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She’s literally in the news
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly has signed with powerhouse publicity firm 42West. At a time of transition for the cable news network, its star anchor’s contract will be up for renewal next year. Meanwhile, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson signed with PMK*BNC earlier this month.
42West also has signed actresses Grace Van Patten (2016 TIFF romance Tramps) and Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Christie also plays Captain Phasma in the new Star Wars episodes and will co-star opposite Elisabeth Moss on the second season of Sundance TV’s Top of the Lake.
She’s an original
The Originals star Phoebe Tonkin has signed with UTA. The actress plays werewolf-turned-hybrid Hayley Marshall on the CW supernatural drama, which returns for its fourth season next year. Tonkin’s relationship with the network began as a series regular on The Secret Circle.
Her film credits include Tomorrow, When the War Began and The Ever After. Tonkin continues to be represented by David Sheridan of Australia’s Marquee Management and attorney Rick Genow of Stone Genow.
Industry Entertainment has signed two filmmakers:
Meera Menon, who directed the female-centric Wall Street thriller Equity, which stars Anna Gunn and premiered at Sundance in January. Sony Pictures Classics released the film this summer.
Daniel Ragussis, who wrote, produced and directed Imperium, the recent drama released by Lionsgate starring Daniel Radcliffe as an FBI agent who goes undercover in a white supremacist group.
Release the Krakower
Licensing executive Gary Krakower has left CAA to become a vice president at IMG. He will be based out of Los Angeles and report to IMG president of licensing Bruno Maglione. At CAA, Krakower worked on deals for clients including Tim McGraw, Gordon Ramsay, Shaun White and Steven Tyler. Krakower began his career in advertising before moving to licensing, where he also worked at 20th Century Fox and HIT Entertainment.
They’re on the Vanguard
Vanguard Management Group has signed two actors, who both continue to be repped by APA:
Matthew Settle, who played rocker dad Rufus Humphrey on The CW’s Gossip Girl and most recently starred in indie horror movie The Offering, also titled The Faith of Anna Waters.
William Forsythe, who’s known for playing intimidating bad guys in films from Raising Arizona to The Rock. His recent credits include Netflix’s Daredevil and CBS’ Hawaii Five-0.
Public service announcement
Abrams Artists Agency has partnered with the American Red Cross to promote September’s National Preparedness Month. Thirty digital influencers, including Brodie Smith, Teni Panosian, Chantel Jeffries, Dylan Dauzat, The GlamTwinz and Shanna Malcolm, are promoting the hashtag #LovedOnesSafe to their collective social media following of nearly 50 million people.
A legal Cartel
The Cartel has hired manager/producer Corey Trent Ackerman, who brings his FreshMaker Media roster of literary clients, including Steve Armour (Sony Affirm’s upcoming Fields of Faith), Amy Johnson and Kelly Wiles (FX’s Tyrant), Mark Landry (Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie) and filmmaker and special effects artist Justin Dix (Syfy’s Hunters). “Corey brings not only a great list of clients with him to the Cartel, but also tremendous experience and relationships, especially in the feature film world,” co-CEO Jeff Holland said in a statement. “Given Corey’s exceptional track record in the representation business and his outstanding taste in material, he was an obvious choice to join the Cartel and help us expand our business.”
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