Rep Sheet Roundup: WME Signs Comedian Iliza Shlesinger

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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 rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Funny lady

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger has signed with WME for film and TV. She previously was with APA. The Last Comic Standing winner hosted Freeform’s first late-night talk show, Truth & Iliza, this summer, and her scripted webseries Forever 31 is streaming on ABC Digital and Hulu. She has been featured in three Netflix comedy specials, most recently in last fall’s Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills. She’ll release her first book, Girl Logic, on Nov. 7. Shlesinger continues to be represented by Avalon Management and Bloom Hergott.

Making their mark

Imprint PR has signed:

·      McKenna Grace, who starred as Chris Evans’ genius niece in Gifted and portrays a young Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. She’ll also be in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, among other projects. Grace continues to be represented by Paradigm and Management 360.

·      Skai Jackson, who currently stars in Disney Channel’s Bunk’d. She continues to be represented by Paradigm and Marilyn Zitner Management.

·      Francia Raisa, who will play an outspoken conservative freshman in Freeform’s Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish. She’s repped by Abrams and Brian Teefey at LH7 Management.

Rough and tumble

World Rugby has signed with IMG to manage its global licensing and merchandising rights through the next two Rugby World Cups, which will be held in 2019 and 2023. The long-term strategic partnership also includes the Women’s Rugby World Cup, World Rugby U20 Championship and the World Rugby brand.

“The global licensing program plays an important role in fan engagement, enabling fans of all ages to connect to World Rugby through our major properties,” World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said in a statement. “With Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan rapidly approaching, we are delighted to be partnering with IMG to deliver an exciting and attractive range of products for fans of all ages, from official apparel and merchandise to electronic games.”

IMG team members in London, Paris and Tokyo will work together on the league’s account.

“We are pleased to take part in the amazing story that is the growth of this tournament and the sport of rugby in general,” IMG licensing division president Bruno Maglione said in a statement. “Audiences across more and more countries are taking note of rugby’s constant action, athleticism and competitiveness, and the Rugby World Cup is the sport’s pinnacle global tournament. Our licensing program will be anchored in both Europe and Japan and feature a great range of products for spectators and fans of all ages.”

Get in the ring

Archer’s Amber Nash has signed with manager Jennifer DaRe at ATN Entertainment. She voices Pam on the animated spy comedy, which FX has renewed through season 10. Nash continues to be represented by Headline Talent and Katz PR.

16:00

Fifteen Minutes Public Relations managing partner Ryan Croy has launched PR and digital marketing agency PublicHaus, partnering with digital strategist Natacha Gaymer-Jones, formerly vp and Los Angeles director for BrightHaus Digital.

“The last thing the world needs is another public relations agency claiming to be the most strategic, creative and connected,” Croy, who will serve as PublicHaus CEO, said in a statement. “PublicHaus is more than an agency; we’re a platform delivering clients the highest level of specialized service through our network of the nation’s top independent PR and marketing experts. By understanding client goals and budgets, we can deploy both talent and strategy in a way that most traditional PR and marketing agencies can’t. It’s true we can’t be all things to everyone, but we’re looking to get pretty damn close.”

PublicHaus is launching with a network of nearly 75 marketers and will be headquartered in L.A., with associates in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego, London and Canada, among other areas. Croy will continue to consult for Fifteen Minutes and work closely with Fifteen Minutes chair Howard Bragman, who will serve as crisis communications counsel for the Publichus network.

Croy joined Fifteen Minutes in 2005 and ran the company’s brands division before being appointed managing partner in 2014. He began his career at Rubenstein PR and later became vp of PR firm The Rosen Group. Gaymer-Jones has led digital campaigns for major consumer brands, entertainment properties, tech startups, media conglomerates, Fortune 500 executives and film and television personalities for more than a decade. Her previous work experience includes serving as senior technical project manager for Fox Networks Group and director of digital productions for digital agency HYFN.

More than queens

Veteran commercial producer Micki Poklar has launched Empress Studios, a production company that exclusively represents female directors. The Los Angeles-based company’s roster includes Alissa Torvinen, Charlotte Rabate, Montana Mann and Tabitha Denholm, who have worked with clients including Audi, Johnson & Johnson, HP, AT&T and Calvin Klein and artists including Jennifer Hudson, Black Eyed Peas and Florence and the Machine.

“I feel passionately about being able to champion female directors, to get them more opportunities and the recognition that they are just as talented and capable as their male counterparts,” Poklar said in a statement. “When I’ve talked to people at agencies, it’s not that they don’t want to hire female directors; they just seem unclear about where to find them. I decided to create Empress to address this issue and to empower female directors as they helm a wide range of projects within the industry.”

Empress is represented by Devine Reps’ Sara Barnthouse and Steven Cook on the West Coast.

Dispatch from down under

KDM Management has signed:

·      Dalip Sondhi, a series regular on the new Australian medical drama Pulse

·      Neighbours alum Chelsea Jones

·      Liam Graham, whose upcoming Australian films include OtherLife and The Burning Kiss

Elsewhere in Rep World:

CAA Signs Filmmaker Lauren Miller Rogen

Keshet Exec Rob Lee Joins UTA

UTA Signs CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton

LGBT Talent Agencies Merge to Create Drag-Queen Super Firm

CAA Sets Leadership Summit for Diverse Future Leaders

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