Longstanding below-the-line agency Sandra Marsh & Associates has been purchased from its owner by three of its agents.
Rocco Hindman, June Dowad and Michael Vasquez will now be partners in the company and its new owners, with Hindman serving as president and Dowad and Vasquez as VPs.
Former owner Sandra Marsh, who founded the L.A.-based shop in 1985, will stay on for about 10 months “as a consultant to make sure the transition remains smooth,” says Dowad.
The agency reps approximately 100 artisans around the world. Its roster includes producers, d.p.’s, production designers, editors, costume designers, sound specialists and visual effects supervisors.
Among the clients: production designer and frequent Martin Scorsese collaborator Dante Ferretti (“Hugo,” “Shutter Island,” the upcoming “Silence”), cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (“The Hurt Locker,” “Captain Phillips”) and costume designer Sharen Davis (“Django Unchained,” “Get on Up,” pictured above).
The agency’s recent bookings include costume designer Shay Cunliffe (“Get Hard”) on Lasse Hallstrom’s “A Dog’s Purpose,” and d.p. John Conroy (“Luther”) and costume designer Gabriella Pescucci (“The Borgias”) on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful.”
Sandra Marsh & Associates has a London presence in Casarotto Marsh Ltd., which reps below-the-line talent in the U.K.
According to Dowad, Marsh “has been thinking about how she would like to have an exit strategy and retire, so we kicked around ideas about how that might go – whether we close the doors, whether we go our separate way, whether we find a way to keep it going. So we decided collectively – all four of us – that this would be a good way forward.”
The parties involved concluded their contract in March but waited until this week to make the information public to their clients.
The agency’s name will not change in the short term, says Dowad. “It’s a good brand. If we ever do change the name, it will be in a way that honors the agency’s legacy. It won’t change to our names.”
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.