Multiplatinum Grammy-winning country artist LeAnn Rimes is transitioning to the silver screen with the help of Talent Entertainment Group. The newly formed management and production company — a collaboration between the More-Medavoy and Bymel-O’Neil management companies — has just added Rimes to its client roster.
Rimes is developing the feature “Emily’s Song” as a starring vehicle at Warner Bros.
Indie darling Hope Davis (“Next Stop Wonderland,” “Mumford”) has signed with UTA for representation in all areas. She’s still managed by Tom Chestaro at Launch Management.
Davis co-stars in the upcoming feature “Joe Gould’s Secret” opposite Stanley Tucci.
Chanteuse-thesp-comedienne-scribe Sandra Bernhard (“Without You I’m Nothing”) has signed with the Bauer Co. for management. She appears with Danny Aiello in the indie feature “Dinner Rush,” lensing in N.Y.
Young thesp Vicellous Reon Shannon, who co-starred with Denzel Washington in “The Hurricane,” has signed for representation with Metropolitan Talent Agency’s Tony Chargin. He continues to be managed by Brian Medavoy of Talent Entertainment Group. Shannon co-stars with Danny Glover in TNT’s “Freedom Song,” and has been tapped to topline the NBC pilot “Semper Fi,” exec produced by Steven Spielberg.
Beyond Talent Management has signed actor-writer-director D.J. Pooh, who penned the current Ice Cube pic “Next Friday.” The feature “3 Strikes,” which marks Pooh’s directorial debut, is slated for release early this month. Pooh continues to be repped by The Gersh Agency.
Grammy-winning composer-arranger-conductor Don Sebesky has signed with Crushing Music for exclusive representation in the advertising arena. During last week’s Grammy ceremonies, Sebesky took home two trophies: best instrumental composition (“Joyful Noise Suite,” a tribute to Duke Ellington) and best instrumental arrangement (“Chelsea Bridge, a tribute to Duke Ellington”).
The writing team of David Seidler and Jacqueline Feather, who co-wrote the WB animated features “The King and I” and “Quest for Camelot,” will be repped exclusively by the Alpern Group. They continue to be managed by Spencer Baumgarten at Three Arts Entertainment.
— Cynthia Loggia