“Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz has inked with United Talent Agency for representation in all areas.
Several agencies had been jockeying to land Muniz, who shot to stardom 2½ years ago playing the brainy but cool preteen at the center of Fox TV’s Sunday smash “Malcolm.” More recently, Muniz starred in U’s successful teen pic “Big Fat Liar.”
Decision to sign with UTA comes amid buzz that Muniz soon will be looking to renegotiate his deal for “Malcolm,” which begins its fourth season this fall. Thesp is locked in for next season, but so is “Malcolm” mom Jane Kaczmarek — and that hasn’t stopped her from seeking a big pay boost.
While hardly the only agency to negotiate big salary hikes for clients, UTA has been behind some of the more high-profile renegotiations in recent years — including those for Kelsey Grammer, Drew Carey, Anthony Edwards and Patricia Heaton.
Muniz begins work this summer on MGM’s spy comedy “Cody Banks.” His other feature credits include Warner Bros.’ “My Dog Skip.”
Thesp had been repped by Abrams Artists. He continues to be managed by 3 Arts Entertainment, while Jeff Oblath continues as his legal rep.
— Josef Adalian