Rep Sheet Roundup: Gina Rodriguez Signs with 42West; Her TV Mom Joins Her at APA
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].
New reps for Jane the Virgin duo
Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez is now with 42West for publicity, while her co-star Andrea Navedo, who plays her mom Xiomara, has joined her at APA. Navedo’s breakthrough role on the beloved CW series has earned her this year’s Imagen Award for best supporting actress as well as HOLA’s Elizabeth Pena Breakthrough Artist Award. She previously recurred as a detective for three seasons of Law & Order and appeared in half of How to Make It in America’s series run on HBO. Her film credits include Remember Me, Once Upon a Time in Queens and the Fast and Furious parody Superfast! (as the Michelle Rodriguez analogue). Navedo continues to be represented by LEG Management and Morris Yorn.
Another new APA client
Fairuza Balk also has signed with APA. Now recurring on Showtime’s Ray Donovan as a prostitute whose young daughter befriends Jon Voight’s character, she’s best known for her role in The Craft as well as for American History X, The Waterboy, Almost Famous and The Island of Dr. Moreau. As a child, the California native studied at the Royal Academy of Ballet in the U.K. and made her feature debut at age 11 as Dorothy in Disney’s Return to Oz, winning the role over 1,200 hopefuls. Her other credits include Valmont and Gas, Food Lodging, for which she won best actress at the Independent Spirit Awards in 1993. Balk continues to be represented by Michael McConnell at Artists International Management.
ICM finds Fortune
Comedian Fortune Feimster has moved from Gersh to ICM Partners. She got her big break as a writer on Chelsea Lately’s staff and soon became a regular on the show’s roundtables. Now recurring on The Mindy Project on Hulu, Feimster partnered with Tina Fey to star in a semi-autobiographical ABC pilot, Family Fortune, this season. Last year she was spotlighted in an episode of Comedy Central’s stand-up showcase The Half Hour, and her other television appearances include Mulaney, Glee, 2 Broke Girls, Workaholics, Drunk History, @midnight and Last Comic Standing.
ICM also has signed photographer and director David LaChapelle. Previously with CAA, he has shot music videos for Britney Spears, Elton John, Blink-182 and Jennifer Lopez. His 2004 short Krumped won awards at Aspen Shortfest and Sundance and served as the basis for his feature-length documentary Rize a year later. LaChapelle was discovered at age 17 by Andy Warhol, and his celebrity portrait subjects include Rihanna, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Michael Jackson and Muhammad Ali. Since 2006 he has focused on the fine arts, but his ICM signing signals a readiness to return to the Hollywood scene.
Two talented YouTube creators sign with big agencies
Actress, filmmaker and fashion designer Anna Akana has signed with UTA. Her short films and vlogs have brought more than 1.3 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, but she works in traditional media as well, appearing on MTV’s Awkward, ABC Family’s The Fosters and Comedy Central’s Broken People. She also was seen on the big screen this year in Ant-Man and the indie Hello, My Name Is Doris, which starred Sally Field and won the Audience Award at SXSW. Akana lives in Los Angeles, where she performs on the stand-up and improv circuits. She also founded the clothing line Ghost & Stars. Akana continues to be represented by Coronel Group and Jackoway Tyerman.
Composer, video producer and creative director John Boswell, known as melodysheep on YouTube, has signed with WME. The Washington State-based artist’s innovative work includes the Symphony of Science series, which remixes scientific lectures into catchy electronica and has been viewed more than 110 million times on YouTube and been shown in schools around the world. He was tapped by PBS to give its legendary figures the same treatment, which led to the PBS Icons Remixed series (more than 10 million views) and a best viral mashup Webby for “Garden of Your Mind,” featuring Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He also has received a Cannes Young Lion nomination for remixing General Mills’ classic “Magically Delicious” Lucky Charms ads. His other commissions include Disney Junior’s “DJ Melodies” (brokered by comedy writer-producers Evan and Shea Mirzai, who first discovered him) as well as a 35th anniversary tribute for the Planetary Society. melodysheep continues to be represented by SMGSB.
New life for veteran actor
Cynthia Stevenson has signed with Abrams. She was most recently a regular on the TBS sitcom Your Family or Mine, and also has guest-starred on ABC’s Scandal, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and DirecTV’s Kingdom in recent years. Her other series regular credits include ABC’s Men in Trees, Showtime’s Dead Like Me and the NBC comedy Hope & Gloria, in which she played one of the title characters. Her feature credits include Happiness, The Player, Agent Cody Banks and Tiger Eyes. Stevenson continues to be represented by Kelly Garner at Pop Art Management.
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