Glenn Kessler Inks Overall TV & Film Deal With Amazon Studios

Under the pact, the Emmy-nominated writer-producer will create, develop and produce original series and films to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video worldwide in more than 200 countries and territories. Damages & Bloodline co-creator Glenn Kessler has signed an overall deal for TV and film with Amazon Studios.
Kessler co-created, served as showrunner, and directed multiple episodes of both Damages and Bloodline,.which earned 25 Emmy nominations, including back-to-back Best Drama Series nominations for Damages, nine Golden Globe nominations, and numerous nominations from the WGA, PGA, and SAG.
Kessler was repped in the deal by CAA and Gendler & Kelly.” />
“Glenn is an incredible storyteller with a gift for creating provocative, powerful dramas,” said Albert Cheng, COO and Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios, “We can’t wait for our Amazon Prime Video customers around the world to see what Glenn will create.”
“I’m inspired by Jennifer Salke’s commitment to original programming in the truest sense of the word, and by the fantastic creative team she’s assembled to help define the future of entertainment.” “As a creator, I’m always looking for new ways to tell a story, so I’m thrilled to be writing my next act with Amazon Studios – a place with unlimited creative potential,” said Kessler.
Kellser, for his first writing job on the short-lived CBS drama series Robbery Homicide Division. When Bloodline ended its three-season run, the trio decided to explore individual projects and have been working on the own for the past couple of years. Kessler, who started his career as an actor, teamed with his brother, Todd A. The Kesslers then partnered with Daniel Zelman to create and executive for two back-to-back acclaimed drama series for Sony TV, Damages, which aired on FX and DirecTV, and Bloodline on Netflix.

The Chainsmokers Launch Production Company; Sets First Film At TriStar Pictures

It's based on a pitch by Pitch Perfect author Mickey Rapkin, who will also pen the script. The company has made a deal with TriStar Pictures for its first project Paris, a film inspired by Chainsmokers’ hit single.
Taggart, Pall, and Marcus will produce the pic with Entertainment 360, while TriStar’s Nicole Brown and Nick Krishnamurthy will oversee the project for the studio.
The group's manager Adam Alpert will serve as CEO. The Chainsmokers duo Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have launched Kick The Habit Productions to develop and produce film, television, and digital projects with former UTA agent Dan Marcus named President and COO.
The Chainsmokers and Kick The Habit are repped by CAA.” />

Abrams Artists Agency Acquired By Group Including Longtime Execs, Adam Bold

Venerable entertainment talent and literary agency Abrams Artists Agency has been acquired, led by a group that includes two of the New York- and Los Angeles-based company's longtime executives Robert Attermann and Brian Cho, and entrepreneur-producer Adam Bold.
Current clients include Iain Armitage, Diane Guerrero,  Dove Cameron, Sophia Lillis, Jordan Fisher, Chandra Wilson and Sean Astin.
In March, he came on to fund Powderkeg, a digital content company created by Paul Feig that champions new voices with a commitment female and LGBTQ creators and filmmakers of color. He co-founded Grandma’s House Entertainment, which develops and produces scripted and nonscripted shows, in 2013. Bold, who takes on the role of chairman, is marking his latest entertainment-based investment via his Superbrands LLC investment company umbrella.
“We live in a time when both opportunities and pitfalls in the entertainment industry are changing rapidly because of digital trends and disruption to the traditional media landscape," said Bold, who co-founded The Mutual Fund Store, an independent investment-management company that he sold in 2016 after 19 years. "We will always be on the cutting edge of what will be most productive for our clients today, as well as whatever comes next."
He opened his L.A. branch in 1982. Abrams, who began his career in the talent agency business in 1958 in the MCA mailroom, went into business for himself by the early 1960s and eventually launched Abrams Artists Agency in New York in 1977. The company reps clients in all facets of entertainment via talent and literary divisions, along with a regarded youth-entertainment division and an alternative-and-digital-programming group.
“We are excited about the future of Abrams Artists Agency—with our partner, Adam Bold—and know that collectively we will help continue a legacy, as well as grow the business in a meaningful and profound way.” “We are indebted to Harry for the leadership and guidance he has provided us in order to see this transition through,” they said in joint statement.
"Our clients and the agents here are to be commended in helping build this company to what it is today. I know the future is bright."” /> “Abrams Artists Agency has been built on a strong ethos that the client always comes first; I know with this transition to new ownership with Robert, Brian, and Adam at the helm, that this will continue, and the next 40 years will be filled with incredible growth and opportunity," Abrams said.
His title will be founder and advisor. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Harry Abrams, who founded the company in 1977, will help guide the new team through the transition.
He will become CEO. He now becomes president and COO. Attermann, who has been at Abrams for 30 years, is currently COO and serves as co-managing director of the New York office. Neal Altman is also part of the ownership group. Both will manage day-today operations on both coasts. Cho, a 19-year company veteran, is currently CFO and managing director of the Los Angeles office.