Rep Sheet Roundup: ICM Partners Signs Super Bowl Champ LaMarr Woodley
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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Former NFL outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley has signed with ICM Partners. After retiring following the 2015 season, he now hosts the NFL Network’s Tackle My Ride, where he and master car builder James Torrez transform vehicles for NFL fans. Michael Strahan produces the series, now in its second season. Woodley won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 and was named to the Pro Bowl later that year. The Michigan native went to the University of Michigan, where he was a unanimous All-American selection in 2007. Together with his wife, Jordan, he runs The LaMarr Woodley Foundation, which benefits underprivileged and underserved youth in his hometown of Saginaw.
ICM also has signed CollegeHumor director Josh Ruben. As a co-founder for the company’s original content department, he directed thousands of videos over six years. Most recently, he helmed half of the episodes for Netflix’s upcoming survival comedy The Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse, executive produced by Matt Damon and Peter Berg. He also helmed the Vogue short Zoolander Returns to the Runway, several episodes of TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything and ABC Digital’s Boondoggle. IFC is developing his comedy Lee’s Kill List as part of its 2018 slate.
As an actor, Ruben’s credits include starring in indie films Unlovable, Goodbye Baby, Coffee Town, For a Good Time Call and Worst Friends and Go90’s Thanksgiving, as well as the FX pilot Ride or Die. He’ll also appear in the upcoming indie family dramedy What Children Do. Ruben continues to be represented by managers Brian Steinberg and Tucker Voorhees at Principato Young and attorney Lev Ginsburg at Ginsburg Daniels.
Country star Trace Adkins has signed with UTA worldwide in all areas. He previously was with CAA. The multiplatinum, Grammy-nominated artist competed in the first edition of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, in 2008, then returned to win the 2013 All-Star edition, raising more than $1.5 million for the American Red Cross and the Wounded Warrior Project. He also has played a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon, a tough biker in The Lincoln Lawyer and a wise tattoo artist in Moms’ Night Out. Adkins has participated in 12 USO tours and in 2007 published his autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions From a Freethinking Roughneck. He continues to be managed by Greg Baker.
“Trace Adkins is a massive talent and a true multi-hyphenate artist that will touch all areas of the agency, including film, television, digital, endorsements and touring,” UTA co-head of talent Chris Hart and UTA Nashville’s Nick Meinema said in a joint statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to work with Trace to continue to grow an already incredible career.”
Swiss-Spanish rapper and actor Carlos Leal has signed with APA in the U.S. After co-founding the popular Swiss hip-hop group Sens Unik, he went on to star in four seasons of El Internado (The Boarding School), EBU limited series The Team and StudioCanal’s award-winning miniseries Gotthard. American audiences could see him in recurring roles on Lifetime’s Devious Maids and TNT’s The Last Ship, as well as movies Spaceman, The Way, There Be Dragons, Broken Embraces and Casino Royale. He had a lead role in the ABC Justin Long pilot Dream Team last year, and starred opposite Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin in Barcelona at the Geffen Playhouse. Leal continues to be managed by Beth McIntosh at Creative Partners Group.
NBCUniversal in-house senior legal executive Yakub Hazzard has returned to Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, where he began his career as an associate in 1990 and was a partner by the time of his departure a decade later. The son of UCLA basketball legend Walt Hazzard, the younger Hazzard played one year of hoops at Stanford and then went to UCLA for law school. Prior to handling profit participation and litigation for NBCUniversal, Hazzard has served as a litigator representing music clients including Berry Gordy, the Ray Charles Foundation, Incubus and Weezer, as well as video game companies and foreign distributors. His entertainment litigation experience began at MSK, helping the firm represent the Recording Industry Association of America in its lawsuit against Napster.
“MSK’s entertainment group is one of the top legal practices in the world, so it is both a pleasure and an exceptional opportunity to head back to where I started my legal career,” Hazzard said in a statement. “I was privileged to see MSK guide music-industry clients through an intense period of disruption. With my experience at NBCUniversal, for which I am very thankful, I look forward to helping the firm and its clients navigate another exciting period of change now sweeping across film, television, video gaming and other forms of entertainment.”
Hazzard is a member of the board of directors for both the Berry Gordy Foundation and Public Counsel.
“MSK prides itself on its operational experience within the entertainment business, and there are not many attorneys in the country who offer the industry insight and legal dexterity that Yakub possesses,” MSK chairman Kevin Gaut said in a statement. “Yakub’s high-level experience inside a major studio will be a tremendous asset to our clients. Beyond that, we are thrilled to welcome back a lawyer and industry leader the firm respects so much.”
Others on the dotted line
Jill Fritzo PR has signed:
· Bethenny Frankel, who has been chartering planes to ferry survivors and aid for Puerto Rico hurricane relief as part of the work of her charity B Strong, which assists women and families in crisis following natural disasters and other emergencies. The Skinnygirl founder and New York Times best-selling author will debut as a Guest Shark on NBC’s Shark Tank next month, a dozen years after she competed as a natural-foods chef on a Martha Stewart-hosted season of The Apprentice (Frankel finished in second place) and later found fame on The Real Housewives of New York City.
· Anne Dudek, best known to House fans as “Cutthroat Bitch” but also a familiar face from Mad Men, Big Love and White Chicks. She’ll next be seen as a series regular on Comedy Central’s upcoming Corporate. Dudek’s other credits include Masters of Sex, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Longmire, Law and Order, The Devil You Know, The Human Stain and House by the Lake.
· Dominique Fishback, currently playing Darlene in HBO’s The Deuce. THR called her performance “sweetly vulnerable” and one of the ensemble’s standouts. She’ll star in indie drama Night Comes On, Jordana Spiro’s feature directorial debut, and co-star in Fox 2000’s anticipated adaptation of Black Lives Matter YA novel The Hate U Give.
· Kian Lawley, who also will co-star in The Hate U Give. The actor has risen from YouTube personality to the Teen Choice Awards’ Choice Movie Actor this year for his role in Open Road’s Before I Fall. He made his movie debut in 2015 horror thriller The Chosen, then co-starred with Bella Thorne in comedy Shovel Buddies a year later.
· Dylan Schmid, who plays Nick on Hulu’s Shut Eye, whose second season premieres in December. Before that, he’ll be seen in Netflix’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella 1922, which will be released on the platform Oct. 20. Schmid’s other credits include Once Upon a Time, Fringe, R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Bunks, Beyond, Step Dogs, Kid Cannabis, The Ferret Squad and Horns.
· Lola Flanery, who most recently played Reese Witherspoon’s daughter in Home Again. She’ll next recur on The CW’s The 100, following recurring roles this year on Mary Kills People, The Mist and Shadowhunters. The 12-year-old's credits also include 2016’s Lavender and 2017's indie Touched.
MLC PR has signed Elias Harger, who plays D.J. Tanner-Fuller’s middle son on Netflix’s Fuller House. He continues to be represented by Don Buchwald & Associates and Discover Management.
Music supervisor Kathy Nelson, a former president of music at Universal and Disney and senior vice president of soundtracks at MCA, has signed with The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.
Scream queen Brooke Lewis (iMurders, Sinatra Club, Polycarp), who most recently produced and starred in the award-winning short Psycho Therapy, has signed with Larry Corsa at The Corsa Agency. She continues to be represented by Bohemia Group and Katz Public Relations.
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