Rep Sheet Roundup: Damon Wayans Signs With ICM Partners

Damon Wayans - H 2015
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Damon Wayans - H 2015

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

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Partnering With ICM

Damon Wayans has exited CAA for ICM Partners. The comedian made his television debut as a member of Saturday Night Live’s 1985-86 cast before co-creating his own sketch comedy classic, In Living Color, with his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans. A decade later he created and starred on the ABC sitcom My Wife and Kids. Wayans’ big-screen starring roles include The Last Boy Scout, opposite Bruce Wilis, and Major Payne, which he also executive produced and co-wrote.

ICM also has signed British-Japanese actress Sonoya Mizuno, who made her feature debut this year in Alex Garland’s critically praised sci-fi indie Ex Machina as Oscar Isaac’s silent and mysterious assistant, Kyoko. Mizuno will appear as a debutante in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and currently is shooting Damien Chazelle’s musical dramedy La La Land, where she is playing one of Emma Stone’s roommates.

And comedian Rickey Smiley also has signed with ICM. Famous for his prank phone calls, he currently hosts the nationally syndicated television and radio show Dish Nation, which Fox Television Stations has renewed through 2016-17, as well as the Atlanta-based Rickey Smiley Morning Show, which is aired on 61 stations across the country and growing. Smiley also stars in the semi-autobiographical TV One comedy The Rickey Smiley Show, whose third season aired last summer. He continues to be repped by Renaissance Literary & Talent, Katz Golden Rosenman and Workhouse Media.

Byrd Flies to CAA

Music agent Jay Byrd is now at CAA, along with his client Jon Batiste, the THR Next Gen honoree who serves as the bandleader for CBS’ Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Byrd previously spent a decade at WME.

OC Comes to UTA

UTA has signed Danish director Ole Christian “OC” Madsen. He most recently served as director and executive producer on Cinemax’s Banshee, which will air its fourth and final season next January. Itsi Bitsi, his most recent film, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Madsen’s other movies include Pizza King, Kira’s Reason: A Love Story, Angels in Fast Motion, Prague and Superclasico, as well as 2008’s Flame and Citron, which set box-office records in Denmark. The writer/director is currently working on both a BBC Films period piece and a new movie about the Copenhagen terrorist shootings in February.

Elsewhere in Rep World:

UTA Acquires The Agency Group: “It’s a Quantum Leap Forward for Us”

UTA Lands ‘Son of Saul’ Writer-Director Laszlo Nemes

ICM Partners Promotes Michael Kagan to Head of International Television and Media

‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Michiel Huisman Signs With UTA

ICM Partners Taps Former BuzzFeed and Google Exec as Digital Head

APA Accused of Raiding Clients in Lawsuit From Commercial Talent Agency

WME Signs Indie Pop Duo Tegan and Sara

Digital Producer Defy Media Signs With WME

Greg Louganis Signs With CAA

YouTube, Snapchat Star Casey Neistat Signs With WME

UTA in Negotiations to Buy Music Power The Agency Group

Why Agencies Don’t Care About The Fat Jew’s Plagiarism Problem