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Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact email@example.com.
Just in time for awards season
Three months after publicity firm WKT Partners split into Wolf-Kasteler Public Relations and Shelter PR, each new agency has landed an Unbroken star:
Lead actor Jack O’Connell has signed with Wolf-Kasteler’s Lisa Kasteler. The Brit got his start on the racy U.K. teen series Skins and was seen in 300: Rise of an Empire earlier this year, but he is poised for an enormous breakout when Angelina Jolie’s directorial feature is released next month, where he portrays Olympian-turned-World War II POW Louis Zamperini. That performance is the latest in a number of recent acclaimed turns, in the prison drama Starred Up and the gritty drama ’71.
Meanwhile, co-star Miyavi has signed with Shelter PR, formed by WKT’s Cara Tripicchio, Christine Tripicchio and Marla Farrell in August. Miyavi, né Takamasa Ishihara, is considered an Oscar frontrunner in the supporting actor race for his portrayal of Zamperini’s sadistic tormenter, known as The Bird. It’s the first acting job for the Japanese rocker, who released his latest single, “Real?”, in September.
(He’s not in Unbroken)
Shelter PR has also signed Bobby Cannavale. The prolific actor is starring in the untitled HBO period rock drama from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter and also is filming a role in Marvel’s Ant-Man. This year he appeared in indie comedies Chef and Adult Beginners. Next up is the Annie remake as well as next summer’s Paul Feig comedy Spy, in which Cannavale will channel his charm to play Melissa McCarthy’s Italian playboy antagonist.
Back to the fold
Senior concerts agent Phil Casey has returned to ICM Partners after a year at former ICM chair Jeff Berg’s failed Resolution agency. Casey’s clients include Chris Brown, whose world tour begins in January, R. Kelly and Cash Money founders Ronald and Bryan Williams. The veteran agent first joined ICM in 1984, in the concert department’s urban group.
Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson
Actor John Robinson has signed with APA. The Portland, Ore., native was discovered by Gus Van Sant for his 2003 school-shooting drama Elephant, and was next cast by skateboarder-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta to portray himself in the autobiographical Lords of Dogtown, opposite Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch. More recently, Robinson has appeared in Peter Bogdanovich’s ensemble comedy She’s Funny That Way, the horror thriller Something Wicked (Brittany Murphy’s final film), Boys of Abu Ghraib opposite Sean Astin and Michael Polish’s adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur. Robinson, who also was seen in HBO’s Looking pilot, will next appear in Polish’s comedy Hot Bot and is attached to indie dramedy Relative Insanity, opposite Maggie Grace, David Duchovny, Helen Hunt and Joan Chen. Robinson continues to be managed by Radius Entertainment’s Oren Segal.
An Oscar nominee finds Verve
Filmmaker Shane Acker has signed with Verve. As a UCLA student, he received an Academy Award nomination for his 2005 animated short 9, which he turned into the 2009 Focus feature of the same name, produced by Tim Burton and Wanted’s Timur Bekmambetov. In addition to his work as a visual effects supervisor (47 Ronin, Oz the Great and Powerful, 2012’s Total Recall), Acker is preparing to direct Reel FX’s CG-animated adaptation of the Dark Horse comic Beasts of Burden and Valve’s animated post-apocalyptic adventure Deep. Acker continues to be repped by manager Robert Lazar at The Shuman Co. and attorney Larry Kopeikin at Morris Yorn.
Gersh waves the flag
The Case Against 8’s Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo have signed with Gersh. The couple was one of two who served as plaintiffs in the American Foundation for Equal Rights’ lawsuit over Proposition 8, as chronicled in the HBO documentary. The agency will work with Katami and Zarrillo on opportunities for their continued LGBT advocacy, which so far have included media appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Today, OWN, Time and People.
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