Rep Sheet Roundup: Gina Gershon Signs With Abrams
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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Bound for Abrams
Gina Gershon has signed with Abrams Artists Agency in all areas. The Bound star was seen last fall in Amazon’s 1980s country club-set comedy Red Oaks, playing the wife of club president Paul Reiser. She also appeared last year in the Lorne Michaels-produced comedy Staten Island Summer, which was written by Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and premiered on Netflix in July. She recently completed filming on the romantic comedy Permission, opposite The Gift’s Rebecca Hall and Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens. Gershon continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment.
Have an ice cream cone
Former NFL quarterback-turned-analyst Trent Dilfer has signed with CAA. During his 14 pro seasons, the Fresno State alum played for five teams, including the Super Bowl XXXV-winning Baltimore Ravens. Dilfer retired after the 2007 season and now is an analyst for ESPN and can be heard on the radio from the NFL Draft to the Super Bowl. He also has appeared on NFL Live, NFL Primetime, SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown. In addition to his broadcasting career, Dilfer is head coach for the top high school quarterback camp Elite 11, whose alumni include Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford and Jameis Winston.
Handpicked by Hardy
Finnish filmmaker Anders Engstrom has signed with Verve in a competitive situation. His two decades of respected Nordic television work caught the attention of Tom Hardy, who personally chose him to helm several episodes of his upcoming period miniseries Taboo, produced by Hardy’s shingle Hardy, Son & Baker and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions for BBC and FX. Engstrom’s other recent credits include the Swedish dramas Thicker Than Water and award-winning Jordskott. He also enjoyed big-screen success with 2011’s The Kiss of Evil, his contribution to Finland’s hit crime franchise about private detective Jussi Vares. Engstrom continues to be repped in Europe by United Agents.
Does she have a Blue Steele?
YouTube beauty vlogger Amanda Steele has signed with WME and IMG Models. The 16-year-old’s MakeupbyMandy24 channel has 2.8 million subscribers and more than 197 million views. Both sister agencies will work with Steele on opportunities in fashion, film, television, digital and endorsements, which already include serving as this spring’s face for Manchester-based etailer boohoo.com and a collaboration with sunglasses company Quay Australia that sold out in under a week. Steele continues to be managed by Lisa Filipelli at Big Frame, which was acquired in 2014 by AwesomenessTV. Steele recently starred opposite Michelle Trachtenberg in the webseries Guidance, which AwesomenessTV produced as key content partner for Verizon’s mobile video service Go90. The high school drama was the platform’s most successful show launch to date, with its first episode amassing 1.2 million views.
She’s their lobster
English actress Jessica Barden has signed with ICM Partners. Barden recently appeared in the Cannes jury prize-winning The Lobster opposite Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in the memorable role of “Nosebleed Woman." Barden also played Carey Mulligan’s loyal confidant in last year's Far From the Madding Crowd, and her other film credits include Lullaby (in which THR critic Sheri Linden called her terminal patient character’s “vulnerability fully felt”), Hanna and Tamara Drewe. Barden will make her U.S. television debut this year in season three of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, where she’ll play Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Grey (Reeve Carney). The actress previously did an obligatory stint on the world’s longest-running soap, Coronation Street, and more recently appeared in the BBC miniseries The Outcast. On stage, Barden was an original castmember in the critically acclaimed Mark Rylance-starring play Jerusalem, which premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2009.
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