Rep Sheet Roundup: CAA Signs Model and E! Host Olivia Culpo
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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There she is, Miss Universe
CAA has signed model and host Olivia Culpo, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2012. Culpo serves regularly as a fashion commentator for E!, including for the most recent Met Gala, Oscars and Emmys red carpets. A L'Oreal ambassador, she is acting in two upcoming independent movies: Ash Avildsen's American Satan, starring Malcolm McDowell, Denise Richards and Sebastian Bach, and Ashe Morrison and David Doucette's Tired Lungs. Culpo continues to be represented by manager Nikki Bohannon and attorneys Elizabeth Paw and Rob Cohen of Carroll Guido.
In other CAA news, the agency's year-old hospitality division, CAA Premium Experience, has struck a long-term deal to serve as the official event and hospitality partner of Major League Baseball. The agency will package and execute customized fan experiences and travel packages for MLB events, starting with next month's All-Star Week and including Spring Training and the World Series. "Since the launch of CAA Premium Experience, we all have been working closely to craft a partnership that leverages the combined assets and strengths of our two organizations to create new opportunities for fans to enjoy MLB Jewel Events," CAA Sports co-head Mike Levine said in a statement. Added MLB executive vice president of business Noah Garden in a statement, "CAA is a world-class sports organization that will present a collection of assets and special access that will appeal to our fans and provide them with easier, deeper and more fulfilling baseball travel experiences."
A trio of funny ladies
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom has signed with publicity firm BWR. Last week she was nominated for the TCA Awards' Individual Achievement in Comedy to go with wins at the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice TV Awards earlier this year.
BWR also has signed comediennes Natasha Leggero and Cameron Esposito. Leggero currently stars in the Downton Abbey send-up Another Period, which she co-created and which Comedy Central has renewed for a third season. Esposito most recently appeared in Garry Marshall's ensemble comedy Mother's Day and is working with You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk on an FX sexuality-themed comedy based on her life.
At least someone in Britain is voting to stay together
IMG has renewed its partnership with the Premier League for the next three seasons. Premiere League Productions will produce and distribute all of the international programming for England's top soccer league — all 380 matches, seven weekly magazine shows and the 24/7 Premier League Content Service. The latter includes studio-based content before and after matches, regular news shows, international phone-ins and archived matches in addition to new content that includes a fantasy program and expanded collection of highlight clips.
More U.K. news that is not about Brexit
Creative Artists Management agents Gavin Denton-Jones and Suzy Brierley have left to form a new U.K.-based talent agency, Denton Brierley. The new firm's clients include American Gods star Ricky Whittle, Madeleine Mantock and Oliver Stark (Into the Badlands), Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Paul Blackthorne (Arrow), Shivani Ghai (Dominion), Gerran Howell (Emerald City), Ivan Kaye (Vikings), Chris Vance (Transporter), Nora-Jane Noone (Brooklyn), Charles Babalola (Thirteen), David Witts (Recovery Road), Jamie Ward (Tyrant), Adam Brown (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Olivia Chenery (Penny Dreadful), Langley Kirkwood (Banshee), Michael Lindall (Guilt) and Nabil Elouahabi (The Night Of).
And another new agency launch (sort of)
Relativity Sports has relaunched as Independent Sports and Entertainment after an investment from Ron Burkle closed on June 20. Burkle first stepped in last fall amid the bankruptcy filing of parent company Relativity Media, which led to the layoff of Relativity Sports president Happy Walters. Former Madison Square Garden Co. president and CEO Hank Ratner has been appointed new president and CEO of ISE, which has retained more than 300 MLB, NFL and NBA players on its roster. "Independent Sports and Entertainment will include the best and the brightest talent in the industry representing some of the top names in sports," said Burkle, who will serve as ISE's board chair. "Hank is one of the most respected leaders in the business with a unique and broad portfolio of experience that perfectly positions him to transform ISE into a leading sports, media, entertainment and management company, providing the very best for our clients on and off the field."
La vie avec UTA
French filmmaker Olivier Dahan has signed with UTA. He broke out with 2007's acclaimed Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, which earned star Marion Cotillard an Academy Award and garnered César and BAFTA nominations for Dahan. He most recently directed Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco, and his other credits include the 2010 dramedy My Own Love Song, starring Renee Zellweger and Forest Whitaker, and the 2012 soccer comedy Les Seigneurs (The Dream Team). He will next direct the French thriller Sold, written by David Michaels. Dahan continues to be represented by France's Agents Associes.
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