Rep Sheet Roundup: 'This Is Us' EP Ken Olin Signs With WME

Ron Batzdorff

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

Still Thirtysomething

This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin has signed with WME. The television veteran, who also has helmed a few episodes of the NBC breakout drama, previously served as EP for shows including Sleepy Hollow, Brothers & Sisters and Alias. He continues to be represented by Jackoway Tyerman.

WME also has added Groundswell Productions vp Hilary Zaitz Michael as an agent in literary packaging. At Groundwell, Michael oversaw series including Hulu’s Chance, Syfy’s The Magicians and Showtime’s upcoming SMILF, and worked to set up adaptations of Maggie Stiefvater’s fantasy series Raven Cycle (at Universal Cable Productions/Syfy) and Jade Chang’s comic novel The Wangs vs. the World (at Hulu). Michael previously worked in development at Alan Ball’s banner, Your Face Goes Here. In a past career, Michael worked as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley before transitioning to entertainment at Anonymous Content. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Cornell and an MFA from UCLA.

Called up to Triple A league

Abrams Artists Agency has made the following personnel moves:

·      Todd Eisner has been hired as a senior agent in talent. During the past five years at Innovative, he represented actors including Coby Bell (Burn Notice), Greg Germann (Ally McBeal), Katie Leclerc (Switched at Birth), Jessica Lu (Awkward), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), Burt Reynolds, Marla Sokoloff (Fuller House) and Riley Voelkel (The Originals).

·      Talent House LA president Matt Gogal is joining Abrams as an agent in talent, bringing clients including Ian Verdun (Lucifer), Jason Dirden (Greenleaf) and Markice Moore (Snowfall).

·      Katie Gamelli has been promoted to theatrical literary agent. She joined the agency as an assistant more than four years ago and has crafted a roster that includes playwright Daniel Alexander Jones (Black Light), Musical Theatre Factory artistic director Shakina Nayfack, Whiting Award winner Clarence Coo and songwriter Grace McLean.

Said Abrams chairman Harry Abrams in a statement, “The agency’s growth on both coasts has been outstanding, and the addition of Todd and Matt to our talent team in Los Angeles and Katie’s promotion in New York will only continue our ability to serve our clients well.”

More Call-ups

UTA has promoted:

·      Neil Bajaj, to talent agent

·      Steven Bombino, to talent agent

·      Jenna Gates, to talent agent

·      Jed Baker, to TV literary coordinator

·      Houston Costa, to talent coordinator

·      Addison Duffy, to books coordinator

·      John McGrath, to Independent Film Group coordinator

·      Samantha Schoenberg, to digital media coordinator

Elsewhere in Rep World:

Katie Couric Departing Yahoo, Signs With WME

Verve Launches First In-House Communications Post

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