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Paradigm Hires Mia Ammer as Corporate Communications Exec (Exclusive)

Paradigm Talent Agency has hired veteran PR executive Mia Ammer as vice president of media strategy and corporate communications.

Ammer will oversee the agency’s advertising, publicity, and promotional efforts across all divisions. She will be based out of the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters and will report to Paradigm’s Office of the Chairman.

Paradigm’s longtime public relations chief Brad Turell left his post as Paradigm’s executive vice president of corporate communications in July to launch a media consulting company. Turell had worked at Paradigm since 2007.

In making the announcement, Chairman and CEO Sam Gores said, “As Paradigm continues to grow and diversify, we saw the need to bring on a seasoned and well respected communications professional. Mia had unique experience that spans strategic marketing, corporate communications, and campaign publicity. She is a strategic thinker with keen instincts and great media contacts, and is a fantastic addition to the team.
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Brad Turell Out at Paradigm

Brad Turell will no longer be executive vice president of corporate communications at Paradigm Talent Agency. There since 2007, Turell plans to launch a media consulting company effective Sept. 1, TheWrap has learned. “I thank everyone at Paradigm for a great decade and look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” Turell said in a statement Monday. Also Read: Ava DuVernay Jumps to CAA From Paradigm “We thank Brad for the contribution he made to our growth and wish him the best going forward,” said Paradigm chairman Sam Gores. Before Paradigm, Turell worked for 12 years at the WB network and.
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‘Furious 7′ Director James Wan Honored at Paradigm Bash

‘Furious 7′ Director James Wan Honored at Paradigm Bash
The top tier of studio execs — plus Vin Diesel– showed up in force Thursday night to fete “Furious 7″ director James Wan on the eve of the blockbuster becoming the fastest film to top $1 billion in worldwide box office.

Paradigm Chairman and CEO Sam Gores hosted the bash at his home in Beverly Hills. Attendees included Warner Bros. topper Kevin Tsujihara, New Line’s Toby Emmerich, Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman and Sony Pictures’ Doug Belgrad; Neal Moritz, who’s produced all seven “Fast and Furious” films; and heavyweight producers Charles Roven, Mark Burg, Dan Lin, Mark Canton, Peter Safran, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

Wan spoke briefly, singling out his longtime agent by saying, “Scott Henderson is the man.”

Prior to “Furious 7,” Wan co-created the “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises along with directing the surprise hit “The Conjuring.” Next up –he’s producing “Insidious 3″ and returning to direct “The Conjuring
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Paradigm Chairman Hosts Bash for 'Furious 7' Director as Film Crosses $1 Billion

Paradigm Chairman Hosts Bash for 'Furious 7' Director as Film Crosses $1 Billion
Crossing the $1 billion mark is cause for celebration. On Thursday, Furious 7 director James Wan got a swanky bash in his honor as the film became the fastest to reach $1 billion at the box office, just 17 days after its release. Paradigm Chairman Sam Gores hosted the event at his Beverly Hills home, where Vin Diesel toasted the director alongside Universals' Jeff Kirschenbaum and Jay Polidoro and Furious 7 producers Neal Moritz, Amanda Lewis and Samantha Vincent. A number of industry leaders were onhand as well, including  Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, New Line head Toby Emmerich,

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Adam Kanter, Martin Spencer Join Paradigm

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?

  • Deadline
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,
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Adam Kanter, Martin Spencer Join Paradigm; Clients to Follow From Resolution

  • The Wrap
Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer have joined Paradigm, effective immediately. The duo recently left Jeff Berg's agency Resolution after previously working together at CAA, as TheWrap first reported. An individual familiar with their exit told TheWrap that Kanter and Spencer were asked to renegotiate their contracts and they refused. Also read: Talent Agents Adam Kanter, Martin Spencer Exit Resolution (Exclusive) “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.
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Top Hollywood Agent -- Dumping Important Client ... His Wife!

  • TMZ
It's an actor's nightmare ... being dumped by your agent. Powerful Hollywood talent agent Sam Gores is in the process of splitting from his client -- and wife -- ex-soap actress Jensen Buchanan ... according to legal docs obtained by TMZ. Gores -- who's chairman of the Paradigm Talent Agency -- filed for a legal separation from Buchanan ... they've been married since 2003. Professionally, Buchanan is represented by Gores' agency, Paradigm ... although she's handled by another agent at the firm.
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Emmy Weekend: Friday Night Festivities

The Emmy Gran Prix got off with a roar on Friday evening as bizzers zig-zagged around West L.A., Beverly Hills and environs to attend a multitude of fetes celebrating this year’s nominees.

