Rep Sheet Roundup: Kristin Chenoweth Changes Managers
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation.
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].
Under new management
Kristin Chenoweth has left Untitled and is now solely managed by Micone Entertainment Group’s Ed Micone, a live-entertainment veteran who was a former executive at Radio City Entertainment and also worked at Paradigm and ICM. Chenoweth, whose recent activities include serving as co-host of the 2015 Tony Awards (where she also was a leading actress nominee) and voicing Snoopy’s love interest in The Peanuts Movie, continues to be represented by ICM Partners.
Now cast this guy in everything!
Being Human alum Sam Witwer has signed with UTA. The genre favorite starred as vampire Aiden on all four seasons of Syfy’s supernatural drama, and he’s also known for major arcs on Smallville, Dexter and Battlestar Galactica. Witwer also is a prolific voiceover artist, most notably for the Star Wars franchise — he starred as protagonist Starkiller in The Force Unleashed video game and has voiced roles for the animated Clone Wars series and in The Force Awakens on the big screen. He continues to be represented by Gilbertson Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Let’s get real
APA has promoted agent John Seitzer to vice president in its Alternative and Factual Programming department. The University of Missouri-Columbia alumnus has spent his entire career at APA, and since his 2010 promotion to agent he has closed hosting deals for Dominic Monaghan (Travel Channel’s Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan), Donald Faison (GSN’s upcoming Winsanity), Brooke Burns (GSN’s The Chase), Grady Powell (Discovery’s Dual Survival), Matt Rogers (Discovery’s The Dirt), Iliza Shlesinger and Adam Ray (TBS’ Separation Anxiety) and Mark Steines (Hallmark’s Home & Family). “John truly is an exemplary agent, with a gift for navigating the challenges unique to on-camera client representation,” department head Hayden K. Meyer said in a statement. “This promotion reflects John’s growth over the last few years, and we are extremely proud of him.”
Another alternative agency promotion
Abrams has promoted Miles Lozano to agent in its alternative programming and digital department. Before joining the agency two years ago, he worked at Amy Levy Public Relations Agency and also in marketing at Santa Monica’s Shangri-La and AEG Live. “Rooted in the digital age, Miles is fluent in the language of new media,” Abrams chairman and CEO Harry Abrams said in a statement. “Using his passion for innovative media solutions, I am eager to watch him grow within the agency.”
Viva la diversidad
Entertainment marketing and publicity firm MPRM has launched ¡HOLA! MPRM and hired industry veteran Inma Carbajal-Fogel to lead the new Hispanic-focused practice. “Inma’s broad range of experience means that ¡HOLA! MPRM will be available across all of our practice offerings from film, television and home entertainment to digital media, performing arts and consumer products,” said MPRM president Mark Pogachefsky of Carbajal-Fogel, who has worked on campaigns for Ted, Bridesmaids, Despicable Me, Disney Consumer Products, Endemol Shine Latino, American Idol, Hallmark Movie Channel, Verizon, TJ Maxx and Payless.
Yes, she can
Those Who Can’t star Maria Thayer has signed with publicity firm PMK*BNC. The comedian is the lone female regular on the TruTV comedy, the network’s first full-length scripted series, which premieres on Thursday and already has been renewed for a second season. Thayer’s memorable appearances include three seasons on Adult Swim’s Eagleheart and playing Jack McBrayer’s love interest twice, on 30 Rock and in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The redhead made her television debut as Jerri Blank’s best friend Tammi Littlenut in Amy Sedaris’ Comedy Central series Strangers With Candy, and she reprised the role for the 2005 movie.
A Power Lawyer’s power move
Gary Stiffelman, a member of THR’s 2014 Power Lawyers class, has moved from Ziffren Brittenham to Greenberg Traurig, where he will be a shareholder. During his 34 years at Ziffren, Stiffelman cultivated a specialty in music and digital dealmaking, and sometimes both — for example, helping Trent Reznor launch Beats Music.
New York-based entertainment advertising and marketing agency Sawyer Studios has expanded to the West Coast, hiring Kailey Peterson from Alchemy to serve as strategic account director in Los Angeles. It’s one of the first major moves by newly promoted president and partner Zachary Soreff, and one that will allow Sawyer to better serve its clients, which include Fox Searchlight, Participant Media, Focus Features, Cinedigm and Magnolia Pictures. Back east, Sawyer also has added Courtney Jones and Michael Ben Lawson as account directors as well as Joseph Dilorio as senior ad operations manager.
Moving up the depth chart
Sports and entertainment digital services firm Omnigon has promoted five employees to executive positions. They are:
· Becki Wronko Civello to vp client services
· Manish Dayal to vp client engagement and managing director of the Los Angeles office
· Joanna Solowey to vp marketing
· Jake Stone to director of North American sales
· Adrian Benjamin to client manager and sales lead for the BracketPro software platform
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