Rep Sheet Roundup: 'The Red Line' Actor Vinny Chhibber Signs With Untitled
The Hollywood Reporter’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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is indeed an honor just to be Asian
Untitled has signed actor Vinny Chhibber, a series regular on CBS' new Ava DuVernay- and Greg Berlanti-produced limited series The Red Line. As a gay Muslim schoolteacher (whom THR critic Daniel Fienberg called one of his favorite characters), it's the biggest role to date for the rising actor, an Emory University and Stella Adler Conservatory grad who next will recur on the upcoming fourth season of TNT's Animal Kingdom. There, Chhibber will switch gears to play an arrogant billionaire used to getting what he wants.
CAA has signed financial reporter Selina Wang and already has closed a deal for her to serve as an anchor and reporter at Bloomberg's Beijing bureau. She previously covered the global tech industry, venture capital and cross-border investments for the company in San Francisco and has been a fill-in anchor for Bloomberg Technology and regular Bloomberg TV contributor. Wang also writes breaking news, features and investigative pieces for Bloomberg.com, BusinessWeek and the Bloomberg Terminal.
Promotions on Civic Center Drive
UTA has minted five new agents — Dru Bass in music, Bri Hildebrand in events and experiences, Aaron Millberg in endorsements and voiceover, Samantha Schoenberg in digital talent and Stephen Travierso in talent. The agency also promoted 21 assistants to coordinator in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. "We're thrilled to announce the promotion of this group of colleagues who exemplify UTA's commitment to outstanding work, innovative thinking and a collaborative spirit," UTA co-president David Kramer said in a statement. "They will continue to be instrumental in advocating for artists and accelerating both the agency's growth and future successes."
UTA also has signed design and visual effects studio Aaron Sims Creative in all areas. The studio has worked on such projects as Stranger Things, Ready Player One, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. "We are thrilled to be partnering with UTA in this pivotal next step of our studio's growth," ASC founder Aaron Sims said in a statement. "They have been essential in expanding our reach and access to the most exciting projects in the industry."
Others on the dotted line
Status PR has signed young actor Keith L. Williams, who stars alongside Jacob Tremblay in the Seth Rogen-produced Good Boys, which premiered at SXSW and will be released by Universal on Aug. 16. In THR's review, critic John DeFore praised Williams, whom he credited with the movie's "most engaging performance," as "sitting on a powder keg of comic potential."
Pantheon has signed Australian actor Liam Graham, whose most recent credits include starring in local thriller Burning Kiss and drama series The Heights. In 2015 he was nominated for best actor at the West Australian Screen Awards for Greenfield. He continues to be represented by Moore Creative Artists in Australia and Karli Doumanis Management.
Full-service production and post studio Element has signed director Tom Foley for U.S. commercial representation. He previously was at Independent Media.
Production company Saville Productions has signed director Julien Zenier for his first U.S. commercial and branded entertainment representation.
Elsewhere in Rep World: