Rep Sheet Roundup: ‘CSI’ Star Eric Szmanda Signs With Abrams
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact [email protected].
Gearing up for life after CSI
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star Eric Szmanda has signed with Abrams. The move comes days before this Sunday’s two-hour series finale for the long-running CBS procedural, on which he has played investigator Greg Sanders in all but nine of 337 episodes, dating back to the pilot in 2000. Prior to CSI, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate was a regular on USA’s The Net, an adaptation of the 1995 Sandra Bullock movie.
Uber for doctors?
UTA managing director Jay Sures has invested in the healthcare app Heal and joined its board of directors. Heal, currently available on iOS and Android in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco, allows users to request physician house calls, even same-day, for a $99 flat rate per visit. “I am personally delighted to join the board of Heal, a company which is going to change and affect many lives in a positive way, both in terms of patients receiving medical care as well as those working in the healthcare system,” Sures said in a statement.
Blending branding and talent management
Allison Statter, daughter of Irving Azoff, and marketing executive Sherry Jhawar have founded Blended Strategy Group, a new branding and talent management company. The firm is launching with a considerable roster that already includes Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Chelsea Handler, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Scherzinger and Julianne Hough. Statter is a former executive at Azoff Music Management and Jhawar previously served as global vice president of marketing for beauty company eos Products.
A literal momager!
Despicable Me’s Dana Gaier has signed with The Green Room, which also has hired her mother Sherry Gaier as a manager. The younger Gaier voices Gru’s middle child, Edith, in the Universal animated franchise, while her mother has a background in public relations and litigation.
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