Rep Sheet Roundup: The Smashing Pumpkins Sign With UTA
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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Hanging with the freaks and ghouls
The Smashing Pumpkins, one of the seminal bands of the 1990s alternative rock scene, have signed with UTA in all areas. They were most recently at CAA. UTA will handle the Pumpkins’ touring in North and South America and also represent the business ventures both of the band as well as those of front man Billy Corgan, who holds interests in fine art, literary and theater.
They’re getting a band, too
Ozomatli has signed with ICM Partners. The Los Angeles-based band’s seven studio albums, including Grammy winners Embrace the Chaos (2001) and Street Signs (2004), cover Latin, rock, jazz, fun, hip hop and reggae. Among the many highlights in Ozomatli’s 20-year career are headlining the Hollywood Bowl, serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. State Department and becoming the first band to speak at the TED Conference. The group has composed and scored music for Happy Feet 2, A Better Life and Warner Brothers Interactive’s Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece, as well as contributed music to PBS Kids and EA Games’ The Sims franchise. In 2012 the band released a family-friendly album, Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz. They continue to be represented by managers Jeremy Rosen and Bill Siddons of RoxCore and attorney Lisa Socransky.
Another musical client
CAA has signed singer/songwriter Maren Morris. The Texas native, 25, is a rising star, joining Sony Music Nashville last week as the first new artist under new chairman and CEO Randy Goodman. She released her self-titled debut EP on Aug. 14 on Spotify, where single “My Church” already has been streamed more than a million times. Morris signed a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music in 2013, and her songwriting credits include Tim McGraw’s “Last Turn Home” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Second Wind.” Morris also is represented by Red Light Management.
CAA also has signed leading YouTube parenting network What’s Up Moms, which won a Streamy Award last night in the Kids and Family category. The agency will work with the company, which has more than 670,000 subscribers and more than 15 million monthly views, to expand its business into television, licensing, publishing, personal appearances, and endorsements. WUM already has worked with brands including Disney, Oscar Mayer, Fruit of the Loom, Motts, Tide, Puffs, Glad, Kohler and Resolve. Earlier this month Liane Mullin, who launched and ran PR and marketing agency Full Picture’s digital department for nearly a decade, joined WUM as president and CEO. Mullin also previously worked at CAA and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
50 Cent’s homeboy
Actor Marc John Jefferies has signed with management company The Green Room. The 25-year-old made his debut in the 1995 Paramount drama Losing Isaiah, playing the titular toddler at the center of a custody battle between Halle Berry and Jessica Lange. He later played younger versions of both Taye Diggs (in 2002’s Brown Sugar) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (in 2005’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’). This summer he recurred on Jackson’s Starz drama Power. His many television and film credits also include voicework in Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo as well as a series regular role on the 2003-04 NBC sitcom The Tracy Morgan Show and an eight-episode arc on HBO’s Treme.
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