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Finding the funny
UTA has signed actress Heléne Yorke, who stars as one-half of the titular duo in The Other Two, premiering Jan. 24 on Comedy Central. The series, from Lorne Michaels and former Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, sees Yorke and Drew Tarver star as the older, far less successful siblings to a Justin Bieber-like teen pop sensation (Case Walker).
Yorke has spent the past two seasons recurring on CBS All Access’ The Good Fight as assistant state attorney Amy Breslin, the girlfriend of Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie). She also has starred opposite Nick Nolte as former First Daughter Olivia Graves on Epix’s Graves and recurred as Jane Martin on Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Yorke’s other television credits include Fox’s Family Guy, ABC’s Quantico, HBO’s High Maintenance, CBS’ Person of Interest, Fox’s American Dad!, Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and Comedy Central’s Robot Chicken. She also played Seth Rogen’s sister-in-law in the 2015 Christmas comedy The Night Before.
The Canada native, who graduated from Michigan with a musical theater degree, has an extensive stage career, making her Broadway debut in 2008 in Grease and going on to originate the roles of Olive Neal in Bullets Over Broadway and Evelyn Williams in American Psycho. She most recently starred last year in the Encores! revival of Grand Hotel as the aspiring entertainer Flaemmchen, whose rendition of “Girl in the Mirror” was praised by THR critic Frank Scheck.
Others on the dotted line
Voiceover management company ACM Talent has hired veteran agent Robyn Starr, who is coming from a nearly two-decade tenure at Buchwald. She began her career at Abrams. “We set out to create the most integrated and diverse VO talent representation company,” ACM co-founder Marc Guss, who formerly ran William Morris’ voiceover and radio broadcast departments in New York, said in a statement. “The voiceover world has dramatically evolved over the recent years and we needed to as well, so when the opportunity arose to work with Robyn, it was a no-brainer. With Robyn’s commercial VO expertise we have now become as full-service as possible.” Added ACM co-founder Phil Sutfin, who formerly ran ICM’s voiceover unit in New York, “Robyn’s collaborations with voiceover performers, industry advertising creatives and casting directors are second to none. This is truly a game-changer, and we are thrilled to have Robyn with us.”
IMG College and fellow sports marketing firm Learfield have completed their merger, first signed in October 2017. The combined company is reportedly valued at more than $2 billion and now owns the multimedia rights to more than 200 schools, including 55 of the 65 schools in the five power conferences. Learfield-IMG College will be led by Learfield president and CEO Greg Brown, with Endeavor executive chair Patrick Whitesell and global COO Jason Lublin sitting on the board, alongside Michael Angelakis, chair and CEO of Learfield’s parent company, Atairos Group. The merger also will see IMG College president Tim Pernetti and executive vp sales and marketing Andrew Judelson transitioning back to parent company Endeavor in new positions.
Independent PR and branding firm PCPR, founded by Patrick Confrey, has signed Delaware-based Firefly Music Festival, billed as the East Coast’s largest music and camping festival. Travis Scott, Post Malone and Panic! at the Disco will headline this June’s edition of the annual festival, which recently was fully acquired by AEG Presents.
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