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10 Comics to Watch: Greg Poehler’s Standup Is Huge in ‘Sweden’

22 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

To (very) loosely paraphrase Shakespeare, some comedians are born great and some have greatness thrust upon them. By his own admission, Amy Poehler’s kid brother Greg falls squarely into the latter category.

“I got started in standup when a friend literally pushed me up on stage at a club in Stockholm and told the manager I was a famous U.S. comedian,” recalls the Boston native, who’d moved to Sweden in 2006 for love. “I had only an hour to prepare. But I was ready. I was always ready, just waiting for someone to give me a microphone.”

That first performance got posted on Facebook and landed Poehler an offer to open for Tom Arnold at a new club in San Diego. “I met Tom backstage, and he asked how long I had been doing standup. ‘Umm, 10 minutes?’”

See Also: Gallery: Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch

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- Iain Blair

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Jaden Smith’s ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Draws Breck Eisner to Direct

7 April 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has signed Breck Eisner to direct its sequel to “The Karate Kid,” its hit 2010 actioner starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

The rebooted “Kid” grossed $343 million worldwide with Harald Zwart directing. Jerry Weintraub, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz produced.

Eisner’s credits include “Sahara” and “The Crazies.” He’s also attached to Summit’s fantasy-actioner “The Last Witch Hunter,” starring Vin Diesel.

Eisner is repped by CAA and Management 360.

News was first reported on Deadline.com.

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Adam Kanter, Martin Spencer Join Paradigm

13 March 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After leaving the talent agency Resolution last week, veteran agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer have landed at Paradigm.

“Adam and Martin are excellent agents with outstanding clients, taste and relationships and we are excited to have them join Paradigm,” said Sam Gores, Chairman and CEO of Paradigm. “Their familiarity and cohesive working relationships with many of our agents will allow them to be productive from day one, in both film and television.”

Kanter and Spencer had been with Resolution for almost a year and prior to that had been with CAA for more than two decades. It is unknown at this time which clients will be following them to Paradigm.

“We are excited to join the outstanding agents at Paradigm, some of whom we share a rich and successful history with,” said Kanter and Spencer in a joint statement. “We love the way the agency is growing and we »

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As Predicted Here, Resolution Agents Adam Kanter And Martin Spencer Land At Paradigm; Which Clients Will Come?

13 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

As Deadline reported last Friday, Paradigm has confirmed that agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer have joined the agency after their abrupt exits from Resolution. Word had raced last week that this was happening, as the two agents did not want to take paycuts from their low-seven-figure salaries. The two joined Jeff Berg last year shortly after he left ICM to launch Resolution, and those agents came from CAA. At Paradigm, they should feel right at home alongside former CAA cohorts Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz, Rand Holston and most recently Manny Nunez. Related: Resolution Agents Martin Spencer, Adam Kanter Exiting; Paradigm Next Stop? So now, the big question is which clients will join them in the move. Here are the ones I’m hearing are most likely to make the jump to Paradigm: Stuart Beattie, Stalingrad helmer Fedor Bondarchuk, Joe Johnston, Mark Steven Johnson, Malcolm Lee, Rob Minkoff, Evan and Shea Mirzai, »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Paradigm Signs Melanie Griffith

28 February 2014 11:19 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Melanie Griffith has followed her longtime agent Manny Nunez to Paradigm. She’s following the same path as her husband Antonio Banderas, who moved with Nunez a day after the agent became the latest CAAer to land at Paradigm, joining Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston. Griffith, whose credits span film, TV and theater, is currently working on the thriller Ithaca, the adaptation of William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy that Meg Ryan is directing and Tom Hanks is executive producing with his Playtone partner Gary GoetzmanSam Shepard and Ryan’s son Jack Quaid co-star. She is next up in the sci-fi film Autómata alongside Banderas and Dylan McDermott. Griffith has Oscar (for Working Girl), Golden Globe and Emmy nominations over a career she began as a model at 9 months old. She continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Paradigm Signs Melanie Griffith

28 February 2014 11:19 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Melanie Griffith has followed her longtime agent Manny Nunez to Paradigm. She’s following the same path as her husband Antonio Banderas, who moved with Nunez a day after the agent became the latest CAAer to land at Paradigm, joining Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston. Griffith, whose credits span film, TV and theater, is currently working on Ithaca, the adaptation of William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy that Meg Ryan is directing and Tom Hanks is executive producing with his Playtone partner Gary GoetzmanSam Shepard and Ryan’s son Jack Quaid co-star. She is next up in the sci-fi film Autómata alongside Banderas and Dylan McDermott. Griffith has Oscar (for Working Girl), Golden Globe and Emmy nominations over a career she began as a model at 9 months old. She continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Paradigm Hires Manny Nunez; At CAA He Spearheaded DreamWorks-Reliance Deal

21 January 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Emanuel “Manny” Nunez today joins Paradigm as an agent. He becomes the latest former CAA agent to join Paradigm, and will be reunited with Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston. Nunez will work out of the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters and become a key member of the Film Finance Group, also repping clients in talent and motion picture lit. Nunez spent two decades at CAA, repping clients and also co-founding the agency’ s Film Finance Group. He helped put together financing and distribution of hundreds of films, and is perhaps best known for spearheading the groundbreaking marriage between India-based Reliance and Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider’s DreamWorks after they left Paramount Pictures in 2008. Aside from clients that included Antonio Banderas, Nunez also repped high-net-worth financiers all over the world and kept those relationships after he left CAA two years ago and became Managing Director of management/advisory company NuCo Media Group. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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