Korea’s JTBC Studios acquires ‘Mare Of Easttown’ prodco Wiip

The studio division of South Korean pay TV broadcaster JTBC has acquired Wiip, the independent production firm behind recent HBO series Mare Of Easttown. US-based Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has sold its majority stake in the company to JTBC Studios and will now move to a minority stake, while private equity firm Atwater Capital is exiting […]

EOne’s chief strategy officer Peter Micelli to depart

Entertainment One’s (eOne) chief strategy officer Peter Micelli is leaving the transatlantic producer and distributor, just four months after Hasbro completed its $4bn deal for the company. Micelli arrived at eOne in 2018 after being hired by Mark Gordon, the former president & chief content officer who was appointed as part of changes that saw […]

Wheelhouse hires CAA’s Eric Wattenberg as chief content officer

Longtime CAA agent Eric Wattenberg has joined Brent Montgomery’s media, marketing and investment company Wheelhouse Group as chief content officer. Wattenberg will work across the Wheelhouse Group, including its talent and content arm – home to Kimmelot, Jimmy Kimmel’s production and media label, film/TV company Campfire, live entertainment and production specialist Den of Thieves, digital […]

CAA agent Scott Lonker boards Jimmy Kimmel prodco

CAA agent Scott Lonker has been named president of Jimmy Kimmel and Brent Montgomery’s Kimmelot prodco. Launched as a “creative lab” driven by late night host Kimmel, the business – which sits under Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment – creates content across unscripted, scripted, digital and mobile, with initial projects focused on comedy. Kimmelot sits alongside unscripted […]

Top CAA television agent switches to eOne

Mark Gordon’s first major hire since becoming president of Entertainment One (eOne) is that of CAA agent and co-head of television Peter Micelli. The new recruit will become chief strategy officer for film, television and digital at eOne, reporting to Gordon – eOne’s president and chief content officer of film, television and digital – and […]

Bill Clinton heads to Hollywood with President pitch

Former US President Bill Clinton is in Hollywood this week pitching a book he’s co-authored with James Patterson. Clinton and Patterson are shopping TV and film rights to upcoming novel The President is Missing to studios and producers in Tinseltown, according to US reports. CAA is representing the rights and “orchestrating” the meetings, Deadline reported. […]

Vice plans scripted push after $450m investment

North American millennial content giant Vice Media has received US$450 million from investment firm TPG, and plans to use the funds in part to push into scripted programming. Vice CEO Shane Smith (below) told CNBC to deal values Vice at US$5.7 billion. Part of the investment will go on establishing Vice Studios, which will produce […]

China’s CMC buys into CAA

Chinese media investment giant CMC Capital Partners has bought a minority stake in the CAA talent agency in a deal that sees the establishment of CAA China. CMC has taken an unspecified stake in CAA and its chairman, Li Ruigang, will join the board of the agency. The new CAA China unit, which will have […]

CAA to shop American Supergroup

US talent agency CAA is to represent a new singing competition format in which an aspiring musician vie for a place in a supergroup. American Supergroup has been commissioned by an unnamed US broadcaster, and was in Cannes this weekend at MIPFormats. The format sees 25 musicians, who must sing, play and write songs, guided […]