Rep Sheet Roundup: Harry Connick Jr., 'Jay Leno's Garage' Producer and 'Funny or Die' Writer
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Harry Goes Commercial
Harry Connick Jr. has signed with agency and management company Octagon for endorsements and sponsorships. The actor and musician, who continues to be repped by CAA in all other areas, will return as a judge for season 14 of Fox’s American Idol.
ICM Expands Brands
On the heels of its successful “British Villains” campaign for client Jaguar Land Rover, ICM Partners has added three more companies to its Global Branded Entertainment roster. The agency will help develop entertainment marketing tie-ins for KIND Healthy Snacks as well as department stores Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, sister retailers to ICM client Saks Fifth Avenue.
Funny or Die Writer Joins ICM
ICM also has signed Funny or Die staff writer Eliza Skinner, whose written and produced sketches include the Kristen Bell-starring minimum-wage parody “Mary Poppins Quits.” Skinner writes for E!’s Fashion Police too. Skinner also is repped by Levity and attorney Lev Ginsburg of Ginsburg Daniels.
Jay Leno's Garage Guy Signs With Gersh
Gersh has signed Jay Leno’s Garage supervising producer Kico Velarde, who won an Emmy for the webseries in 2011 and was nominated again the following year. The Los Angeles native has edited projects for NBCUniversal, Technicolor, HGTV and IFC. He directed the short film The Shooting Star Salesman. Velarde is managed by BRGN.
Happy Tune for New First Artists Partner
First Artists Management has promoted agent Rich Jacobellis to partner. The agency is a leader in representing film and TV music composers, and Jacobellis’ own roster includes Emmy winners Bear McCreary (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (Nurse Jackie) as well as music supervisors Alexandra Patsavas (The Twilight Saga), Liza Richardson (About a Boy) and Kevin Edelman (Homeland).
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