Rep Sheet Roundup: Harry Connick Jr., 'Jay Leno's Garage' Producer and 'Funny or Die' Writer

Harry Connick Jr. - H 2014
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Harry Connick Jr. - H 2014

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 

Harry Goes Commercial 

Harry Connick Jr. has signed with agency and management company Octagon for endorsements and sponsorships. The actor and musician, who continues to be repped by CAA in all other areas, will return as a judge for season 14 of Fox’s American Idol.

ICM Expands Brands

On the heels of its successful “British Villains” campaign for client Jaguar Land Rover, ICM Partners has added three more companies to its Global Branded Entertainment roster. The agency will help develop entertainment marketing tie-ins for KIND Healthy Snacks as well as department stores Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, sister retailers to ICM client Saks Fifth Avenue.

Funny or Die Writer Joins ICM

ICM also has signed Funny or Die staff writer Eliza Skinner, whose written and produced sketches include the Kristen Bell-starring minimum-wage parody “Mary Poppins Quits.” Skinner writes for E!’s Fashion Police too. Skinner also is repped by Levity and attorney Lev Ginsburg of Ginsburg Daniels.

Jay Leno's Garage Guy Signs With Gersh

Gersh has signed Jay Leno’s Garage supervising producer Kico Velarde, who won an Emmy for the webseries in 2011 and was nominated again the following year. The Los Angeles native has edited projects for NBCUniversal, Technicolor, HGTV and IFC. He directed the short film The Shooting Star Salesman. Velarde is managed by BRGN.

Happy Tune for New First Artists Partner 

First Artists Management has promoted agent Rich Jacobellis to partner. The agency is a leader in representing film and TV music composers, and Jacobellis’ own roster includes Emmy winners Bear McCreary (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (Nurse Jackie) as well as music supervisors Alexandra Patsavas (The Twilight Saga), Liza Richardson (About a Boy) and Kevin Edelman (Homeland).

Elsewhere in Rep World:

Joel Kinnaman Exits CAA

UTA Signs Rising Asian Stars Claudia Kim and Mark Chao

IMG Sports and Entertainment President George Pyne Exits to Form “New Venture”

Former Law & Order Showrunner Rene Balcer Leaves UTA for CAA

Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME