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About a Teen
About a Boy star Ben Stockham, who played the titular character opposite Minnie Driver on the NBC sitcom, has signed with ICM Partners. Now 15, the actor will next be heard in DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. He previously was a series regular on NBC’s 1600 Penn and Fox’s Sons of Tucson, and his other credits include NCIS, Once Upon a Time, Rizzoli & Isles, CSI: NY and Criminal Minds. Stockham continues to be managed by The Green Room.
Another Rap Legend Biopic Someday?
Chuck D and longtime Public Enemy producer Gary G-Wiz have signed with First Artists Management, the agency that specializes in film and TV composers. Chuck D and G-Wiz’s feature credits include American Gangster, Do the Right Thing and Friday Night Lights.
Two New Female Lit Clients From Abroad
CAA has added two talented international women to its literary roster:
— British director Julie Anne Robinson, currently an executive producer on ABC’s The Catch. In addition to directing that show’s pilot, she also helmed the pilots for the network’s The Middle and Suburgatory. The two-time BAFTA nominee (for the series Via Blackpool and telepic Coming Down the Mountain) also directed Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Last Song. Robinson continues to be repped by agent Jess Sykes at the U.K.’s Independent Talent Group, managers David Miner and Tom Lassally at 3 Arts and attorney Warren Dern at Sloane Offer.
Fred Savage has signed with Caviar as a commercial director. He continues to be repped theatrically by WME. The Grinder alum, who has received four DGA nominations for his sitcom work, recently signed a multiyear overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. He was behind the camera for J.K. Simmons’ Farmers Insurance campaign, and also has helmed ads for California Milk, Honda, Charter Communications, FitBit, MasterCard, Verizon and Realtor.com. “Fred has proven his directorial expertise throughout the world of television, commercials and branded content,” Caviar’s Los Angeles executive producer Darren Foldes said in a statement. “Not to mention personality-wise, he’s just as positive and enthusiastic as you’d imagine.” Added Savage in a statement: “I have been a fan of the work coming out of Caviar for years, and I am thrilled to be teaming with their crew to explore new and exciting ways to tell stories, make people laugh and sell stuff.”
Under New Management
Kudos to Counsel
Thora Leiken has been promoted to vp, business and legal affairs at APA, where she has been since 2013. The Loyola Law graduate started her career in Paramount’s legal department before moving to UTA, where she co-founded its business affairs department in 1997. “Thora’s contributions over the past three years have played an important role in our deaily operations as we continue to expand our growth across all divisions,” APA president and CEO Jim Gosnell said in a statement. “She’s done an incredible job, is an extraordinary team player, and I’m very pleased to acknowledge her hard work with this well-deserved promotion.”
A pair of new signings at 42West:
— Mexican actor and singer Alfonso Herrera, a telenovela star who crossed over after saying adios to his Televisa contract by appearing in the Mexican political satire The Perfect Dictatorship. He has since recurred on Netflix’s Sense8, played Che Guevara in an episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History and is starring as one of the priests in Fox’s The Exorcist reboot. He will be repped by publicists Holly Shakoor Fleischer and Carrie Gordon.
— Stand-up comedian Gary Owen, whom Ebony once called “Black America’s Favorite White Comic.” His credits include Think Like a Man and its sequel, Ride Along and Tyler Perry’s TBS sitcom House of Payne. He will be handled by Marisa Martins, Chelsea Thomas and Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson.
Reps Are Aligning
America’s Got Talent finalist Drew Lynch has signed with Aligned Entertainment for management. The stand-up comedian with a stutter was a fan favorite and finished in second place on season 10 of the NBC competition. In May, he completed a four-episode arc on IFC’s Maron, and he’ll next work on the Fullscreen-produced comedy Cassandra French for DirecTV’s Audience Network Series. Lynch continues to be repped by agent Mark Scroggs at David Shapira & Associates.
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