APA continues to expand its ranks following the addition of former Paradigm agent Carlos Carreras, with former literary manager and producer William Lowery and former Gersh agent Bernie Spektor joining the tenpercentery’s feature lit and talent/comedy departments, respectively.
“I’m thrilled to announce (the addition of) Will and Bernie to our APA team,” said APA prexy-CEO Jim Gosnell. “As we continue to expand our operations across various divisions, their expertise will play a key role in meeting the demands of the marketplace.”
A regular on the festival circuit who has overseen the packaging, studio sales and acquisitions of numerous independent films, Lowery will focus his efforts on film finance and sales, as well as emerging writers and helmers in the indie space.
Before joining APA, Lowery was a manager at Generate, where he repped directors such as Jay Russell and Paul McGuigan and scribes including Sean Hood and Peter Dowling, as well as various writers on “Dexter,” “Justified” and “Hawaii Five-0.”
Prior to Generate, Lowery was a VP and manager at Underground Films, where he oversaw its first-look deal with the Weinstein Co. During his three-year tenure at Underground, Lowery set up several studio projects including “Rising Son” at TWC, based on his own treatment. Lowery, who was involved with the recent Sundance acquisitions of “Filly Brown” and “LUV,” will report to David Saunders, exec VP-partner in charge of feature literary at APA.
It remains unclear which of Lowery’s clients will join him at APA, where Spektor will focus primarily on film and TV opportunities for the agency’s extensive comedy roster. In addition to previously repping Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon and Ben Bailey, among others, Spektor spent four years at 3 Arts Entertainment, working with Dave Becky and a client list that included Louis CK, Amy Poehler, Tracy Morgan and Kevin Hart. Spektor will report to exec VP-partner and talent department head Ryan Martin and partner-comedy department head Michael Berkowitz.
Meanwhile, Carreras is bringing over former Paradigm clients Gina Rodriguez (“Filly Brown”), Jordi Molla (“Riddick”), Jason Priestly (HBO Canada’s “Call Me Fitz”), Spanish thesp Oscar Jaenada (“The Cold Light of Day”), Ana Claudia Talancon (“Fast Food Nation”), Diego Klattenhoff (“Homeland”), Harrison Gilbertson (“Conspiracy 365”) and “Filly Brown” co-director/producer Michael J. Olmos.