January 29, 2013 |
Veteran Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg has launched a talent and literary agency dubbed Resolution, with backing from an Arizona private investment firm. Berg, who served for nearly three decades as chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, will be chairman of the new agency. He will be joined by Jeff Franklin, a film and television producer and music agent, who will serve as chief operating officer. Franklin and his former agency, ATI, represented such artists as Neil Young, AC/DC, Marvin Gaye, Ozzy Osbourne and the Beach Boys.
November 12, 2001 |
The outcome of a low-profile court case between an up-and-coming actor and his former manager could send a huge jolt through the working class of Hollywood, where managers are already antsy over a new push to criminalize much of what they do. At issue is whether the state should further limit the role that Hollywood managers play in finding jobs for their actor clients. California has the nation's most stringent constraints on managers in the form of the Talent Agencies Act, legal experts say.
February 16, 1997 |
In a roomful of egos, Democrat Kevin Murray of Los Angeles can still create his own kind of sizzle on the floor of the California Assembly, even as the oratory ends and the mood turns social. Tall, broad-shouldered, the drape of his stylish suit just right, he moves through the chamber with a big-city confidence that exudes more kissy-face Hollywood--where he once worked as a talent agent--than backslapping Sacramento.
February 25, 2002 |
Negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild this weekend reached a tentative agreement with the Assn. of Talent Agents that would allow agencies to make and receive investments in companies involved in production, sources said Sunday. The proposed three-year contract would significantly change the ground rules of Hollywood that have been in operation since 1939--the same year "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz" hit the silver screen.
April 22, 2013 |
In the annals of Hollywood disorderly conduct, Reese Witherspoon's arrest Friday in Atlanta doesn't come near the anti-Semitic abuse that Mel Gibson showered on law enforcement when he was stopped for driving under the influence in 2006. Still, Witherspoon's protestations when her husband, talent agent James Toth, was pulled over for erratic driving and was performing a field sobriety test confirms some of the worst stereotypes about people of privilege. Don't Toth and Witherspoon know that in the U.S. in 2010 (the last year for which data is available)
March 5, 2013 |
Jeff Berg isn't the first veteran talent agent to start over. For one, his onetime arch nemesis, former Creative Artists Agency honcho Michael Ovitz, did it years ago. But at age 65, Berg, the former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, is one of the first to launch a new agency in the current Hollywood landscape, which has been buffeted by shifting sands and an overall retrenchment in an economically challenged entertainment...
June 18, 1989 |
There is a house in Brentwood that its owners can't give away. The Spanish-style home is owned by Debra and David Tenzer, a young couple who want a larger house but who don't want to move. They want to build a new home on the lot, not remodel the existing one. "And it occurred to us that we might try to donate the house to a nonprofit organization to use elsewhere," Debra Tenzer said, "because there are so many people with no place to live, so many people with no place to die."
June 7, 2002 |
With his oversized black-rimmed glasses, elegant dark suits and pristine white shirts, the late Lew Wasserman came to personify Hollywood power. Along the way, his look became an archetype for legions of talent agents today. As the former chairman and chief executive of the Music Corp. of America, Wasserman, who died Monday, not only created a way of doing business but also inspired the unofficial dress code that governs the way Hollywood agents look today.
October 15, 1986 |
Were you turned away at the last cattle call? Does being an extra make you feel ordinary? Have you had a script returned with a note that said, "Don't give up your day job?" Did you hire a limo to take you to an audition and your driver got the part? Rejection. They ought to put the word up on the hill in place of the Hollywood sign. Same number of letters and it's more accurate. If rejection left physical scars, the only role anyone here could play is Quasimodo.
February 15, 2002 |
Hollywood agent John Lesher, who represents such clients as directors Sydney Pollack, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Kimberly Peirce and Jessie Nelson and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, has left United Talent Agency to become a partner at rival agency Endeavor. UTA agreed to settle Lesher's contract, which still had 14 months to go. At this point, it is unclear which of Lesher's clients will follow him. Lesher will be one of 10 partners at Endeavor. Lesher worked at UTA since 1991.