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Silver Lining Entertainment is celebrating its one-year anniversary by expanding its ranks. The management and production company has added Paradigm motion picture agent Jack Kingsrud as its eighth manager, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He joins fellow former Paradigm agent Jim Hess, who was hired at the beginning of 2014 after four years as a solo manager.
At Paradigm Kingsrud, a member of THR’s Next Gen Class of 2009, worked with clients including Laurence Fishburne, Chris Cooper, Andy Garcia and Katherine Heigl. He also helped broker the agency’s 2004 acquisition of Monterey Peninsula Artists, which boosted Paradigm’s music business with the incorporation of artists including Aerosmith, Black Eyed Peas and Dave Matthews Band. The USC grad joined Paradigm in 2002 and repped talent and literary clients including Joey Lauren Adams, Mom’s Sadie Calvano, Rachel Leigh Cook, Justified Emmy winner Jeremy Davies, Yo Gabba Gabba! creator Christian Jacobs, Eva Amurri Martino, Neal McDonough, Ezra Miller, Instant Mom’s Sydney Park and Leigh Whannell.
Kingsrud continues to represent talent and literary clients at Silver Lining, with Adams, Calvano, Davies, Jacobs and Park already having moved with him.
“Jack has an incredible eye for developing multi-faceted talent and has an excellent reputation among top executives and producers in both film and television,” Silver Lining partners Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew said in a statement. “He brings with him not only high-level relationships but an exceptional ability to break talent coupled with experience in working with top actors, writers and creators in the business.”
Golenberg and Maydew established Silver Lining last May with Matt Goldman, Christina Gualazzi, Tarik Kanafani and Jason Shapiro of management/production company The Collective, which the duo co-founded in 2005. “It was an amicable and strategic departure,” Golenberg tells THR, explaining that Silver Lining has retained the original company’s entire film and TV business while the new Collective focuses on digital efforts.
Silver Lining’s roster includes Jai Courtney, Emile Hirsch, Jason Isaacs, Martin Lawrence, John Leguizamo, Evangeline Lilly, Ashley Madekwe, David Morrissey, June Diane Raphael, Barry Sloane and Michael Kenneth Williams.
As a production company, Silver Lining was behind Leguizamo’s recent HBO special Ghetto Klown and is developing an AMC comedy with the actor. It also continues to work on projects that originated before the spinoff from The Collective, including Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer’s 10/90 FX comedy (now called Partnership) and an adaptation of the novel The Hitman Diaries with Gale Anne Hurd. In film, Silver Lining has indie feature Mall starring client Vincent D’Onofrio; the documentary Be Here Now, about late client Andy Whitfield’s battle with cancer; and the biopic Mapplethorpe about the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, which is being produced by client Eliza Dushku; among other projects.
“I’ve known Jeff and Sam over the years, and in looking at the overall landscape of the representation business what they have and are building is something really special and unique — a company with an incredibly collaborative culture that truly has an ‘artist first’ agenda,” Kingsrud said in a statement. “They share a real passion for the artists they work with and value their clients’ needs and goals above all else.”