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March 4, 2014 | Daniel Miller
In what is being billed as the first investment by a Chinese firm in a Hollywood talent agency, Beijing-based Bison Capital Holdings has acquired a stake in Century City-based Resolution, the company announced Tuesday. Resolution, a talent and literary agency, is headed by Jeff Berg, the former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, who left that company in October 2012 after a bruising  power struggle.  Privately held investment firm Bison is headed by Peixin Xu, who also is an independent director of Bona Film Group Ltd., a China-based film distributor.
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March 4, 2014 | Daniel Miller
In what is being billed as the first investment by a Chinese firm in a Hollywood talent agency, Beijing-based Bison Capital Holdings has acquired a stake in Century City-based Resolution, the company announced Tuesday. Resolution, a talent and literary agency, is headed by Jeff Berg, the former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, who left that company in October 2012 after a bruising  power struggle.  Privately held investment firm Bison is headed by Peixin Xu, who also is an independent director of Bona Film Group Ltd., a China-based film distributor.
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May 23, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Just three weeks after shepherding the merger of two top Hollywood talent agencies, William Morris Agency Chairman Jim Wiatt is leaving -- a sign that Endeavor is firmly in control of the combined entity. Speculation focused Friday on whether Wiatt was pushed out by members of the new William Morris Endeavor Entertainment board.
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June 11, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Talent agency Creative Artists Agency was the subject of a derisive advertising blitz by rival William Morris Endeavor on Tuesday. Dozens of ads installed at the Westfield Century City mall featured the word "CAAN'T" in Creative Artists Agency's signature red-and-white color scheme. "CAAN'T," of course, is a playful nod to the CAA acronym.  Individuals with knowledge of the matter confirmed that WME was responsible for the advertisements, which were also plastered elsewhere in Los Angeles.
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October 18, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Creative Artists Agency and one of the top talent agencies in India, Kwan Entertainment & Marketing Solutions, have formed a joint venture to represent Bollywood talent, in a move that underscores the importance of the growing Asian market to the entertainment industry. The newly formed CAA Kwan will pursue opportunities for talent in film, television, music, commercial endorsements, sports consulting and other businesses. The company will be based in Mumbai, with offices in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
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October 3, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
As the television industry seeks to capture viewers on their mobile phones and tablet computers, ICM Partners talent agency has formed a partnership with a maker of applications for these second screens. ICM said it will work with Screenz to create multiple screen experiences to fuel interest in TV shows, spur conversations online -- and, with luck, drive ratings.  "We want to be active in helping to shape the industry that we're in," said Keyvan Peymani, ICM's head of digital strategy.  Screenz has developed games that viewers can play as they watch a show, applications that incorporate conversations taking place on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and augmented reality technology to extend the TV experience.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Hollywood talent agencies pride themselves on placing their star clients into the biggest movies and TV shows. Now, add YouTube to the list. William Morris Agency, one of the largest talent firms, is in talks for a deal that would funnel its clients -- both actors and consumer brands -- into videos created for the Internet giant.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2006 | Claire Hoffman
International Creative Management said it would launch a division devoted to promoting outside corporations using its contacts in entertainment. The 31-year-old Beverly Hills talent agency said its Global Branded Entertainment unit would link its clients in film, TV, music and publishing to companies eager to promote their businesses using Hollywood talent. Lori Sale, a former executive at Miramax Films and Weinstein Co., will head the division.
NEWS
January 11, 1996
Margaret "Maggi" Henderson, 77, president and partner of the Henderson/Hogan talent agency in New York and Los Angeles. With her partner of 29 years, Jerry Hogan, she was involved in the careers of actors Michael Learned, Tom Selleck, Cleavon Little and Robert Downey Jr., among others. A native of Trinidad, Colo., she grew up in San Diego and graduated from San Diego State and the Juilliard School of Music. She was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Assn. of Talent Agents in 1989.
