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Author/screenwriter Darryl Ponicsan (“Taps,” “Vision Quest,” “School Ties”) has signed with the William Morris Agency, where he will be represented by David Lubliner and Carl Waynberg. Ponicsan’s credits also include “The Enemy Within,” “The Boost,” “Cinderella Liberty” and “Nuts,” which he co-wrote with Alvin Sargent. He also penned the novel “The Last Detail,” which was adapted for the bigscreen and starred Jack Nicholson. He continues to be managed by RoadDog.

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Maria Ripoll, who wrote and directed the romantic comedy “The Man With Rain in His Shoes,” which recently screened at Cannes, has signed with Becsey-Wisdom-Kalajian. Ripoll will be repped by Victoria Wisdom. “The Man With Rain,” which stars Penelope Cruz and Liz McGovern, recently was picked up for distribution by Trimark.

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Young thesp Ryan Merriman — who co-stars in the TNT original film “Everything That Rises” directed by Dennis Quaid and in Sony’s “The Deep End of the Ocean” starring Michelle Pfeifer and Treat Williams — has signed with Don Buchwald and Associates, where he will be repped by Cynthia Land.

Merriman also has a recurring role in the NBC series “The Pretender.” He continues to be managed by Lee Peterson & Associates.

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TV director and former “Married With Children” co-star Amanda Bearse has signed with Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner, where she will be repped by Terry Norton-Wright. Bearse’s directing credits include multiple episodes of “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “Alright Already.”

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Actor Corbin Bernsen, who starred in the ’80s NBC series “L.A. Law,” has signed with the Metropolitan Talent Agency, where his reps will be Christopher Barrett and Kami Putnam.

He continues to be managed by James/Levy/Jacobson.

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Venturing to the director’s chair, Academy Award-nominated production designer Bo Welch has signed with Creative Artists Agency. Among Welch’s credits are “Men in Black,” “The Birdcage” and “A Little Princess” — all of which garnered him Oscar noms for best achievement in art direction. His other credits include “Beetlejuice,” “The Color Purple,” “The Lost Boys” and the upcoming Barry Sonenfeld-helmed “Wild, Wild West” for Warner Bros.

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Veteran director Michael Anderson, whose credits include “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Logan’s Run,” has signed with the Lenhoff & Lenhoff agency. Anderson most recently helmed “Summer of the Monkey,” an indie that was recently picked up for distribution by Buena Vista. Anderson continues to be repped by his Canadian agent, Paul Burford.

Television producer Ron Mitchell also has signed with Lenhoff & Lenhoff. Mitchell recently produced “The Game,” a 20th Century Fox pilot for ABC; and he’s currently producing the two-hour telepic “Halloween Town” for the Disney Channel.

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