Rep Sheet Roundup: Dee Rees Signs With Anonymous Content
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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She deserves to get paid
Mudbound director Dee Rees has signed with Anonymous Content for commercial representation in the U.S. and U.K. The critically acclaimed filmmaker is Oscar-nominated for co-adapting the drama’s screenplay, the first black woman ever to be nominated in that category.
“Dee is a fearless talent and an important voice in our industry,” Anonymous Content managing director and partner Eric Stern said in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier that she’s joined the Anonymous Content family.”
After Rees workshopped her short film Pariah as a fellow in Sundance’s Screenwriting and Directing Lab in 2008, her debut feature of the same name won the festival’s excellence in cinematography award in 2011 as well as Indie Spirit’s John Cassavetes Award and the GLAAD Media Award for outstanding film in limited release. Rees also personally won a Gotham Award for best breakthrough director.
The NYU graduate film alumna went on to direct the HBO biopic Bessie, whose four Emmys included outstanding television movie, and episodes of Fox’s Empire and ABC’sWhen We Rise. She will next write and direct FilmNation’s An Uncivil War, starring Mudbound’s Carey Mulligan as Gloria Steinem, and reteam with Mudbound producer Cassian Elwes to adapt Joan Didion’s political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted as a feature.
“I’m very excited to be working with the cool creators and storytellers over at Anonymous,” said Rees in a statement, “and can’t wait to play around with some fun and interesting shortform art.”
A stylish signing
Zanna Roberts Rassi, co-founder of Milk Makeup and senior fashion editor for Marie Claire, has signed with PR firm 42West. The Brit will join host Laverne Cox, Kim Kardashian makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic and YouTube makeup artist Kandee Johnson as a judge in the upcoming Kardashian-executive produced beauty competition Glam Masters, which premieres Feb. 28 on Lifetime.
Off to a promising start
Young actor Gregory Kasyan has signed with Platform PR. Last year the 16-year-old won acting honors at the Oldenburg and Napa Valley film festivals for his starring role in the true-life drama Quest, the autobiographical feature debut of filmmaker Santiago Rizzo.
Heard of him now
Filmmaker Matty Brown has signed with Atlanta- and Seattle-based production company UNHEARD/OF. For his “innovation, diversity and uniqueness of vision,” earlier this month he won Film Independent’s Seattle Story Award, which includes a Visit Seattle-sponsored $25,000 cash grant to make a short celebrating Seattle’s independent spirit.
“Matty is a rarity; he’s a guy who can make both content for brands and make art films too,” UNHEARD/OF executive producer Matt Ackerman said in a statement. “He’s just an all-around exceptional storyteller and with a unique perspective on each project he immerses himself into.”
Brown also was nominated for a Northwest Emmy in 2013 for the music video The Piano. He has the distinction of having the most Staff Picks of any filmmaker on Vimeo, and he has directed ads for Lincoln, Microsoft, Airbnb, Delta Airlines and Google.
“The UNHEARD/OF roster is doing such compelling work — it just blows my mind,” Brown said in a statement. “I’ve been bursting inside wanting to do projects that elevate my creativity and let my mind flourish with ideas. You want to be a part of a team that feeds and fuels you, and inspires you to be great.”
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