Tian has signed with BWR Public Relations’ Nicole Perna and John Goschin. Last month the 25-year-old won the Hollywood Film Awards’ inaugural Hollywood International Award for her work in recent action hits Police Story 2013 (opposite Jackie Chan) and Special ID (opposite Donnie Yen). She also is a spokesmodel for L’Oreal in Asia.
Helloooo, nurse – I mean, doctor
Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin has signed with ICM Partners. The actress plays sexy resident Dr. Carrie Roman on the Showtime dramedy, whose seventh and final season will premiere next year. She also co-stars in the indie romantic comedy Take Care, opening today, and will soon be seen in the 20th Century Fox drama True Story, opposite James Franco and Jonah Hill. Gilpin’s stage credits include Signature Theatre’s world premiere of Sam Shepard’s Heartless and Zoe Kazan’s We Live Here, opposite Oscar Isaac, and next month she returns to the New York stage in Halley Feiffer’s two-hander I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard at the Atlantic Theater Company. Gilpin continues to be repped by David Williams at David Williams Management.
A new rep in his corner
Boxing broadcaster James “Smitty” Smith has signed a multiyear management deal with Creative Talent. The broadcast talent agency will help the Las Vegas-based sports personality pursue opportunities in television, radio, digital media, publishing and life coaching. Smith hosts the syndicated TV show In This Corner, is a Fox Sports Radio contributor and has interviewed past and present boxing legends Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. “Smitty is a world-wide media brand,” said Creative Talent CEO Steve Gallagher in a joint statement with Smith, who replied, “The timing is perfect for this partnership in capitalizing my creative talents.”
Manager pings Pingry
Cinematographer John “Ping” Pingry has signed with colleen., a management company founded by agent, coach and business development consultant Colleen Dolan Vinetz, for exclusive commercial representation. A former banker, Pingry built film resume as an assistant cameraman on Chicago-based projects like Chain Reaction, The Negotiator and The Sum of All Fears. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he served as AC for the first season of CBS’ Cold Case as well as for films including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Stone andThe Mechanic. He also served as the time-lapse DP for The Hangover. Over the past three years, Pingry has established a career as a commercial DP for campaigns that include McDonald’s, Ziplock, Centrum, Dutch Boy Paints, American Girl and Morning Star Farms. “I signed with Colleen because I was seeking a smaller, more intimate agency that had similar sensibilities to mine,” Pingry said in a joint statement with Dolan Vinetz, who said, “He is positioned to break through to top level commercial work. The look and feel of his work is totally accessible – a beautiful combination of both classic and modern photography.”
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