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In like Barnett
CAA has CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett in all areas. The D.C.-based journalist contributes to all broadcasts and also serves as a regular fill-in anchor for CBSN and CBS Weekend News. He was previously an anchor and correspondent for CNN and CNN International, logging time in the Atlanta, London, Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg bureaus. Highlights of Barnett’s coverage include U.S. presidential races, the Brexit vote, Barack Obama’s final presidential overseas trip, the Ferguson protests, Nelson Mandela’s death and the Sept. 11 attacks. He began his career as an anchor and reporter at Channel One News.
Gersh has signed filmmaker Christine Crokos, whose feature directorial debut, Pimp, was released in theaters by Vertical Entertainment on Nov. 9 and will be available on demand Nov. 23. Crokos wrote and directed the Lee Daniels-executive produced movie, which stars Keke Palmer as Wen, the titular pimp whose fortune changes after her girlfriend Nikki (Haley Ramm) hits the streets. When Wen comes face to face with another pimp (Edi Gathegi), who plays a much more dangerous game, her dreams of ever escaping the life are put at risk. In THR‘s review, Frank Scheck praised Crokos for offering “an impressively compelling depiction of its gritty milieu as well as a moving portrait of the tender, loving relationship between Wen and Nikki.”
Attention noobs: gg means “good game”
Marketing communications firm B/HI has launched full-service esports division GG. Operating as a stand-alone unit under B/HI’s interactive gaming practice, GG will represent game publishers and their esports interests and build on the company’s existing roster of clients in the sector, which includes professional franchises Echo Fox and Immortals and organization Super League Gaming.
“The growth of esports from a communications perspective has reached a real inflection point as the industry further realigns itself and the franchises mature as organizations and brands of all types explore their opportunities,” B/HI managing partner and GG strategic lead Jerry Griffin said in a statement. “We felt this was the right time to centralize our capabilities, and those of some key partners, around an entity that will feel authentic to esports rather than simply an extension of our core gaming practice.”
Griffin will drive day-to-day operations and report to B/HI founding partner and president Dean Bender. In addition to providing core PR execution, the bicoastal GG will partner with entities that offer clients talent management, IP creation and corporate citizenship services, launching with an alliance with nonprofit Games for Change.
“It’s never too early for a nascent market to explore the ideas of corporate citizenship and social good,” G4C president Susanna Pollack said in a statement. “We’re excited about this alliance with B/HI and GG, if only because it can open up new conversations earlier than it might if esports organizations and Games for Change simply discovered each other on their own.”
Others on the dotted line
Rogers and Cowan has signed Henry Cavill. He continues to be represented by WME and The Garcia Company.
Kovert Creative has signed British personality Amanda de Cadenet, who runs digital media company Girlgaze and recently released the paperback edition of her book It’s Messy. She also is developing a newsmagazine pilot at Showtime.
Abrams has signed hip-hop dancer, choreographer and instructor Matt Steffanina, who won the 2018 Streamy Dance award and also the digital star-only 28th season of The Amazing Race.
Management-production company Emagine Content has signed Katie Carpenter, who can be seen as Stacey on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House.
Management company Silverstone Entertainment has signed martial artist-turned-actor Paul Mormando, who most recently starred in this summer’s VOD actioner Bound by Debt.
Production company ArtClass Content has hired executive producer Kate Aspell to lead operations in its New York City office.
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