Rep Sheet Roundup: Paradigm Acquires Monterey International

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A reunion of sorts

Paradigm has acquired music agency Monterey International. The 23-year-old firm is the remainder of the former Monterey Peninsula Artists, which Paradigm acquired in 2004.

Monterey International represents more than 190 artists, including Van Morrison, Los Lobos, Roger Daltrey, Jonny Lang, Joss Stone, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Whitesnake and Mavis Staples.

“We are very passionate about the jobs we do and the artists we represent and have been for decades,” Monterey International partners Garry Buck, Paul Goldman and Ron Kaplan said in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to join the talented team at Paradigm and be able to provide the wide range of services to offer our agents and clients under their remarkable banner.”

Monterey International has 14 agents across offices in Chicago and Carmel, Calif. While the Chicago office will remain put, the California-based staff will relocate to Paradigm’s office in nearby Monterey.

“We’ve been proud of and have had enormous success from our association with the former Monterey Peninsula Artists,” Paradigm chairman and CEO Sam Gores said in a statement. “We’re very pleased that all of the Monterey International agents will be joining us.”

Good publicity

Jill Fritzo PR has signed:

·      Vice Principals’ Kimberly Hebert Gregory, who will star opposite Jason Ritter on ABC’s upcoming angelic dramedy Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. She replaces Cristela Alonzo, who was in the pilot, then known as The Gospel of Kevin. Gregory will still be seen this fall in the second and final season of Vice Principals, playing the principal antagonist to Danny McBride and Walton Goggins in the HBO comedy.

·      Austin Abrams, who stars as Ben Stiller’s college-bound son in Mike White’s Brad’s Status, which Annapurna and Amazon Studios will release Sept. 15. The Paper Towns alum recently wrapped on indie drama Puzzle.

·      Ripley Sobo, who will be seen this year in Netflix’s The Punisher and indie drama Three Christs, which star Richard Gere as a doctor treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients. The young actress, who starred in Matilda the Musical on Broadway, played Steve Jobs’ daughter as a child in Danny Boyle’s biopic.

·      Kobi Frumer, who will play Sobo’s sibling in Netflix’s The Punisher. The young actor’s voice work includes Nick Jr.’s Nella the Princess Knight and Sprout’s The Ollie & Moon Show.

WK-PR has signed:

·      Actress Hong Chau, who will play Matt Damon’s love interest in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing. Since making her feature film debut in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, she was a series regular in NBC’s short-lived romantic comedy A to Z and played one of the local moms in HBO’s Big Little Lies.

A new start?

Former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry has left CAA for UTA. The on-air talent made headlines in 2015 for a viral video in which she argued with a parking garage attendant. ESPN suspended her for the incident, and this spring she was part of the sports network’s widespread layoffs.

Elsewhere in Rep World:

WME-IMG Takes on Another $1.1 Billion in Outside Money

‘This Is Us’ Star Susan Kelechi Watson Signs With UTA

UTA to Close Its Toronto Office

Lit Manager Nate Matteson Joins Grandview

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