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The Chi’s Tiffany Boone has signed with ICM Partners. The alum of The Following plays Jerrika, the girlfriend of Jason Mitchell’s character, in Lena Waithe’s new Showtime drama. Her films include Beautiful Creatures and Detention and her TV credits include Southland, Grey’s Anatomy, Perception, Once Upon a Time and Complications. Boone continues to be represented by LINK and Stone Genow.
ICM also has signed:
· Dougray Scott — the Mission: Impossible II alum recently starred alongside Rupert Grint in Crackle’s Snatch series adaptation and filmed a new British television adaptation of The Woman in White.
· Comedian Jess Hilarious, who has appeared on seasons nine and 10 of MTV’s Wild ‘N Out. The social media-savvy standup (2.8 million Instagram followers) continues to be managed by Gary Abdo.
The British are signing
Shelter PR has signed:
· Ella Purnell, who will star in Starz’s upcoming Sweetbitter adaptation.
The name is fun to say out loud
Schitt’s Creek co-creator Dan Levy has left CAA for WME. The Netflix/CBC comedy series, now in its fourth season, stars Levy alongside his father and co-creator, Eugene Levy, as well as Catherine O’Hara and Chris Elliott.
WME also has signed Martin Desmond Roe, executive producer of Facebook Watch’s Tom Brady docuseries Tom vs. Time. The co-founder of production company Dirty Robber also is exec producing DirecTV’s Religion of Sports and Go90’s Why We Fight and is partnering with LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment on a Showtime series about the NBA draft. Roe co-wrote the Oscar-nominated live-action short Buzkashi Boys and directed Nike’s documentary feature Breaking2, which aired on National Geographic last fall. He also helmed spots for Nike’s “Unlimited” campaign during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Endeavor Global Marketing, the cultural marketing division of WME’s parent company Endeavor, has acquired branding agency 160over90 from private equity firm Searchlight Capital Partners. The Philadelphia-based firm’s portfolio of brands includes Ferrari, NFL teams the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles, Texas A&M University, the University of Virginia, UCLA and Under Armour. 160over90’s 180 employees will join Endeavor Global Marketing’s team of 500-plus, and its CEO and principal John Campanella will report to Endeavor Global Marketing executive vp Ed Horne.
King of the Jungle
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s Ser’Darius Blain has signed with Katz PR. He can currently be seen as the real-world version of Kevin Hart’s character in the Sony blockbuster, which has topped the box office for three straight weeks and earned $682 million worldwide. Next up are war drama The Last Full Measure, where he’ll play the younger version of Samuel L. Jackson’s character, and Bolden, a biopic of the New Orleans jazz cornetist. Blain continues to be represented by Paradigm and Grandview.
Nashville-based country music agent Jake Kennedy has moved from CAA to UTA. Over his 10 years in Music City, he has worked with artists including Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Walker County, Michael Tyler, Colin Hay, Steve Holy and Jason Michael Carroll. “We’re excited to have Jake join our team in Nashville,” UTA global head of music David Zedeck said in a statement. “Jake’s experience working with developing and superstar artists makes him a great addition to UTA.”
UTA also has signed YouTuber Jay Versace, 19. The former Viner has 5 million social media followers and previously starred in Fullscreen’s Jay Versace Is Stuck in the 90s, where he time travels to the ancient 1990s and must rely on the decade’s antiquated technology to find his way home. The 2016 BET Soul Train Award winner for “Internet Sensation” is now teaming with digital studio Portal A to develop series My Wizard & Me. Versace continues to be represented by Stephanie Piza at Flip Management and Jessica Marlow at Weintraub Tobin.
New reps, new gig
The Tiger Hunter’s Anand Desai-Barochia has signed with manager Sherry Kayne of The Green Room. He also has been cast in Syfy’s upcoming fantasy series The Outpost, from Arrowstorm Entertainment, Dean Devlin and Stargate SG-1 showrunner Jonathan Glassner.
The Abrams Artists Agency has promoted coordinator Rob Cassandro to agent. He began in 2014 as an assistant in the youth theatrical department in New York and moved to Los Angeles a year later to work in the adult theatrical department.
Media law firm Cowan DeBaets has named Simon N. Pulman to partner. The Duke alum and Vanderbilt Law grad is a transactional attorney who focuses on TV, film and interactive entertainment, including representing digital influencers and eSports teams. He also serves as outside business affairs for many TV studios and production companies.
Also on the dotted line
DDA Talent has signed:
· Cinematographer Jay Keitel (Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience)
· Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, a cinematographer on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood and camera operator on Iron Man 2
· Eric Ulbrich, cinematographer on Diplo: Get It Right
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