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Below-the-Line Agent Erin Searcy Joins WPA from Gersh

Erin Searcy, an 18-year veteran of The Gersh Agency, has joined Worldwide Production Agency as a partner in the features department, representing artisans such as directors of photography, production designers, editors, costume designers and producers.

Searcy brings a diverse collection of clients to her new roost, including d.p.’s Mihai Malaimare Jr. (“The Master”) and Paul Sommers (“Empire”), editors Elliot Greenberg (“Fantastic Four”) and Catherine Haight (“Transparent,” pictured above) and production designer Richard Sherman (“The Gift”).

“We are excited to have an agent of Erin’s caliber join us,” said WPA motion picture department head Richard Caleel. “Her energy, experience, and dedication to her clients make her a perfect addition to the team.”

Caleel founded the shop as The Caleel Agency in 2011 after he left Paradigm. Some months later he joined forces with Steve Jacob of Jacob & Kole and the combined agency was named Worldwide Production Agency.

Erin is “an agent with a proven track record successfully crossing clients over the boundaries between films, television, and commercials that is a hallmark of our management model,” said WPA partners Jacob, who handles commercials, and Frank Balkin, who handles TV. Balkin joined WPA from Paradigm in 2014.

Searcy’s addition to WPA brings the agency’s total roster of agents to 11. Nine are based in Los Angeles and two in London.

“WPA’s spectacular reputation and forward-thinking business model are the perfect fit for my personality and skill set,” said Searcy. “I am incredibly excited to join forces with my new colleagues to take our clients and company to even greater heights.”

WPA represents producers, production artisans, and directors across all platforms and has offices in Los Angeles, London and Paris.

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