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Management Firm Magnolia Entertainment Hires UTA Agent, Ups Manager

The Beverly Hills-based company is poised for a big weekend with clients playing key roles in two films opening on Friday.

Management firm Magnolia Entertainment has hired UTA agent Stephanie Comer, who will become a manager at the Beverly Hills-based company. Magnolia also has promoted veteran manager Kimberlin Dalehite Belloni to partner.

The moves come at the start of a big weekend for Magnolia: the company represents both Rachel McAdams, who stars in the Sony/Screen Gems release The Vow, and Daniel Espinosa, who directed Universal's action thriller Safe House. Early box office returns suggest both films could generate $30 million or more in revenue this weekend.

Comer is leaving UTA after a more than seven-year run with the talent agency, during which she worked closely with Magnolia on several clients.

Belloni, who is married to THR news director Matthew Belloni, has worked alongside Magnolia president and CEO Shelley Browning for 15 years.

Magnolia's clients include actors Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Helena Bohnam Carter (The King's Speech) and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), as well as such writer-producers as Happy Endings creator David Caspe.

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