United Talent Agency‘s bash at the Brentwood home of managing director Jay Sures was a first stop for many, thanks in part to its 7:30 p.m. start time. The home’s spacious sunken backyard was lit up with glowing orbs and glittery people.

From the we-think-of-everything department, partygoers were offered a literal hand down the stairs by ushers posted at the top of the stairs, just in case they proved tricky to navigate for those in stiletto heels and such.

Warner Bros.’ CEO Kevin Tsujihara was among the studio heavyweights making the rounds. NBC’s Bob Greenblatt took in a lot of congratulations for the contract extension (through 2017) that had been announced a few hours earlier.
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ICM Partners Talent Agent Iris Grossman Moves To Paradigm

Veteran talent agent Iris Grossman has left ICM Partners to join Paradigm as an agent in the talent department. It is unclear which of Grossman’s clients will follow her to Paradigm. Her client list includes Modern Family star Ed O’Neill and Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin. Grossman was a long-time talent agent at ICM and previously served as Svp of Talent and Casting for TNT. “Iris Grossman is someone we have known and respected for many years,” said Paradigm chairman Sam Gores. “We worked very closely together when she was a network executive at TNT, that experience gives her a unique set of skills which her clients are the beneficiaries of and we are very pleased to have her join us.” Grossman’s future at ICM had been uncertain. She was among the veteran agents who did not get offered partnership during last year’s management buyout. “The agency wishes her the best,
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The State of the Agency Biz

Ask any agent at any shop, boutique or behemoth about the state of the tenpercentery biz, and he or she will earnestly testify: “It’s all about the clients.” Of course, that’s been true for Hollywood talent reps since the days of Myron Selznick, Charles Feldman and Abe Lastfogel. But in the past five years, the role of the agent, and the business of running a sizable agency, has been buffeted by monumental changes, spurred by seismic shifts in the broader entertainment landscape.

Top agents are on the front lines, figuring out how to make money off cell-phone screens and the like. It’s an alien landscape that’s calling for them to see around corners in ways that are vexing even the industry’s sharpest CEOs.

The emergence of Wme as a superpower to challenge the hegemony of CAA has altered the talent representation playing field for everyone — agents,
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‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Scribe Ted Tally Follows Agent Robert Bookman To Paradigm

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Ted Tally, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Silence Of The Lambs, has followed his longtime agent Robert Bookman to Paradigm. Bookman left CAA to go to work for Sam Gores’s agency a month ago, and Tally becomes the first big Bookie client to make the move. Bookman has been among a number of well established CAA agents who’ve recently moved on to other agencies, and the question is always whether their star clients will follow suit. Bookman had close relationships at CAA with the likes of Cameron Crowe, Paul Greengrass, Jim Sheridan, Martin McDonagh, John Hillcoat and Martin Campbell. No word yet on other talent, but landing Tally is a coup for Paradigm. His other credits include Red Dragon, Before And After, The Juror and All The Pretty Horses. He won the National Review Award for scripting that Cormac McCarthy adaptation. As playwright, Tally won an Obie
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Longtime CAA Agent Robert Bookman Moving To Paradigm

  • Deadline
Update: Paradigm has just confirmed Deadline’s scoop about Robert Bookman joining the agency from CAA. They’ve issued a release (below original story) and the internal memo that Sam Gores sent to his staff. Exclusive: There has been a lot of agents moving around lately, but get ready for a shocker: longtime CAA agent Robert Bookman has just given notice that he’s joining Sam Gores’s Paradigm. Bookman, who becomes a senior agent in Paradigm’s Motion Picture and Television departments starting Monday, has been a stalwart agent for CAA for more than 20 years, brokering some of the biggest buck book to movie deals ever as the co-agent for such authors as Michael Crichton and Thomas Harris. Bookie, as he is known around Hollywood, is a classy guy with good taste whose potential exit has been in the wind before. When he was not made partner, it had
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Ken Stovitz Exits Overbrook for Paradigm

Ken Stovitz has left Will Smith’s Sony-based production company for a senior role at Paradigm. Stovitz, a veteran of CAA, will start at Paradigm’s Beverly Hills office March 4 as senior agent. He’ll also sit on the agency’s management committee, which oversees its day-to-day operations. “Ken Stovitz is an invaluable addition to our senior management team,” Sam Gores, Paradigm’s CEO, said in a statement. “He is a savvy executive, has incredible taste, an excellent reputation and we share a vision for the agency’s future, which he will be a key architect in building.” During Stovitz’s tenure at Overbrook Entertainment, where he was a co-partner, the company produced seven films including “The Karate Kid,” “Seven Pounds,” “Hancock,” and the soon-to-be released “After Earth,” according to a release. The company also produced the TNT series “Hawthorne” and is developing a talk show for Queen Latifah. It
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Ken Stovitz Leaving Overbrook Entertainment for Paradigm

