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New Daily Show host Trevor Noah has signed with PMK*BNC. The 31-year-old South African comedian was named Jon Stewart’s successor in March, three months after joining the Comedy Central program as a contributor. He was swiftly criticized for jokes on his Twitter feed that were construed as anti-Semitic and sexist, and while comic colleagues Stewart, Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore and Patton Oswalt have spoken up in support of Noah, a good PR team could be his best defense.
PMK*BNC also has signed Kevin Jonas. The eldest Jonas Brother competed on the most recent season of Celebrity Apprentice — fitting, since he’s become an entrepreneur, launching a food-on-demand app called Yood! Last November.
Marco Polo’s Olivia Cheng has signed with APA. The Alberta native plays the emperor’s consort Mei Lin on the period epic, which Netflix has renewed for a second season. In addition to formidable martial arts skills (which she prominently displays on the show), Cheng also is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. After college she worked jointly as an actress and broadcaster until she was cast in AMC’s Robert Duvall miniseries Broken Trail in 2006. She has since pursued acting full-time, appearing on USA’s Psych, Fox’s Fringe and The CW’s Arrow, among other series. She continues to be repped by Red Talent Management in Vancouver.
A grown-up move
Pan’s Levi Miller has signed with BWR Public Relations. The relative newcomer (he appeared in a 2011 episode of Fox’s short-lived Terra Nova) will star as the young orphan who becomes Peter Pan opposite Hugh Jackman in the Warner Bros. fantasy.
Best character name on television
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Dylan Gelula has signed with ICM Partners. She plays Kimmy’s teenage nemesis Xanthippe Lannister Voorhees on the Netflix comedy, and also recurred this season on ABC Family’s freshman drama Chasing Life. Before that, she was a series regular on TV Land’s Jennifer Falls, playing Jaime Pressly’s daughter. Gelula continues to be repped by manager Christopher Nathaniel at Industry and attorney Ryan Goodell at Morris Yorn.
The sky’s the limit for his career
Rising actor Skylan Brooks has signed with UTA. After breaking out as one of the title characters in 2013’s Sundance drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, he’ll be seen in The Weinstein Co.’s boxing drama Southpaw, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal. And he’s just been cast as one of the four young leads in Netflix’s upcoming period hip-hop drama The Get Down, from Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan. He continues to be repped by manager Joe Fowler at Allagash Entertainment as well as Hirsch Wallerstein.
Country lawyer goes Hollywood
Southern attorney-turned-entertainment manager Patrick Millsaps has signed actors Lance Reddick and Ben Reed to his HBS Management. The conservative lawyer from Camilla, Ga., made his career transition after meeting and becoming the rep of Stacey Dash three years ago.
Reddick is currently a series regular on Bosch, which Amazon has greenlighted for a second season. He also recently appeared in John Wick, Faults, The Guest and White House Down, although he is best known for his upstanding authority figures in HBO’s The Wire and Fox’s Fringe.
Reed most recently played Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) father in American Sniper. He is executive producing and appearing in the upcoming indie romance Starcrossed, starring Mischa Barton. His previous credits include House M.D., CSI and NCIS.
Big break for a second-generation entertainer
Cassidy Gifford, a daughter of Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, has signed with Nicole Miller Agency for publicity. Gifford will star in Warner Bros. and Blumhouse’s found-footage horror film The Gallows, out this summer. She previously appeared in the faith-based movie God’s Not Dead as well as Blue Bloods, The Suite Life on Deck and That’s So Raven.
A stylish addition
Style digital personality Nick Axelrod has signed with Brillstein. He currently hosts the celebrity talk show I Yahoo’d Myself, which he created after joining Yahoo as contributing editor last August. Axelrod (a former contributor to The Hollywood Reporter) co-founded the beauty blog Into the Gloss and also served as senior fashion news editor at Elle. The Brown graduate began his career at WWD.
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