Reworking TalentWorks

Focus is on young adults, reality

Talent agency TalentWorks is heading in a new direction, with a revamped focus on its young-adult and adult divisions as well as on its emerging reality business.

In addition, the agency has booked client Brooke Nevin as the female lead in the Icon Prods. feature film "Infestation" and Robert Buckley in a recurring role on NBC's upcoming "Lipstick Jungle."

TalentWorks also has signed Rick Dees, morning host for Los Angeles' Movin' 93.9 FM, and Cody Kasch (ABC's "Desperate Housewives") as clients.

TalentWorks no longer will focus on the younger kids market but instead help develop and package reality and scripted projects for clients. In the reality arena, TalentWorks packaged Scott Baio in the upcoming VH1 series "Scott Baio Is 45 … and Single" and has placed several clients in unscripted shows, including Scott Hamilton (Fox's "Skating With Celebrities"), David Hasselhoff (NBC's "America's Got Talent"), Brett Butler (CBS' "Moochers"), Tracey Gold (TV Guide Network's "Trapped in TV Guide") and William Shatner (various projects).

"With more and more opportunities becoming available in the young-adult and adult areas, it was natural that we made this the core area of our business," said president and owner Harry Gold, who started the agency 25 years ago. "Our expansion into reality provides many natural synergies for all our clients, and we are passionate about developing this emerging area of our business."

Among the Los Angeles-based agents at TalentWorks are 17-year veteran Suzanne Wohl, who booked Nevin in "Infestation," an action-comedy directed by Kyle Rankin, and Buckley in "Jungle." Buckley will play a love interest to Kim Raver's character in the drama from Universal Media Studios.

Other agents include veteran Joel Dean (Peter Coyote, Peter Reigert, Mario Lopez, Hasselhoff), Marion Campbell (Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Alejandro, Jesse Garcia), Brandy Gold (Antwon Tanner, JD Pardo, Nicole Tom) and August Kammer (David Zayas, Ava Gaudet), who signed Kasch. TalentWorks also has offices in New York.

Earlier this year, agents Bonnie Liedtke, who headed the young-adult department at TalentWorks, and Thor Bradwell departed the agency; they now are part of WMA's young talent department.

Harry Gold, meanwhile, has repped such actors as Shatner, Ashanti, Farrah Fawcett, Martin Landau, Ray Walston, Rod Steiger, Roger Daltrey, Tracey Gold, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Leah Remini.

Gregg Goldstein in New York contributed to this report.