Rep Sheet Roundup: Former CAA Book Agent Simon Green Joins Abrams

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THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news

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 rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Books bigwig

Simon Green, who started CAA’s book publishing department in 2009, has joined Abrams to lead its book and publishing division.

Green is a veteran of the space, having spent 17 years helping to run Pom Inc. Literary Agency, then nearly a decade growing CAA’s book publishing department from scratch. The Vassar College alumnus left the agency last spring and spent the past year working independently with various publishing clients. Prior to his break from the agency world, he handled multiple New York Times best-sellers and worked on publishing projects with clients including Jimmy Fallon, Jim Gaffigan, Lupita Nyong'o, Viola Davis, Paul Feig, Eric Bogosian, Justin Bieber, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, Brian Grazer, Jesse Eisenberg, Katie Couric, Gordon Ramsay, Demi Lovato, Wong Kar Wai, Michelle Alexander, Andre Agassi and Jeff Bridges.

“Simon represents the level of agent we know will support our growth within the industry,” the Abrams partners said in a joint statement. “The publishing world is robust, and he has an incredible eye for talent along with a collaborative spirit that will add to our teams and across the board. We feel fortunate to have him join us at this incredible time of growth and change at the agency.”

Abrams also has signed children’s programming producer Jill Shinderman, who is currently an executive producer and writer on PBS Kids’ Splash and Bubbles. With more than 23 years of experience in animation and early childhood content, she has worked for such companies as Disney, Nickelodeon, Scholastic and The Jim Henson Co., and in 2018 was one of 12 individuals named to the inaugural Learning Sciences Exchange Fellowship, a partnership among the International Congress of Infant Studies, the Jacobs Foundation and New America. “I am looking forward to becoming part of the Abrams family and working with everyone in the literary department and beyond in expanding my brand across multiple platforms,” Shinderman said in a statement. “The team understands the work I am passionate about, and that was most important to me.”

Ivey league

APA has promoted Brooke Ivey to agent in its Nashville office, where she will service the agency’s entire roster for corporate, special and private events as well as nontraditional ticketed shows. The Music City native joined the agency in 2015 and was nominated last October for the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s Young Professional of the Year Award. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State’s Department of Recording Industry in 2012, she began her career as a coordinator in BMI’s writer publisher relations department, where she pitched new talent, curated and organized indie showcases and managed BMI-sponsored stages at such festivals as Hangout Fest, Bonnaroo, SXSW and Key West Songwriters Festival. “Brooke has extensive experience in cultivating valuable opportunities for our roster,” APA Nashville head of concerts Steve Lassiter said in a statement. “She’s done an incredible job for our clients, and I look forward to her continued success.”

APA also added agents Megan McWaters in Los Angeles and Katie Edwards in New York to its comedy department in 2018. “We’re very pleased to have Megan and Katie join our comedy team,” Jackie Knobbe and fellow comedy co-head Max Burgos said in a joint statement. “Their talent and creativity will be a great asset to our growing roster as we continue to expand our footprint in the evolving comedy landscape.”

Others on the dotted line

Portrait PR has signed:

  • Fresh Off the Boat star Ian Chen, who plays the youngest Huang son on the ABC family sitcom and soon will be seen on the big screen in both Warner Bros.’ Shazam! and Universal’s A Dog’s Journey
  • Seana Kofoed, who costars in Jenji Kohan’s new series American Princess on Lifetime and also wrote and stars in the upcoming indie comedy thriller 30 Miles From Nowhere
  • Casey Deidrick, who will be seen on The CW’s upcoming In the Dark
  • Marc Cartwright, who directed indie films We Die Alone, Vexed and Savor

Fathom Events has signed with tech and entertainment PR agency Bob Gold & Associates. “They have the right entertainment experience and media relationships to get our story told,” Fathom CEO Ray Nutt said in a statement. Added Bob Gold & Associates president and CEO Bob Gold, “This is an exciting entertainment company that isn’t fully appreciated for its highly curated depth of special screenings that draws audiences who may not be moviegoers. Many content owners rely on Fathom Events to deliver its expert marketing to build awareness, generate fan excitement, create media attention and qualify for awards. There’s a reason why this company is the 12th largest distributor in North America — because Fathom Events offers something for everyone.”

National Talent LA, an agency founded by former model and behavioral health therapist Karen Patmas in 2017, has signed production company August Road Entertainment, founded by filmmaker Michael Rosen, whose work includes Matt Damon’s comedic Water.org online campaign.

Canada’s The Feldman Agency has promoted Olivia Ootes to vp operations. She joined the company as a junior coordinator in 1998.

Scream queen Brooke Lewis (2017 short Allen + Millie: A Short Romance, upcoming indie dramedy ½ New Year) has signed with Eris Talent. She previously signed with The Corsa Agency in 2017.

Elsewhere in Rep World:

Troy Carter Signs With UTA

CAA Restructures Motion Picture Department

PR Vets Paul Pflug, Melissa Zukerman Launch Reputation Management Firm

UTA Acquires Influencer Firm Digital Brand Architects

Stacey Lubliner Joins 3 Arts Entertainment as Manager

Jimmy Kimmel’s Kimmelot Taps CAA Agent as President