David Unger's Global Management Firm Gets Cannes Coming-Out

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David Unger (inset) is prepping Artist International Group for its Cannes debut.

Artist International is moving into film and TV production and will offer financial and branding advisory services to entertainment and media companies worldwide.

David Unger's management firm Artist International Group is preparing to make its splashy debut at the Cannes Film Festival and market.

With a roster that includes such global stars as Michelle Yeoh, Anil Kapoor and Gong Li as well as international literary talents Amanda Sthers (Madame), Tony Kaye (American History X), Francesco Carrozzini (Franca: Chaos and Creation) and Oscar winner Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction), Unger sees Artist International, which he quietly formed in 2017, as uniquely poised to serve the entertainment industry's growing call for multicultural talent and international content. The company already enjoys a foothold in territories ranging from Italy to India to China.

"For so long, Hollywood has been closed to these quote-unquote foreigners," says Unger, an ICM veteran who created music-centric management firm Three Six Zero Group in 2015 with Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson (that company still exists, repping Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean, among others).

Unger adds, "We are seeing the rise of China not only as a market but as a creative wellspring. That is going to be the greatest transformation of our creative landscape, where we will see the birth of all these great Chinese writers, directors and actors."

With offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong, Artist International also is moving into film and TV production and will offer financial and branding advisory services to entertainment and media companies worldwide.

And, of course, Unger will be scouting talent (and throwing a lavish party) at Cannes, a festival that he says "mirrors the mission of our company with its tip of the hat to the global marketplace." 

This story appeared in the May 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.