Rep Sheet Roundup: Viral Video Star Sophia Grace Signs With Abrams
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They grow up so fast
Viral video star Sophia Grace Brownlee has signed with Abrams Artists Agency. She previously was with UTA. The British personality, now 13, first gained fame in 2011 with her YouTube cover of Nicki Minaj’s "Super Bass," singing along with her younger cousin Rosie. The video, which has generated more than 52 million views, earned the tykes a visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where Brownlee subsequently became a celebrity interviewer and a red- carpet correspondent. She has gone on to record the original songs "Girls Just Gotta Have Fun," "Best Friends" and her latest single, "Girl in the Mirror." She recently signed a record deal with Universal Music and shot the music video for her next single, "Hollywood," which will be released this month.
"With our 360-degree approach through cross-department synergy, we look forward to supporting Sophia Grace as she continues to build her brand and grow as an artist," Abrams founder and CEO Harry Abrams said in a statement. "It is a pleasure to have her join our roster of talented and driven clients."
Sophia Grace’s other activities have included penning The New York Times best-selling children’s book Tea Time With Sophia Grace and Rosie and starring in the straight-to-DVD feature Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure.
"I’m thrilled to join the Abrams family and be part of such a hardworking, dedicated and hands-on agency," she said in a statement. "I’m very excited to see what the future holds."
She continues to be managed by Darrell Thompson.
Here comes "Johnny"
Dancer and actor Colt Prattes has signed with APA. He will step into the shoes made famous by Patrick Swayze in ABC’s upcoming remake of Dirty Dancing. He is previously best known as Pink’s pas de deux partner in her music video "Try," a performance he subsequently reprised with her on tour and at the 2014 Grammys and AMAs. He has appeared on Broadway and in the national tours of West Side Story and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and starred in Rock of Ages in Las Vegas last year. He continues to be managed by Primary Wave.
I’m craving coconut shrimp
Fences’ Mykelti Williamson has signed with Jill Fritzo Public Relations. He reprises his Broadway role as Denzel Washington’s mentally afflicted brother and has earned a SAG nomination alongside the film’s cast. Best known from Forrest Gump, his other credits include Heat, Con Air, Ali and his recent television work includes ABC’s Designated Survivor, WGN’s Underground and FX’s Justified. He’s currently filming John Singleton’s upcoming BET cop drama Rebel.
Jill Fritzo PR also has signed Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, the emotional core of the group, on the hit Netflix series. The young actor, who previously made appearances on The CW’s The 100 and Supernatural, will keep the eerie genre work going as Richie on New Line’s upcoming remake of It.
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