AGENCY SIGNINGS ROUND-UP: Michael Nyqvist to WME, 'The Governator' Writer Steven Banks to CAA, More
-- Michael Nyqvist, who co-starred in the three Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films and will appear in Abduction and Mission: Impossible 4, has signed with WME. Nyqvist won the best male actor award at the Guldbagge, Sweden's equivalent of the Oscars, in 2002 for his performance in The Guy in the Grave Next Door. He also starred in As It Is in Heaven, which was nominated for best foreign film at the Academy Awards in 2004. He is managed by Shelley Browning and Alissa Feldman at Magnolia Entertainment.
-- Steven Banks, head writer for Arnold Schwarzenegger's upcoming animated series The Governator, has signed with CAA. Previously, Banks was head writer for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and has also written for the network's The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and CatDog. His attorney is Susan Grode of Katten Muchin and Rosenman LLP.
-- Writer-director Beth Schacter, who is working on her indie comedy A Virgin Mary, has signed with UTA. She previously wrote and directed Normal Adolescent Behavior, an indie that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007 and was released by New Line Cinema. She is managed by Rosalie Swedlin at Anonymous Content.
-- Tapout Films, the UFC-affiliated prodution company, has signed with ICM to pursue film, television, IP and branding opportunities.