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Into the wild
CAA has signed wildlife expert Coyote Peterson, whose Brave Wilderness is YouTube’s top-rated wildlife channel, with more than 750 million views and 5.5 million subscribers. Through the Brave Wilderness brand, Peterson and business partner Mark Laivins produce several shows, including Beyond the Tide, Dragon Tails, Coyote’s Backyard, On Location and Breaking Trail, which won an Emmy for youth/teen program in 2015. Two videos featuring Peterson personally experiencing the insect sting pain index have gone viral: No. 4 “Cow Killer” (the nickname for the wingless wasp known as the velvet ant) has amassed 27.5 million views, and No. 1 “Bullet Ant” has more than 19 million so far. Coyote Peterson’s Brave Adventures, a collection of his craziest experiences, will be published in August by Mango Media. Peterson continues to be represented by Darren M. Richard of DMR Legal Counsel.
UTA has hired three music agents:
· Mike “Mike G” Guirguis, who founded NiteVision Management, through which he represented Chris Brown, Akon, Teyana Taylor, DJ Sourmilk and Dave Aude. Guirguis started his career as an executive at iHeartRadio KOST 103.5 FM, and he later became a senior radio executive at Emmis Communications.
· Joining Guirguis in UTA’s Beverly Hills headquarters is Bex Majors, who has relocated from the U.K. She will book international shows for artists including Amanda Palmer, PVRIS, Neck Deep, Halestorm, Highly Suspect, Creeper, Starset, Attila, The King Blues, K.Flay and Manchester Orchestra. Majors started her career as a promoter in Wales, then worked in-house at Cardiff Barfly and as a booking agent at U.K. dance promoter Helter Skelter. In 2006 she joined CAA to help develop its music division.
· Fellow U.K. agent Billy Wood will work in UTA’s London office to book international shows for Christina Milian, Dappy, Diggy Simmons, Figgy, Grim Sickers, Run DMC, Solo 45, Stylo G and Tinchy Stryder. Wood, who was named one of Music Week’s 30 Under 30 last year, started his agent career in 2007 at Create Music, then moved to Mission Control Artist Agency in 2009 and WME a year later.
IMG has hired Laura Andrews as vp scripted programming. Andrews, who will work out of the agency’s London office and report to head of entertainment sales and partnerships Gary Marenzi and WME-IMG partner Chris Rice, comes from BBC Worldwide in New York, where she was senior manager of scripted sales and co-productions. At IMG, Andrews will help sell scripted programming, identify acquisition and investment opportunities for the agency’s entertainment sales division and expand its relationships with European producers.
IMG also has launched esports platform Boomeo, which will provide premium gaming content as well as exclusive tutorials from elite experts. Five professional esports organizations — Cloud9, compLexity, Counter Logic Gaming, G2 Esports and SK Gaming — and top players including Spencer “Hiko” Martin, Eric “Adren” Hoag and Duncan “Thorin” Shields have come on board as Boomeo partners to teach Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. “The launch of Boomeo speaks to our continued investment in the esports industry and our focus on delivering premium and accessible content to consumers,” IMG’s Karen Brodkin said in a statement. “Boomeo is ahead of the curve with its innovative training functionality, and we are excited to develop the platform as a go-to for serious gamers and those looking for an easy entry point to esports.”
Client of interest
Person of Interest alum Kevin Chapman has signed with Vanguard Management Group. The actor played Fusco on CBS’ critically acclaimed drama, and has most recently been seen on Amazon’s Sneaky Pete. He continues to be represented by TalentWorks.
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