Rep Sheet Roundup: 'American Idol' Taylor Hicks Signs With APA
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news.
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Alert the Soul Patrol
American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks has signed with APA. He recently took a break from recording his fifth album to return to the Fox competition on Wednesday for its 15th and final season premiere, and will perform Jan. 16 in Bartlett, Tenn., and Feb. 13 in Winfield, Ala., with more tour dates to come. Since the platinum-selling release of his self-titled Idol victory lap album, the singer has played Teen Angel in both the Broadway and national tour revivals of Grease and maintained a residency at Paris casino in Las Vegas, as well as become a partner in Saw’s Juke Joint, a barbecue restaurant and live music venue in his native Birmingham, Ala.
Does Mr. T got time for this now?
CAA has signed digital entertainment company JibJab Bros. Studios in all areas. Best known for its 2004 presidential election parody video "This Land" as well as the e-cards in your inbox starring singing and dancing animated versions of your aunt, fraternity brothers and boss, JibJab was founded in 1999 by brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis. In addition to its popular e-card service, which last month propelled JibJab to the No. 2 spot (behind Netflix) in the entertainment category of Apple’s App Store, the studio has applied its personalization technology in a diverse array of partnerships (including Star Wars, Mad Men, Major League Baseball, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry) and in its kids and family brand StoryBots. StoryBots’ videos have been viewed more than 300 million times and its collection of videos, apps and games are now being used by more than 8,500 educators around the world. CAA will work with JibJab to package original content and identify new business opportunities across all platforms.
Indians on TV approaching "there can be two" status
Indian comedian and actor Vir Das has signed with Levity Entertainment Group. The management company discovered the comic during his recent small-scale U.S. tour, stopping at venues including Carolines on Broadway and Hollywood Improv. Das is Levity’s first India-based client, and his new reps plan to help him break into Hollywood via a larger U.S. tour, as well as meetings with executives and producers. "From the moment we saw a clip of Vir on YouTube and then seeing him in a packed house at the Hollywood Improv, it was immediately apparent how unique Vir is and the undeniable potential to elevate him on a global level," Levity comedy manager and producer Reg Tigerman said in a statement. Das continues to be represented by CAA.
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