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UTA’s Private Equity Move: A Battle for Scale With CAA and WME

Amid upheaval in Hollywood, as entertainment giants invest in their direct-to-streaming efforts, and as they try to find a balance between subscriptions, advertising, theatrical releases and other business models, the major talent agencies are scaling up, betting that the demand for content — and for top-shelf talent — will keep growing. And it’s all backed, […]

Brett Goldstein Signs With WME

Brett Goldstein, the Emmy-winning star and writer on Ted Lasso, has signed with WME. The signing with the Hollywood talent agency follows the actor, creator, writer and producer signing an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV. Goldstein is a series regular, writer and co-executive producer on Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso comedy. His performance as Roy […]

Director Daresha Kyi Signs With WME (Exclusive)

Emmy-winning director Daresha Kyi, who writes and produces film and TV in Spanish and English, has signed with WME. Kyi directed Mama Bears, a film about the impact of a support group for conservative, Christian mothers of LGBTQ children, that debuted in the documentary feature competition at SXSW this year. The doc will also play […]

Streamer Disguised Toast Signs With WME (Exclusive)

Streamer Jeremy Wang (Disguised Toast) has signed with WME for representation in all areas. The agency will work to expand Wang’s business across brand partnerships, nonscripted television, podcasts and events. Wang got his start streaming the digital collectible card game Hearthstone and has featured Teamfight Tactics, League of Legends and Among Us in his content. Wang […]

Kylian Mbappe Signs With WME Sports, Launches Production Banner (Exclusive)

International soccer star Kylian Mbappé has signed with WME Sports as he launches his own production banner, Zebra Valley. The star of Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 club and France’s national soccer team and his entertainment company will be represented by WME Sports, the sports representation arm of the Hollywood talent agency WME. Los Angeles-based Zebra […]

Elsa Majimbo Signs With IMG Models, WME (Exclusive)

Instagram star, comic, author, chess champion and model Elsa Majimbo has signed with IMG Models and WME. IMG Models will look to build Majimbo’s portfolio of work through global editorial coverage and fashion, beauty and lifestyle endorsements. And WME said it will amplify her voice, which in part comes through the megaphone of around 2.5 […]

‘Your Rich BFF’ Creator Vivian Tu Signs With WME

Vivian Tu, the financial content creator best known as @yourrichbff on TikTok and Instagram, has signed with WME. The creator has leveraged her past experience as a trader for J.P. Morgan and a sales partner for BuzzFeed into a new career offering financial literary advice to users on social media, branding herself as the internet’s […]

Chess Streamer Hikaru Nakamura Signs With WME (Exclusive)

Professional Chess player and streamer Hikaru (“GMHikaru”) Nakamura has been signed by WME for worldwide representation in all areas. The agency will expand Nakamura’s business across digital, literary, brand partnerships, non-scripted television, licensing and more. Nakamura has a large following on Twitch, where he has 1.4 million followers and is the number one Chess streamer […]

WME Hires Misha Vladimirskiy as Agent With Focus on Web3 Artists

WME has brought on Misha Vladimirskiy as an agent specializing in artists in both traditional and Web3 spaces. Vladimirskiy is the founder of the Filterless Co, a management agency that represents creators and artists working in Web3 and the fine arts. Past work has included partnerships with Levi’s, Uber, Vans and Converse, among others. At […]

Jordan Firstman Signs With WME, IMG Models (Exclusive)

Writer, director and actor Jordan Firstman has signed with IMG Models and WME, having come to the Hollywood talent agency from rival ICM. WME will build Firstman’s business across film, TV and all ancillary revenue streams, while IMG Models will focus on his work in fashion, whether through strategic editorial opportunities or nabbing global fashion, […]

Cannes: WME Independent Heads on Moving Film Sales and Financing In-House

Deborah McIntosh and Alex Walton are Croisette veterans, but this year marks their first Cannes Film Festival as the heads of WME Independent. WME Independent brought domestic and international film sales and financing consulting services back inside the agency after it was spun out from Endeavor Content. (WME parent Endeavor agreed to divest at least […]

Agency Dealmaking for Journalists Goes Into Overdrive

With the 2022 midterm elections kicking into gear, and what is sure to be a heated presidential election cycle just over the horizon, star journalists are in high demand. But while TV anchors and correspondents have seen their profiles (and compensation) rise for decades, the past few years in particular have turbocharged that shift. “News […]