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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.
UTA has signed Justin Cornwell, the relative newcomer who will star opposite Bill Paxton in the television reimagining of Training Day, which CBS has ordered to series. Cornwell has been based in the Windy City, where he performed with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and has appeared on Chicago P.D. and Empire. He will play the idealistic young cop (Ethan Hawke’s role in the original 2001 film) who is partnered with Paxton’s morally ambiguous veteran. Cornwell continues to be repped by Gray Talent Group and Anonymous Content.
UTA also has signed Canadian director Nathan Morlando, whose latest film, Mean Dreams, premiered at Cannes on Sunday in the Directors’ Fortnight section. The thriller, which stars Paxton and Josh Wiggins, is the follow-up to Morlando’s debut, Citizen Gangster, which earned the writer/director best Canadian first feature honors at Toronto and was acquired by IFC in 2011. He continues to be repped by Gang Tyre.
Yeezy Lawyers Up
Kanye West has retained veteran music attorney Peter Paterno of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano.
Geraldo Rivera has signed with Don Buchwald & Associates. The 1972 Peabody winner and veteran talk show host currently hosts Geraldo Rivera Reports on Fox News, where he has served as a correspondent since 2001, and also competed on the most recent season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. “I’ve always been a fan of Geraldo Rivera’s honest style of broadcasting; with the ability to communicate a defined perspective on all things political, social and cultural, within a wonderfully mirthful style,” DBA founder Don Buchwald said in a statement. Added Rivera, “Don is one of the most creative and connected men in broadcasting. I’m confident that he and his team are a perfect fit to explore new horizons, particularly in radio and the Internet, and that we’ll be making some potent programming together.”
A Pair of Publicity Signings
UnREAL’s Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman has signed with Jill Fritzo PR. The Canadian native will be back as field producer Jay for the second season of Lifetime’s Peabody-winning drama next month. He co-starred opposite Robert De Niro and Zac Efron in Dirty Grandpa earlier this year, and he serves as a guest speaker for the Human Rights Campaign. Bowyer-Chapman continues to be repped by Innovative and Untitled.
Luke Cage’s Simone Missick has signed with 42West. The actress is getting her big break in the Netflix/Marvel series as comics character Misty Knight, a former NYPD cop who gets a bionic arm from none other than Tony Stark.
He’s a Music Man
CAA has hired Dave Aussenberg to its music brand partnerships group from Platinum Rye Entertainment, where as senior manager he headed its New York music partnerships division, working with brands including Mercedes-Benz, Vita Coco, Wix.com, GE Healthcare, Verizon, WeWork and Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel. He previously served as a senior project manager in Rolling Stone’s advertising department and as a manager at 10th Street Entertainment.
A Warm Welcome
Talent agent Kimberly Hines has joined Abrams Artists Agency, where she already has signed Gina Gershon, Balthazar Getty, William Forsythe, Costa Ronin and Medium alum Jake Weber. Hines previously worked as a manager at 3 Arts and at Industry Entertainment, and she started her career at CAA.
Echo Lake’s Hire Hire Promotion Promotion
Management, production and financing company Echo Lake has hired two managers and promoted two employees:
Talent manager Peter McGrath has joined Echo Lake, bringing with him clients Eka Darville (Marvel’s Jessica Jones), John Harlan Kim (The Librarians), Maia Mitchell (The Fosters), Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) and Odessa Young (When the Street Lights Go On).
Literary manager Adam Riback has joined from Management 360, along with BAFTA-nominated director Oscar Sharp (The Karman Line) and writers Leo Sardarian (Nicholas), Spencer Mondshein (The Search) and Andrea Ciannavei (Borgia, American Odyssey).
Chelsea Benson has been promoted to manager, after serving as manager Dave Brown’s assistant for the last three years. Benson has a master’s degree in producing from AFI Los Angeles.
Bobby Hoppey has been promoted to creative executive on the production/financing side after serving as assistant to CEO Doug Mankoff and president Andy Spaulding. Hoppey started at Echo Lake four years ago, assisting managers Brittany Kahan and Garciella Sanchez.
“Chelsea, Adam, Peter and Bobby fit perfectly with the entrepreneurial and collegial culture of our company,” Mankoff said in a statement. “They each bring much to the table as Echo Lake continues to grow its management division and build out its film and TV production slate.”
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