Magazine article Screen International

Grandview: Surveying the Talent

Magazine article Screen International

Grandview: Surveying the Talent

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With writers such as Bridge Of Spies' Matt Charman on their books, former CAA agents Matt Rosen and JeffSilver have LA-based management firm Grandview offto a flying start.

Since launching last summer, Matt Rosen, JeffSilver and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones' Los Angeles-based management firm Grandview has grown its client base to almost 100.

While Rosen and Silver focus on repping film and TV writers and directors, Automatik Entertainment president Kavanaugh-Jones advises on packaging.

Clients include screenwriters Matt Charman (Bridge Of Spies, pictured), Mark Heyman (Black Swan) and Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (Race). Roughly 20% of the expanding outfit's client base is international and that percentage is growing; more actor representation could follow.

Screen caught up with former CAA agents Rosen and Silver to discuss the company and the talent landscape.

One year in, what are the most important lessons you've learnt?

Rosen: Focus. We1re one of the only management companies in the US that has a complete separation between representation and production. Our clients know their managers are not thinking about anything other than their needs.

What's your client split between film and television?

Rosen: I would say it's 50/50.

Silver: Something we look for in all our clients is diversification of creativity and ambition across different genres and platforms. Mark Heyman, the writer of Black Swan and The Skeleton Twins, is a perfect example. He's writing the feature How To Catch A Russian Spy for director Marc Webb and also a project for AMC called Marvel.

Michael Mitnick is another. He started out writing great theatre. A couple of years ago he wrote a script called The Current War, which is going into production this fall with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directing for TWC and Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch on board to star.

Offof that, he wrote an early version of Paul Thomas Anderson's Pinocchio at Warner Bros. But we wanted to make sure he was exploring other pursuits as well so he just wrote on the new series of HBO's Vinyl and he sold a feature idea to Big Beach Films for him to direct. There's a lot of stuffto juggle, a lot of stuffto focus on. We need to make sure all the trains keep running.

What is Brian's role in the company today?

Rosen: We started the company with the belief there would be a complete separation of church and state, which has remained. …

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