Rep Sheet Roundup: Young ‘Jane the Virgin’ Star Signs With CAA
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 [email protected].
CAA has signed Jenna Ortega, who plays the younger version of Gina Rodriguez’s title character on The CW’s Jane the Virgin. The young actress, who was one of the youngest attendees at the agency’s Amplify multicultural leadership summit last week, simultaneously stars on the Disney Channel’s live-action family comedy Stuck in the Middle and voices Princess Isabel on the cabler’s animated series Elena of Avalor. She also served as one of the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards’ five hosts.
TILS (Talent I’d Like to Sign)
Actress Frankie Shaw has signed with publicity firm 42West. The Mr. Robot alum is working as star, director, writer and executive producer on her upcoming Showtime comedy SMILF, based on her 2015 short of the same name.
I can only imagine the weird ads
John Waters has signed with Venice-based production company Saville Productions for commercials and branded entertainment. “I love the idea of directing commercials because it is the opposite of ‘auteur’ work,” said the Indie Spirit-winning filmmaker of Hairspray, Pecker and more. “My name’s not even on the finished product, but if I do a good job, the viewer will still suspect I had something to do with it.”
Saville’s roster also includes Martin Campbell and Paul Haggis. Said executive producer Rupert Maconick in a statement, “John Waters is a unique filmmaker and would be a great partner for brands who want a campaign that truly stands out.”
Marketing agency E2W Collective is adding a luxury division via the acquisition of boutique 360bespoke. In addition to being able to service upscale hospitality, travel, style, beauty, fashion and dining brands, E2W now also will represent classical musicians Charlie Siem, Iestyn Davies and George V. Paris, among many other clients.
“Joining the E2W Collective gives us a broader reach and scale, and more resources to help our clients grow their brands across the globe,” said 360bespoke president and founder Jeremy Murphy, who will serve as the new luxury division’s president with Steven Holt as chief client officer and Kim Myers Robertson as consulting creative director. “We have spent the last year establishing a profile in the luxury category, and building a collection of clients that represent the very best. And by joining E2W, we are aligning with the best. This is one of the most creative and hardest working teams of executives working today, and their growing roster of clients has made them a force to be reckoned with. We could not be happier to join this incredible company.”
E2W and 360bespoke will have offices in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. “E2W Collective has 20 years of experience offering media services to a wide portfolio of clients, and now through 360bespoke we are able to expand our capabilities to the growing luxury sector,” E2W CEO Elizabeth Much said in a statement. “In just a year this firm has built a reputable brand with marketers around the world. In addition, they share our values and culture, as well as our commitment to providing the most effective, creative and thoughtful media campaigns to clients. We are very pleased to welcome the 360bespoke team into the E2W family.”
From down under
Verve and Brillstein have signed director Victoria Cocks. The Australian native currently is in pre-production on her feature debut, In the Blood, for Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation, with filming set to begin later this year. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in screen production at Flinders University in 2010, her directorial debut, the series Wastelander Panda, won the Australia Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in an Original Online Project. She also has directed cut scenes for the video game Wasteland 2.
The Dowd abides?
Producer Jeff Dowd, the inspiration for The Big Lebowski’s The Dude, has teamed with fellow film industry vet Alex Nohe to launch Blood Sweat Honey, a consulting agency for indie filmmakers. The company’s services include producer representation, film festival strategy, script and post-production creative consulting, theatrical release, hybrid distribution and marketing.
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