Rep Sheet Roundup: ‘Awkward’ Alum Ashley Rickards Signs With Paradigm
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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No longer Awkward
Awkward alum Ashley Rickards has signed with Paradigm. She previously was with UTA. The actress earned a Critics Choice nomination for best comedy actress in 2012 for her starring role in the MTV series, and she most recently appeared as supervillain Top on two episodes of The CW’s The Flash and starred in an installment of Hulu anthology Dimension 404 last season. Her prior credits include Robot Chicken, American Horror Story and One Tree Hill, plus features The Outcasts, At the Devil’s Door, Behaving Badly, Struck by Lightning and Fly Away. In 2015, Harlequin Nonfiction published Rickards’ book A Real Guide to Really Getting It Together Once and for All (Really). She continues to be represented by LINK Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Get Out, Pitch!
Shelter PR has signed:
· Anna Camp, who returns for the third and final Pitch Perfect in December.
A new lineup
The Flash alum Malese Jow has assembled a new team, signing with Abrams Artists Agency, Mach 1 Management and Platform Public Relations. She previously was represented by Authentic. The actress will be a series regular on season two of fantasy drama The Shannara Chronicles, which is moving from MTV to Spike TV this fall. Jow’s previous credits include The Social Network, The Vampire Diaries, NCIS: Los Angeles, The CW’s Star-Crossed and Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush.
WME has signed automotive-focused digital media publisher Donut Media. The company, which targets millennial car lovers, announced $800,000 in seed investment in May and also recently launched internal content agency Donut Brand Studio. Its videos fusing auto culture and pop culture have garnered millions of monthly views across Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
“We’ve had a lot of success creating short- and medium-form content around cars and motorsports, but we never intended to stop there,” Donut Media co-founder Nick Moceri said in a statement. “We’ve had our eye on TV and longer-form for a while, and have been looking for a partner who can help us translate our content creation abilities for other mediums. Our relationship with WME now provides us instant access to talent, brands, production relationships and strategy around these partnerships to help us ensure that we’re working with the right people, at the right time, on the right projects.”
Donut was formed in 2015 by a group that includes visual effects director Ben Conrad, AwesomeTV’s Matthew Levin and members of GoPro, Wasserman Media Group and Fullscreen.
“We have already seen a huge increase in relationship and opportunities on the unscripted programming, live events and digital sides, and we’re beginning to explore the talent and brand relationships as well,” Moceri continued in a statement. “We only expect this to continue with WME, who have the ability to scale with us as we grow. They’re excited and interested in what we’re doing, and we’re operating from a shared vision.”
Young rapper and actress Sky Katz has signed with MLC PR. Katz will make her acting debut on the July 21 premiere of Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home, starring Raven-Symone. She got her big break last summer on America’s Got Talent.
Entertainment law firm Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman has hired Brad S. Small as a partner. The former Greenberg Glusker and Bloom Hergott partner has represented clients including Nick Pileggi, Animus Films, Gil Cates Jr., Jill Mazursky, Thora Birch, Diamond Dallas Page, Jake "the Snake" Roberts, Skoozi and Mike Walters. He also previously served as executive vice president of TV business and legal affairs at The Weinstein Company.
“We’re delighted to have Brad on board,” Rosenfeld co-managing partner Burt Levitch said in a statement. “He broadens our entertainment reach as an experienced and highly respected member of the community. And he’s the perfect fit for our firm — engaging, thoughtful, knowledgeable, funny and generally a pleasure to have around.”
Added co-managing partner Todd Bonder in a statement, “Brad rounds out the firm’s entertainment and media group with his unique skill set and expertise in all aspects of television, digital media and property, and brand-driven deal-making. His background in content-related transactions for every screen, coupled with his in-house experience and representation of talent, make Brad ideally suited to complement Rosenfeld’s already-strong presence in the feature film world.”
For his part, Small said in a statement, “I’m excited to join the partnership at the boutique law firm Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman, which has traditional roots in the entertainment industry, and will provide my clients with the opportunity to use my over 20 years of theatrical, television and digital experience on both sides of the table for them.”
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