Rep Sheet Roundup: CBS TV Studios Head Joins Verve as Agent
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news.
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CBS TV Studios head Karyn Smith-Forge has become a television agent at Verve. She is the second TV exec to join the agency, behind Melissa Darman from Lionsgate TV in 2014. Smith-Forge got her start as an agent at Endeavor before moving to Fox TV Studios, where she developed USA’s White Collar and TNT’s Saving Grace. She was recruited by CBS TV Studios in 2012 to help launch its cable/digital department, where she developed and sold Starz’s Power, Freeform’s Young & Hungry, TV Land’s Impastor and TBS’ upcoming Guest Book.
“We are thrilled to have Karyn join our team,” the Verve partners said in a joint statement. “Her vast experience developing and selling television programs will undoubtedly make her an invaluable addition to our growing ranks.”
Music agent David Klein has left CAA for UTA. The New York native got his start at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory Concerts before joining CAA in 2005, where he worked with artists including OneRepublic, Tori Kelly, Lana del Rey and Gavin DeGraw.
“Dave has many amazing qualities, not least of which is his love of music,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer said in a statement. “He is a passionate advocate and that is what artists want in today’s rapidly changing landscape. Beyond that, he has great industry relationships and will be a great teammate and colleague.”
In recent months, UTA has expanded its music and touring practice with the additions of comedy touring agent Joe Eshenbaugh and music agents Mike “Mike G” Guirguis, Bex Majors, Billy Wood, Geoff “Geespin” Gamere and Rob Walker, along with the hiring of Greg Janese to lead corporate and special events and Toni Wallace to lead music brand partnerships.
“I am thrilled to be joining UTA at such an exciting time for the agency,” said Klein, who has been booking shows since his college days at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “The undeniable enterprising spirit of everyone here is palpable, and I’m excited to start the next chapter of my career here.”
Some good news out of D.C.
Brillstein CEO and chairman Jon Liebman has been elected to the board of directors of the National Archives Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the National Archives and Records Administration. In addition, former board chairman Thomas E. Wheeler is rejoining the board after serving as the 31st chairman of the FCC.
“We are delighted to have Tom and Jon join the board,” foundation board chairman A’Lelia Bundles said in a statement. “I am especially thrilled that we’ll once again have access to Tom’s sage advice and institutional memory. I am equally excited about Jon and his unique combination of a passion for history and deep connections to the storytelling mastery of Hollywood.”
“Everyone benefits from a real and unvarnished understanding of America’s experience as a democracy,” Liebman said in a statement. “I’m so honored to be invited to help further the National Archives Foundation’s crucial mission of civic education and engagement.”
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