Rep Sheet Roundup: Gersh Signs D.L. Hughley, Paradigm Gets Mark Valley
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Hughley’s new home
Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley has signed with Gersh. He was previously with ICM. The stand-up comic created and starred in the sitcom The Hughleys, which ran for four seasons on ABC and then UPN. During that span, he also starred alongside Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac in the 2000 docufilm The Original Kings of Comedy. His other TV credits include Scrubs, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Dancing With the Stars. Hughley’s social commentary-charged comedy has led to projects such as his CNN talker DL Hughley Breaks the News, his 2012 book I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes is Ruining America and his 2012 Comedy Central special D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List, which was recognized with a Peabody Award. In April he starred in his ninth stand-up special, Showtime’s Clear, and he continues to host The DL Hughley Show on radio stations nationwide. Hughley also is repped by managers Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky at 3 Arts, and by business partner Sonya Vaughn at his banner, Five Timz Productions.
Chisel-jawed TV vet goes to Paradigm
Mark Valley has signed with Paradigm. After recurring as the director of the CIA on NBC’s Crisis last season, the real-life U.S. Army veteran is set to recur as a private detective on the 15th season of CBS’ CSI, which returns on Sunday. After breaking out in Fox’s 2003 cult favorite Keen Eddie, Valley has been a series regular on Boston Legal, Fringe, Harry’s Law and Body of Proof and starred on the Fox action drama Human Target. In film, he appeared as a pilot in Zero Dark Thirty and voiced Superman/Clark Kent in the animated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns — Part 2 last year. Valley is managed by Greg Clark at Untitled.
UTA signs daredevil journalist
UTA has signed Vice correspondent Ryan Duffy. Duffy’s excursions on behalf of the media company (and HBO newsmagazine) have taken him from North Korea with Dennis Rodman to Cairo during the Arab Spring, where he was jailed. Duffy started at Vice Media as an intern while studying journalism at NYU.
Everyone’s going digital
Friday marks publicist Whitney Kimmel Glassberg’s last day at ID PR. Starting Oct. 13, she’ll be handling entertainment communications at Facebook from its Playa Vista office. During her three-year tenure as director of film and content publicity at ID PR, Kimmel Glassberg led campaigns for theatrical releases including Dallas Buyers Club, The Artist and Before Midnight and advised clients on their social and digital media presence, including identifying opportunities for strategic partnerships.
Theatrical agent Richard N. Lewis, who worked out of West Hollywood’s The Geddes Agency until sisters Ann and Elizabeth Geddes retired in May 2013, is now a manager at Chrome Artists Management. Lewis also spent a brief stint at Greater Vision Artists Talent Agency. Chrome’s production arm, Chrome Entertainment, has greenlighted the horror movie Deadnight, from Bio-Dome writer Scott Marcano, to start shooting in Texas next January.
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