- Former top ICM talent and literary agent John Burnham,
What Is a Literary Agent?
A literary agent is a person who represents the business interests of writers and their written works. Agents work with new writers and bestselling authors alike, acting as business-minded intermediaries between creatives and book publishing houses, film producers, and theatrical or film producers. Agents generally are paid a fee of between 10 and 20 percent of sales that they help negotiate on behalf of the writer they represent.
- who left earlier this month to become a manager and partner at Atlas Artists and Atlas Literary,
In the article about this move to Atlas Artists and Atlas Literary, it is noted as a subsudiary of Atlas Entertainment. – an American film financing and production company.
- has signed Alex O’Loughlin as a client.
- This marks a reunion for the duo. Burnham represented O’Loughlin for years as an agent and facilitated the actor’s casting as the lead of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 reboot, which ran for 10 seasons.
We think he might have done a great job with this last one. The one that negotiated his last job might be best aquipped to do it again. 😀
- Soon after the Hawaii Five-0 pilot had been picked up to series in 2010, O’Loughlin left ICM to follow Chris Hart, who had been an agent on his team, to UTA.
Not sure why this happened, but Alex must have had his reasons for doing so at the time.
- The actor, who most recently did not have a manager, continues to be repped by UTA.
It seem that Alex was functioning without a Manager for a period of time and only made use of a Talent Agency. From this and from the IMDB listing it looks that although Atlas Artists and John will be Alex’s new Manager and Talent Agent, UTA will also still be a Talent Agent for him as well.
- The Hawaii Five-0 alum joins a long list of Burnham clients who stayed with him in the transition to management and followed him to Atlas Artists.
Seems that John have a lot of loyal clients and at the moment there are 37 of them, including Alex. Nearly all of them are Actors who are also listed as Writers, Producers and Directors and only 1 who is listed as an actor only and one as writer only.
Let us look at the different definitions and roles of Actor Representatives:
An agent is responsible for helping an actor find work and for negotiating the terms of their employment. For example, the agent keeps his eye out for roles that would be suitable for the actor and contacts the casting director to arrange auditions. Once a director hires an actor, the agent will help negotiate the contract and make sure the terms and conditions of the contract are met. The actor will have a legally binding contract with the agent, allowing the agent to negotiate on their behalf. Agents are usually paid a percentage of the actors’ fees for each job, generally between 10 to 15 percent. In California, agent fees are limited to 10 percent of an actor’s earnings.
A manager provides career guidance and advice. Managers may also provide financial and legal advice, if they are qualified to do so. While agents may have hundreds of clients, managers generally have only a few clients and spend more time with each one. A manager’s duties are far-ranging and may include advising the artist on what jobs to take, helping them to market themself, organizing advertising and publicity, advising on how to develop their talents, making travel arrangements, and advising on how to manage their income. Managers generally earn between 15 to 20 percent of the artists’ total income.
A publicist helps to manage an artist’s relationship with the media. This may include arranging interviews with journalists; making press announcements on their behalf; organizing your blog, Twitter posts or other social media; helping them to gain publicity; arranging for public appearances, and advising on how to avoid unwanted publicity. Publicists often work for agencies and are generally paid a flat fee rather than a percentage of the artists’ income. Some publicists work on retainer, whereby the publicist earns a monthly fee for a set amount of work, such as 20 hours a week.
Looking at all these facts and joining it with the knowledge that Alex mentioned 3 scripts in his interview with Pac Bleu in Nov 2020, we might conclude that John will not only be Alex’s new Manager but might also be better equipped to guide him in his endeavor as a writer because of his credentials as Literary Agent.
If Alex is focussing on writing, we can only hope that he will also star as an actor in whatever he writes ……… and we can only hope that whatever happens, happens soon! But soon does not mean we will see him in something soon, because unfortunately, the wheels of the entertainment industry turn slowly and take time.
As I wrote on a previous occasion it will be a long time before whatever gets made will be available for us to see.
You can read my thoughts about it here: #AlexOLoughlin – To Shine