ICM Partners has promoted three coordinators to agent in the concerts department:
– Danielle Beckford, who joined ICM as an intern while working on her master’s degree in entertainment industry management at Carnegie Mellon and after graduating became assistant to concerts head Mark Siegel, an agency partner. She has a bachelor of science degree in business management from Penn State and began her career at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Beckford, who is heavily involved with the New York archdiocese’s Office of Black Ministry, specifically working with its Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund, is based in ICM’s New York office.
– Kyle Kernohan, who joined ICM as an intern in 2012. He then became an assistant in the comedy touring department before switching to urban music in April 2013, and then in February 2016 getting promoted to coordinator, where he is part of the festival booking team. The UC Irvine alumnus, who will participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ workplace mentorship program this year, will be based in ICM’s Los Angeles office.
– Liz Pantone, who joined ICM as an assistant to Siegel in 2013, began her career at The Agency Group. The Skidmore College alumna, who graduated cum laude, will be based in the New York office.
“Danielle, Kyle and Liz have each proven to be great assets to the department, and we look forward to the strong careers they each have ahead of them,” said partners and department heads Siegel, Steve Levine and Rob Prinz in a joint statement.
Summer’s not over yet
CAA has signed digital influencer Summer Mckeen. Her beauty, fashion and lifestyle content has amassed more than 2.5 million fans across social media, and Bunim Murray recently wrapped production on Endless Summer, a docuseries that follows her life in Laguna Beach. The show is part of Snapchat’s first slate of original programming and is set to premiere in October. Mckeen also has struck partnerships with Sephora, Clean & Clear, Marc Jacobs, Smashbox, Glossier, Men’s Wearhouse and Coca-Cola, and is working on developing her own product line. She continues to be represented by Kyle Santillo at Scale Management and Ashley Silver at Bloom Hergott.
Speaking of CAA, the agency’s co-head of social impact Judee Ann Williams has joined the Save the Children board of trustees. In addition to her extensive work at CAA helping companies develop, implement and market their CSR initiatives, Williams also sits on the boards or advisory councils of groups including Carrie Underwood’s C.A.T.S. Foundation, Katy Perry’s Fireworks Foundation, First Book and the USO Entertainment Council. She also works closely with Save the Children ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo, a CAA client.
“Save the Children has found an incredible new partner in Judee Ann Williams,” Save the Children president and CEO Carolyn Miles said in a statement. “She has extensive experience working with some of the country’s top brands and aligning them to charitable causes. We believe her commitment to social responsibility and her strategic insights will add great value to our board of trustees.”
Revving up the career
YouTube star Gavin Free, best known for being one of The Slow Mo Guys, has signed with management company Ziggurat XYZ. The Northampton, U.K.-based firm founded by Charles Haynes will represent him worldwide.
The Slow Mo Guys, comprising duo Gav and Dan, has more than 1.5 billion views and 13.5 million followers and is currently in production on season two for YouTube Originals’ second-year slate. The Austin, Texas-based Free, 30, also works at Rooster Teeth and appeared last year in its Lazer Team 2.
“The first eight years of The Slow Mo Guys were class,” Free said in a statement. “Charles is going to help make sure the next eight are even more ridiculous.”
Ziggurat, which was founded in August 2016, specializes in managing YouTube creators of “factual entertainment,” such as chefs, adventurers, carpenters, blacksmiths, gardeners, seamstresses, roboticists and now high-speed photographers like Free. “It’s not just an honor but a genuine pleasure to work with Gavin,” Haynes said in a statement. “He is a certifiable genius. Gavin signing with Ziggurat is a testament to the approach, attitude and ethos we take in entering this turbulent and challenging industry. Simply, we treat clients like family.”
Others on the dotted line
Publicity firm ZTPR has signed Michael Masini, who has been seen on Blue Bloods, NCIS and Modern Family and next will recur on Dynasty and appear in TriStar’s Mister Rogers biopic You Are My Friend, starring Tom Hanks.
APA has signed cinematographer Bill Nielsen Jr., who served as DP for Denis Leary’s Sirens and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, as well as two episodes of Chicago Fire and Mark Schimmel’s recent short film Kill the Light, which won an award of excellence at L.A.’s Global Shorts festival in March. The veteran began his career on assistant camera for such film classics as The Shawshank Redemption, China Moon, Rocky 5, Rudy, Prelude to a Kiss and Hoffa, then became Steadicam operator for projects including High Fidelity, The O.C., Prison Break, The Beast and Masters of Sex.
Bicoastal production studio Humble has signed director Raymond Bark, who most recently partnered with The Martin Agency and Timberland for the outdoor brand’s five-spot “Always Do, Never Done” campaign.
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