NEWS
October 8, 1996
Helen Edwards MacAfee, 89, who developed one of the first employment agencies for artists and writers. MacAfee began her long and varied career as an advertising secretary in San Francisco. She got the idea for the first of her many small businesses while working for KHJ radio in Los Angeles. When she called personnel agencies searching for creative people, nobody knew what she meant. So on April 1, 1936, she opened Helen Edwards and Staff Agency, a talent agency.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
The numbers on United Talent Agency's new 130,000-square-foot Beverly Hills digs are notable. The Civic Center Drive property includes a 158-piece art collection, 11 conference rooms and a private plaza that can accommodate as many as 500 people. But the standout figure is 275. That's the number of screenings UTA has held at its new screening room since the company's new headquarters opened last September. The new theater was christened with a showing of longtime client Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," which was screened for the filmmaker's friends and family, along with UTA agents.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Specktor will appear at the Festival of Books on Sunday at noon on the panel "Fiction: Inside Hollywood" with Adam Braver, Alex Espinoza and Nina Revoyr. More information: latimes.com/festivalofbooks Matthew Specktor knows the offices of talent agency CAA - past and present - like his own backyard. That's because, as son of top agent Fred Specktor, they practically were. He ran around in the hallways; he worked in the mail room. And although that it set him down the not unexpected Hollywood producer path, what he really wanted to do was write.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
USC's Viterbi School of Engineering is launching an early-stage technology accelerator to help student and alumni entrepreneurs start their fledgling technology companies in the Los Angeles area. The newly created Viterbi Startup Garage is designed to foster an environment where start-ups could flourish in Southern California with financial resources and business expertise provided by the school and its partners, United Talent Agency and the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
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December 12, 2012 | By Scott Collins
How big are the stars of "Pawn Stars"? Big enough for Hollywood agents to fight over them. Los Angeles talent agency Venture IAB filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that it guided the careers of Rick Harrison and other workers at the Las Vegas pawn shop featured in the History reality hit. But Harrison, his father ("The Old Man"), his son ("Big Hoss") and staffer Austin Russell ("Chumlee") were later poached by a bigger firm, United Talent Agency. Venture claims that it lost millions of dollars in commission as a result after "Pawn Stars" became one of cable TV's biggest hits.
SPORTS
November 21, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Olympic figure-skating gold medalist Oksana Baiul is suing the William Morris Agency, saying it cheated her of earnings by taking advantage of her when she was a minor and did not understand English.      The talent agency signed Baiul, who was born and raised in Ukraine, when she was 16, but she said in her suit Tuesday that when she signed the contract she could not read or speak English. Baiul won the Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating in 1994. Baiul, 35, claimed that William Morris failed to account for $150,000 from a line of jewelry, a $100,000 advance and royalties for greeting cards and stationery, and earnings from TV specials, books, an infomercial, and other film and television contracts.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Creative Artists Agency and one of the top talent agencies in India, Kwan Entertainment & Marketing Solutions, have formed a joint venture to represent Bollywood talent, in a move that underscores the importance of the growing Asian market to the entertainment industry. The newly formed CAA Kwan will pursue opportunities for talent in film, television, music, commercial endorsements, sports consulting and other businesses. The company will be based in Mumbai, with offices in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2004 | From Reuters
Buyout firm Forstmann Little & Co. said it would buy International Management Group, a leading talent agency that represents major sports and entertainment stars, ending speculation about the agency's direction after the death of its founder last year. Sources close to the agreement put IMG's sale price at about $750 million in cash. Cleveland-based IMG's clients include sports stars Jennifer Capriati and Vijay Singh and broader entities such as the International Olympic Committee and Wimbledon.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state court of appeal this week unsealed some records in a 4-year-old case brought by a West Hollywood talent agency that alleges Walt Disney Co. cheated it out of more than $2 million in commissions from the popular ABC sitcom "Home Improvement." The case has been sealed since 1998, when Disney attorneys successfully argued that details of negotiations with its ABC Television division were "highly confidential and proprietary information."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Actor Tommy Lee Jones is appealing a ruling by California's labor commissioner in a dispute that accuses his former agency of failing to adequately represent him in negotiations for his role in the Oscar-winning film "No Country for Old Men. " Jones accused William Morris Endeavor and his former agent, Jim Wiatt, of failing to communicate that the studio, Paramount Pictures Corp., was willing to pay $1 million in upfront fees for the actor to...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
As the television industry seeks to capture viewers on their mobile phones and tablet computers, ICM Partners talent agency has formed a partnership with a maker of applications for these second screens. ICM said it will work with Screenz to create multiple screen experiences to fuel interest in TV shows, spur conversations online -- and, with luck, drive ratings.  "We want to be active in helping to shape the industry that we're in," said Keyvan Peymani, ICM's head of digital strategy.  Screenz has developed games that viewers can play as they watch a show, applications that incorporate conversations taking place on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and augmented reality technology to extend the TV experience.
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