Rep Sheet Roundup: Ken Jeong Signs With 42West
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].
The PR prescription
Ken Jeong has signed with publicity firm 42West. This fall he will return to his roots in headlining the new ABC comedy Dr. Ken, in which the former real-life doctor plays a doctor and hapless family man. The lifelong stand-up comedy enthusiast made his big-screen debut playing Katherine Heigl’s surly OB/GYN in Knocked Up before landing his scene-stealing breakout role as Mr. Chow in The Hangover trilogy. Among his many film and television credits is his series regular status as disgraced Spanish teacher-turned-student Chang in Community.
Jake Lacy also has signed with 42West. The affable actor was most recently seen as Lena Dunham’s current squeeze on HBO’s Girls, while last year he squired Jenny Slate in the beloved indie Obvious Child. He recently played Rooney Mara’s (cuckolded) boyfriend in Todd Haynes’ Cannes drama Carol. Lacy put his likability to use as the “new Jim” on The Office’s final season and before that was a series regular on the short-lived ABC comedy Better With You.
Real good news
UnReal co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro has signed with UTA. The Lifetime satirical drama is an expansion of the writer-director’s 2013 SXSW short Sequin Raze, which itself was based on Shapiro’s experiences as a segment producer on The Bachelor.
The commissioner’s next play
MLB commissioner emeritus Bud Selig has signed with IMG. The agency will represent all of Selig’s literary and speaking engagements, while he continues advising current commissioner Rob Manfred in his current capacity. “I am delighted to be working with [agent] Sandy Montag and IMG as I begin the next phase of my career,” said Selig, who retired in January. “They will be a great help to me as I begin writing my memoirs and explore new and exciting opportunities both inside and outside the world of sports.”
Reanimated by ICM
Maggie writer and executive producer John Scott 3 has signed with ICM Partners. He was previously at CAA. The zombie thriller was in the Top 10 of the 2011 Black List and was made into a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin that sold to Lionsgate last August and premiered at Tribeca in April. It was released theatrically on May 8 and will be available on VOD this summer, while Scott begins casting on his directorial debut Parable X, based on his own time-travel screenplay.
Public relations firm O&M Co. has promoted Molly Barnett to the specially-created position of vice president of the theater division, where she oversaw the successful campaign for Tony-winning best musical Fun Home as well as current productions The Visit, Hand to God, It Shoulda Been You, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Kinky Boots and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Since joining the New York-based company in 2006, her clients have included the 2009 revival of Hair; The Normal Heart; Peter and the Starcatcher; Driving Miss Daisy; Tribes; Love, Loss and What I Wore and The Lion. Barnett joins O&M Co.’s senior leadership team alongside creative director Andy Snyder, another recent elevation.
Blend-ing into the Room
Young actor Braxton Beckham has signed with management company The Green Room. He played one of Drew Barrymore’s sons in the Adam Sandler comedy Blended and also has appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!, NCIS and iCarly.
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