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They’re ready for their close-ups
Portrait PR has signed the following young actors:
Ashton Sanders, who plays the middle version of the protagonist in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, the critically acclaimed portrait of a young black man in Miami coming to terms with his sexuality.
Shannon Purser, who plays fan-favorite Barb in Netflix’s Stranger Things, and next will be seen in The CW’s Riverdale and Melissa McCarthy’s Life of the Party.
James Paxton, who’s the son of Bill Paxton and one of the titular teenagers at the center of the upcoming USA crime thriller Eyewitness.
WME has signed pop star Anitta, who was heard around the world at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony, in all areas outside her native Brazil. The most popular celebrity from her country on Instagram (15.3 million followers; Gisele Bundchen has 10.1 million), Anitta also became the first Brazilian artist to be verified on Snapchat. This summer her music video for “Sim ou Nao,” a duet with Colombian singer Maluma, collected 25 million views in the first month of its release (it now has 55.5 million). Last year, she won Best Worldwide Act – Latin America at the MTV EMAs. Anitta, 23, is self-managed.
Joe Cinque’s Consolation director Sotiris Dounoukos has signed with Verve. The drama, which premiered at Toronto last month, is the debut feature of the Australian filmmaker, whose A Single Body won Best International Short Film at the festival two years ago. Along with co-writer Matt Rubinstein, Dounoukos adapted Joe Cinque’s Consolation from Helen Garner’s nonfiction book of the same name, about the true story of a Canberra law student who roofied her boyfriend and then killed him via a heroin overdose. Dounoukos continues to be represented by literary agent Jennifer Naughton at Australia’s RGM Artists.
Puttin’ on the Fritzo
Jill Fritzo PR has signed three new clients:
Andrea Navedo, the Imagen Award winner who plays Gina Rodriguez’s mom, Xo, on The CW’s Jane the Virgin.
Hayes Grier, the social media star who will be seen later this month in Awesomeness TV’s horror series Freakish on Hulu.
Charlie DePew, who will be seen opposite Bella Thorne in the upcoming Freeform series Famous in Love.
They’re getting a Platform
Platform PR has signed four new clients:
Priyanka Bose, who plays Dev Patel’s long-lost mother in The Weinstein Co.’s awards hopeful Lion.
Sierra McClain, who plays ingenue Nessa on Fox’s Empire.
Kitty Cash, a Brooklyn-based DJ.
ole, ole, ole!
Toronto-based independent publishing and rights management company ole has acquired Compact Media, a London-based rights management company that manages audiovisual secondary rights for more than 700 clients, including Dreamworks, BBC, National Geographic, A&E and PBS. “ole is very excited to be adding Compact’s global capabilities as a leader in the AV Rights Management space, and we look forward to bringing the increased benefits to our mutual clients around the world,” ole chairman and CEO Robert Ott said in a statement. The acquisition is ole’s first since it secured a $500 million credit facility last month.
And finally, one more batch of PR signings!
Publicity firm 360bespoke has signed two clients:
Dylan Bruce, who is best known as Beth’s/Sarah’s/Rachel’s lover Paul in Orphan Black and will be one of the leads of NBC’s midseason adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas.
Christopher Campbell, a stylist whose clients include American Crew, Brunello Cucinelli, Harper’s Bazaar, Hudson’s Bay Company, Macy’s, Park Hyatt, Le Parker Meridien, Samsung and Victorinox.
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