Rep Sheet Roundup: Tony Nominee Cynthia Erivo Signs With UTA
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news.
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UTA has signed The Color Purple star Cynthia Erivo, who has received a Tony nomination for leading actress in a musical for playing Celie. It’s the Broadway debut for the British actress, who originated the role in the revival at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. THR’s David Rooney raved about her performance throughout his review of the show, calling her ”the real deal.” Erivo continues to be repped by Claire Hoath Management in the U.K., Authentic and Peikoff Mahan.
Ollie, Martin and Quentin Love Him … and So Does Oscar
WME has signed Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson. He is one of just three living directors of photography to have won three Oscars in the same category. In addition to statuettes for Oliver Stone’s JFK and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and Hugo, Richardson also has been nominated another six times, from Stone’s Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. He also has received 10 ASC and four BAFTA nominations. Richardson’s latest work is Ben Affleck’s Live by Night, due out in fall 2017.
Finding a New Gear
Innovative has signed actor and comedian Adam Ferrara, who currently co-hosts the American version of Top Gear, which airs on History. He’s perhaps best known for playing Chief “Needles” Nelson on FX’s Rescue Me, and he also played Edie Falco’s cop love interest as a series regular on season six of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Ferrara continues to be repped by Peter Rosegarten of Peter Rosegarten Management and attorney Isaac Dunham of Schreck Rose.
Ironically, “Verve” and “Cheer” Are Similar Terms
Jessica Bendinger, who wrote the classic cheerleading comedy Bring It On, has signed with Verve. She previously was at UTA. Bendinger made her directorial debut with her 2006 gymnastics script Stick It, and she also served as a creative consultant and writer on HBO’s Sex and the City. She was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013, and last fall served as a mentor for the inaugural Writers Lab, a program funded by Meryl Streep to develop female scribes over the age of 40.
An Angel Gets a Manager
Model Taylor Hill, part of Victoria’s Secret’s newest class of Angels, has signed with Lighthouse Management & Media. The Colorado native, who wore Topshop to the Met Gala on May 2, continues to be repped by IMG.
This Hiring Is No Joke
Comedy and speakers agent Jim Oliver has moved from Innovative to Gotham Artists in New York. “We’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jim for many years now and are thrilled to have him join the agency,” said Gotham co-founder Alec Melman of Oliver, who also previously worked at WME. “His knowledge and expertise of the industry will enhance our footprint into other larger-scale markets.”
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