CMC Talent is taking their representation and management services global with the launch of CMC International (CMCI) in the US, UK and NZ. This follows announcements this week for CMC clients – Amy Manford on joining Andrea Bocelli’s Aussie tour as one of the special guests, Dr Amantha Imber on her UK Penguin Random House book deal for Time Wise and Marc Fennel on the launch of his global television co-production of Stuff the British Stole.
CMCI’s professional and personal international relationships will grow and solidify in this new partnership and the agency’s established and direct network of communications with casting directors, studios and producers in the United States & UK underpins the business model.
What are the structural changes following the expansion?
CMC Talent is moving forward with its clients as they step further onto the world stage. With continued traction of clients gaining global credits, building of global audiences and casting of international roles, the move for CMC to go global was a natural progression of the business.
The global business venture is in partnership with LA based Music and Entertainment Manager Tara Joseph. CMCI acts as both Agent and Manager, with Tara joining as exclusive Worldwide Co-Manager. Cathy Baker and Claire Savage established CMC Talent in 2014 after extensive careers in the Entertainment Industry across journalism, casting, production and advertising.
Tara Joseph is originally from London but relocated to Los Angeles. Her career spans 25 years with experience including talent representation at international agencies and forming her management company JAM ARTISTS GROUP, and television formatting and production.
CMC Head office will remain in Melbourne. With a home base and presence in the US and UK, the partnership will provide access to opportunities, collaborations and networking across TV, stage, film, literature, and entertainment for CMC clients who are eligible to work overseas.
Customers who already have established identities and audiences through television programs they appear in overseas, as well as books and podcasts that are distributed in territories outside of Australia will have expanded opportunities. The new venture will also open doors in Australia for non-resident entertainment and media professionals.
What were the executives’ thought on the expansion?
“We’ve enjoyed working with Tara for the past few years and initially, pre-covid, we collaborated with Tara to support Josh Piterman’s music career when he played the lead in Phantom on the West End. Joining forces has meant that we can now Agent and Manage most contracts in-house globally,” said Claire Savage, Executive Director and Head of Talent.
Commenting on the venture, Tara Joseph, Worldwide Co-Manager, said, “I am thrilled to be partnering with Claire and Cathy to form CMCI. Having worked with one another over the past few years, we have established a strong working relationship and a great synergy.”
“With a plethora of exciting talent at CMC, I am very much looking forward to working from an international standpoint to help create new and innovative opportunities for our CMCI roster. Australia has always been a hotbed for incredible talent so being able to tap into some of the best of the best and create international opportunities, is a very exciting prospect.”
“During Covid we experienced a smaller world and the virtual office put us on the same screen as our colleagues around the world. With solid contracts in the pipeline, establishing CMC International was the obvious next step,” said Cathy Baker, MD and Talent Manager.