Rep Sheet Roundup: ICM Partners Signs Toni Braxton Biopic Star
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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Lex Scott Davis, who recently portrayed Toni Braxton in the Lifetime telepic Unbreak My Heart, has signed with ICM Partners (which already reps the R&B star). The TV movie drew 3.6 million viewers in January. Davis, a newcomer, is managed by Genevieve Penn at Luber Roklin.
Not a dumb blonde
Writer Heather Hach has left WME for Verve. She was a Tony and Drama Desk nominee in 2007 for writing the book for the musical adaptation of Legally Blonde, and she also co-wrote the screenplays for the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday, starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the 2012 ensemble comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting, based on the classic pregnancy guide of the same name.
Filmmaker Shaka King has joined his agent Mike Esola at UTA (Esola made the move from WME in November). King’s feature debut, Newlyweeds, premiered at Sundance in 2013 and earned him the Spirit Awards’ $25,000 Someone to Watch grant, which recognizes “a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.” King returned to Sundance in 2015 with the satirical Mafia short Mulignans. He now is developing hip-hop comedy These Are My Friends at HBO with Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital.
A new pair
Gersh has hired Laura Brokaw and Stewart Cavanagh as agents.
Brokaw spent the last 13 years at The Skouras Agency, and her below-the-line clients include production designers Andrew L. Jones (Hulu’s upcoming pilot Dawn), Scott P. Murphy (Netflix’s Daredevil) and Paki Smith (the upcoming Mary Shelley romance A Storm in the Stars); cinematographer David Ungaro (A Storm in the Stars) and 2nd unit DP Andrew Rowlands (Universal’s reboot of The Mummy); and editors Greg D’Auria (Star Trek Beyond), Daniel Gabbe (AMC’s upcoming Preacher adaptation), Bruce Green (Garry Marshall’s upcoming Mother’s Day) and Peter Gvozdas (The Purge). “We are always excited to have the opportunity to welcome an agent of Laura’s stature to the agency,” co-president David Gersh said in a statement. “I am impressed with her knowledge of the industry, her contacts and her incredible work ethic, along with her warm and pleasant personality.”
Cavanagh will be a vice president in Gersh’s alternative television department, reporting directly to partner and department head Todd Christopher. Cavanagh, a nine-year veteran of Rebel Entertainment Partners and Innovative Artists who packaged Nat Geo Wild’s The Incredible Dr. Pol, is bringing a roster that includes Sue Kolinsky (co-executive producer of NBC’s Last Comic Standing), Shannon Fitzgerald (exec producer of USA’s Chrisley Knows Best Christmas special), Jennifer Heftler (who under her overall deal with Trium Entertainment made the Making a Scene With James Franco web series), Oji Singletary (exec producer of BET Digital’s The Westbrooks) and Paulina Williams (exec producer of TLC’s Coach Charming). “We are also thrilled to have an agent with Stewart’s experience join our alternative department,” Gersh said in a statement, “and expect to see an immediate impact on business resulting from his coming on board.”
Sports-centric agency Wasserman Media Group is expanding into “all aspects of culture,” according to a release from the company, which now will simply be known as Wasserman. The agency also has promoted co-managing director Denise Durante to chief marketing officer and added a family of brands that include social media agency Laundry Service and global media network Cycle to go with its roster of 1,500-plus clients, which include athletes Andrew Luck, Russell Westbrook and Steven Gerrard; sports organizations such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, Barclays Premier League and the men’s pro tennis tour Association of Tennis Professionals; and corporations including American Express, Microsoft, PepsiCo and Vodafone. “Sports has been a powerful driver of lifestyle, and we have leveraged those roots to expand far beyond to meet our clients’ ever-changing needs in today’s marketplace,” Wasserman chair and CEO Casey Wasserman said in a statement. “I am proud of our team thus far and ready to serve clients across all of our platforms, and push ahead more ambitiously, more creatively and more successfully.”
ID PR’s Annick Muller will become senior vice president of Wolf Kasteler PR’s New York office on March 1. Muller began her career in ID’s Los Angeles office in 2001 before eventually moving east more than a decade ago. “I am grateful for the mentorship and guidance I received as part of ID for 15 years,” Muller said in a statement. “I am excited to embark on my next chapter with the wonderful team at Wolf Kasteler Public Relations.” Said partners Annett Wolf and Lisa Kasteler in a joint statement, “We are very excited that Annick, who is so well-respected and greatly experienced, is joining us as we celebrate the firm’s 25th anniversary. This is an important and evolving time for us.”
Be their Guest
Upright Citizens Brigade improv comic Elizabeth Guest has signed with Primary Wave Entertainment, the first new client for manager Tatiana Sarah since coming over from 3 Arts to start up Primary Wave’s comedy department. Guest (a niece of Christopher Guest) recently created and starred in the web series Guest Appearances and regularly performs with her all-female comedy team Fresh Hell.
Honduran actress Ana Belibasis has signed with Chrome Artists Management. Her credits include the Spanish series Hola ¿Que tal?
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