Trio of brothers ankle Mosaic for shingle
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans have left Mosaic Media to join former Mosaic manager Lisa Blum’s new management and production firm, Modus Entertainment.
Blum, who was a co-producer of “Scary Movie” and a co-executive producer on “Scary Movie 2,” left Mosaic late last year to focus on production.
Before that, she spent more than seven years working for Mosaic principal Eric Gold. Initially Gold’s assistant, she went on to spend six years working with Gold as one of his managers.
Gold’s management of the Wayans brothers dates back to the earliest days of their careers. However, the multihyphenate siblings began to make management changes over the past 18 months. Keenen Ivory and Shawn left Mosaic last year, with Damon Wayans exiting in September and Marlon Wayans leaving last month.
Damon Wayans does not have a manager and is repped by Writers & Artists. The other Wayans brothers are repped by CAA.
“I love the old-fashioned approach to managing, where you’re personally invested in your clients’ careers,” Blum told Daily Variety. “That’s the kind of relationship I have with the Wayanses.”
Blum said she intends to focus on film and television projects in the family and comedy genres. Modus has about 10 writer and actor-writer clients.
Blum said she will hire two managers in the near future, with plans to move Modus into its Beverly Hills offices next week.
The Wayanses are shooting “White Chicks” for Revolution Studios with Keenen directing and Shawn and Marlon starring and writing. All three produce the film with Rick Alvarez. The comedy is the first in a two-picture deal between Revolution and Wayans Bros. Entertainment, which is headed by Alvarez.
Keenen Ivory Wayans is represented by attorney Peter Dekom while Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans are represented by Barnes, Morris, Klein, Mark & Yorn.
Before working for Gold, Blum spent two years working for political consultant Clint Reilly on more than 20 campaigns, including the Richard Riordan mayoral race in Los Angeles. Blum began her career as an assistant at CAA.