Canadian Talent Agency Vet Larry Goldhar to Retire

Jason Priestley and Tatiana Maslany Split - H 2015
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Jason Priestley and Tatiana Maslany Split - H 2015

After 46 years with The Characters Talent Agency, the head of the reps for Jason Priestley and Tatiana Maslany is to step down.

Longtime agent Larry Goldhar is leaving The Characters Talent Agency after almost 50 years in the Canadian entertainment business.

Goldhar, who co-founded Characters in Toronto 46 years ago, is retiring as an agent, and will be replaced by Jennifer Goldhar as president as he takes a background role at the agency. Jennifer Goldhar's Characters' talent roster includes Donald Sutherland, Jason Priestley and Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany.

Ryan Goldhar, who joined Characters in 2011 and already represents Kate Vernon, Tara Spencer-Nairn and Torri Higginson, will take over Larry Goldhar's client list. Additionally, Tyman Stewart has been named as president of Characters' Vancouver office, replacing Leonard Bonnell.

Jennifer Goldhar joined Characters 20 years, and in her new role will oversee the day-to-day running of the agency, which also has Zoie Palmer and Anthony Lemke on its talent roster. "Larry built this company with integrity, respect for others and an unparalleled passion for his clients,” said Jennifer Goldhar in a statement on Tuesday.

"I plan to continue this longstanding tradition and ensure The Characters remains a leader in the industry and an agency actors strive to be a part of," she added.