Animation percentery erases AMG affiliation

Gotham Group sets out on its own

As the dust settles on the Firm/AMG merger, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein’s animation percentery the Gotham Group, which was excluded from that deal, is being revived as an independent entity and is ending its three-year association with AMG.

Goldsmith-Vein founded the Gotham Group in 1994 and quickly grew it into the largest rep of creative talent for the animation biz. She said Gotham will shortly announce a strategic alliance with a mainstream talent agency and a first-look deal with a studio.

With a staff of 10, Gotham reps 250 directors, writers, producers, illustrators, artists and content creators, working in both live-action and animated television and feature films.

Clients include producer John Williams (“Shrek”), writer John Ridley (“Three Kings,” “Undercover Brother”) and animation/CGI directors Ralph Zondag (“Dinosaur”), Henry Selick (“James and the Giant Peach,” “Nightmare Before Christmas”), Piet Kroon (“Osmosis Jones) and Eric Fogel (“Celebrity Death Match”).

Goldsmith-Vein also reps children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”) as well as Simon & Schuster’s children’s catalog and backlist.

Company is a force in TV animation, repping the creators and producers of skeins “Lizzie McGuire,” “Even Stevens” “Rugrats,” “Fairly Odd Parents,” “As Told by Ginger” and “Daria” and key creative talent involved in writing, producing and directing animated shows including “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill” and “Beavis and Butt-head.”

“I look forward to building upon the success we’ve had during our association with AMG, and our continuing expansion into development and production,” Goldsmith-Vein said.

(While an agency, Gotham is free to produce its animation clients’ work as it is a signatory only to the Writers Guild of America; it is not a signatory to the newly revised AFTRA agency franchise agreement nor the expired SAG one.)

Before founding Gotham, Goldsmith-Vein worked at Nelvana and the William Morris Agency, starting her career in representation at Atlas Management.

She will bring along her entire complement of managers, including Julie Kane-Ritsch, a former director of business and legal affairs at Hanna-Barbera and head of business affairs at DreamWorks’ television animation.

Also continuing with the Gotham Group are managers Mike Cohen and Peter McHugh. Frank Roca returns to head up the agency’s business affairs division.

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