Ken Stovitz will report to Paradigm as a senior agent and member of its management committee, which oversees the agency's daily operations, beginning March 4, it was announced Wednesday. "Ken Stovitz is an invaluable addition to our senior management team," said Paradigm chair and CEO Sam Gores in a statement. "He is a savvy executive, has incredible taste, an excellent reputation, and we share a vision for the agency's future, which he will be a key architect in building." Stovitz most recently was a partner at Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, where he executive produced the star's Seven Pounds and

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CAA Veteran Ken Stovitz Leaves Will Smith's Overbrook for Paradigm

  • The Wrap
Ken Stovitz, Will Smith's partner at Overbook Entertainment, has joined Paradigm as a senior agent and will join the agency's Management Committee. Stovitz spent 18 years at CAA before joining Overbook, where he ran the company alongside Smith, his wife,  Jada Pinkett Smith, and James Lassiter. Stovitz produced "The Karate Kid," a box office hit that starred Smith's son, Jaden, and Jackie Chan.  "Ken Stovitz is an invaluable addition to our senior management team," Paradigm Chairman and CEO Sam Gores said in a statement.  "He is a savvy executive, has incredible taste,
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Ex-caa Agent Ken Stovitz Moves From Overbrook To Paradigm

  • Deadline
Breaking: Ken Stovitz has joined Paradigm as a senior agent and will begin working in the agency’s Beverly Hills offices beginning this Monday, March 4. He walks in the door repping Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith, after working extensively with both at Overbrook Entertainment. Stovitz will join the Paradigm Management Committee, which oversees the agency’s day to day operations. There has been a lotta movement of clients and agencies lately, particularly with Jeff Berg’s launch of Resolution. For Paradigm, Stovitz is a good get, a seasoned agent who knows what he’s doing. “Ken Stovitz is an invaluable addition to our senior management team,” said Sam Gores, Chairman and CEO of Paradigm. “He is a savvy executive, has incredible taste, an excellent reputation and we share a vision for the agency’s future, which he will be a key architect in building.” “Sam is giving me the
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Paradigm Promotes Three Staffers

  • Backstage
Paradigm announced Tuesday that it has promoted three prospects from its agent trainee program. The agency, which is headquartered in Beverly Hills but has offices in New York, Monterey, and Nashville, promoted Erin Castellanos, Shawn Scallon, and Bradie Steinlauf to agents in the talent department, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Scallon and Steinlauf are based in Beverly Hills, while Castellanos works out of New York.The agency has a culture of developing talent internally. According to its website, "Paradigm's agent trainees are expected to actively mine for opportunities on behalf of current and future clients, while also developing original ideas, pitches, and angles that will benefit the agency."The agency, which represents theater, television, film, and voiceover actors, is headed by Sam Gores. Its clients include Philip Seymour Hoffman and Katherine Heigl.
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Katherine Heigl Leaves Longtime Agency

Exclusive: The following announcement just went out internally at Paradigm about Katherine Heigl and her momager. “With Norm Aladjem’s departure last week, this was inevitable, as they were very close,” an insider tells me. Related: Senior Agent Norm Aladjem Leaving Paradigm For Levity Entertainment Group From: Sam Gores Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 11:22 Am Subject: Katherine Heigl Dear Colleagues, We just had a lengthy conversation with Katherine and Nancy Heigl — As you already know with Norm’s departure, it has been a very difficult period for them. A time where they were forced to evaluate their personal relationships as well as their current place within the industry. We believe in Katherine and her talent and would have preferred to see it work here at Paradigm, however, they informed us this morning that they would like to explore other agency options. In light of that decision, we have come to the
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Katherine Heigl Leaves Longtime Agency

Exclusive: The following announcement just went out internally at Paradigm about Katherine Heigl and her momager. “With Norm Aladjem’s departure last week, this was inevitable, as they were very close,” an insider tells me. Related: Senior Agent Norm Aladjem Leaving Paradigm For Levity Entertainment Group From: Sam Gores Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 11:22 Am Subject: Katherine Heigl Dear Colleagues, We just had a lengthy conversation with Katherine and Nancy Heigl — As you already know with Norm’s departure, it has been a very difficult period for them. A time where they were forced to evaluate their personal relationships as well as their current place within the industry. We believe in Katherine and her talent and would have preferred to see it work here at Paradigm, however, they informed us this morning that they would like to explore other agency options. In light of that decision, we have come to the
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