Spanish management firm Kuranda Management has opened up an office in Los Angeles.
Principle Katrina Bayonas, who started the company in Madrid in 1971, will travel between the two branches, with Amy Angelastro in charge of running the newly created U.S enterprise. Company is concentrating on forming a U.S client base.
English-born Bayonas is known as one of Madrid’s top managers. Mission for the Los Angeles office is to make the best of Spanish talent available to the American market.
In 1988 Kuranda started a discovery program, whereby each year more than 400 young actors are auditioned to fill two coveted spots. It was in this program that Bayonas discovered Penelope Cruz in 1990. Another Kuranda client is Jordi Molla, who co-starred in New Line’s “Blow.”
Bayonas has a broad range of experience within the industry. He has done unit publicity; cast films for Warren Beatty, Paul Verhoeven and David Cronenberg, among others; and produced “The Power Game,” directed by Fausto Canel, and “Tango Feroz,” directed by Marcelo Pinyero.
Bayonas, who’s chair and CEO, said the new venture represents “an exciting and challenging move, and we are confident that it comes at the right time, with the emergence of an ever stronger Latin presence within the United States and the increasing interest in the global community.”
The company is presently expanding to include South American and European clients.