Christian Serratos Signs with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Christian Serratos has new representation…

The 30-year-old half-Mexican American actress, who stars in as La Reina de la Musica Tejana on Netflix’s Selena: The Series, has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Christian Serratos

Selena: The Series is the highly anticipated show that follows the life of the late Selena Quintanilla, who was known as the Queen of Tejano Music. Created by Moises Zamora, the series is not only a coming-of-age story but also a family drama. The series takes us on Selena’s journey as she pursues her dreams. Along the way, we experience the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music. The series also features Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemí Gonzalez and Seidy López.

Serratos also serves as producer of the Netflix series, which debuted on Friday.

In addition to Selena, Serratos stars as Rosita Espinosa on AMC’s hit sci-fi/supernatural drama series The Walking Dead and previously starred as the non-vampire Angela in the multi-billion dollar Twilight franchise.

Serratos continues to be represented by Emily Gerson Saines at Brookside Artist Management, Narrative PR, and Rick Genow at Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

Jon Huertas Signs with CAA for Representation

Jon Huertas is getting creative

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican actor has signed with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for representation. 

Jon Huertas

Huertas currently stars as Miguel on NBC’s EmmyGolden Globe and SAG Award-winning family drama This Is Us, which recently had its fall finale and received a three-season renewal earlier this year that would take it through season six.

In addition to This Is Us, Huertas’ credits include his role on Castle as Detective and Army veteran Javier Esposito. He starred on the ABC series for eight seasons. He also appeared in David Simon’s Generation Kill as Sgt. Tony “Poke” Espera. The HBO miniseries shed a unique and streetwise perspective of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The character hit close to home for Huertas, who is a veteran himself.

Huertas and fellow collaborator Kenny Stevenson recently launched the production shingle WestSide Storiesand will continue to develop content for television and film.

Nazario to Serve as Guest Speaker at the Billboard Latin Music Conference

It’ll be all about “me” for Ednita Nazario in April…

The 61-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and Latin Grammy-winning artist will be a guest speaker at the newly announced panel discussion “Me, Me, Me” at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference.

Ednita Nazario

Other speakers on the panel, which will explore why Latin stars are a “hot commodity for memoirs and biopics,” include Creative Artists Agency agent Bruno del Granado, Luis Balaguer (CEO and co-founder — along with Sofía Vergara — of Latin World Entertainment), and executive producer and literary agent Raymond García (known for negotiating memoir deals for superstars like Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez).

Nazario is releasing her autobiography, Una Vida, on May 2, 2017 via Penguin/Random House.

“Many people will be surprised by some of the anecdotes,” Nazario tells People en Español. “Some were evident, others not. What I want to do with the book is let them discover that part that I kept private. “

The Billboard Latin Music Conference will kick off April 24 in Miami with other panels like “Superstar Q&A’s” and marquee sessions like the “Urban Music Panel,” the “Divas Panel” and “How I Wrote that Song, the New Generation.”

Colombian superstar Maluma was previously announced as a panelist taking center stage at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference on the new panel, “Socializing Maluma.”

The chart-topping artist and also a seven-time 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist will give the audience an inside look on how he works his social media.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach. To register, visit www.billboardlatinconference.com.

Orci Signs with ICM Partners

Roberto Orci has a new Partner in crime…

The 43-year-old Mexican film and television writer, producer and director has signed with talent and literary agency ICM Partners.

Roberto Orci

Orci’s writing and producing credits include some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, including credits two Transformers and Star Trek films and Mission: Impossible III.

Orci, longtime partner of Alex Kurtzman, is also an Emmy-winning television writer-producer, who co-created Fox’s Fringe and Sleepy Hollow. He has also been a writer-producer on Alias and Hawaii Five-O, among other shows.

Orci had previously been at Creative Artists Agency, and he continues to be lawyered by Michael Gendler.

Thorne Signs with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Bella Thorne is getting Creative

The 18-year-old half Cuban American actress/singer and former Disney Channel star has signed with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Bella Thorne

The move comes as Thorne, who has been branching out fast into feature films as both an actress and producer, just finished filming Midnight Sun opposite Patrick Schwarzenegger, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween and The Babysitter with Robbie Amell and directed by McG.

On the TV side, her Freeform pilot Famous in Love, adapted by Marlene King, has landed a series order.

Her recent credits include the SXSW pic Shovel Buddies, which she also produced, and Thorne now is in production on a second Awesomeness Films movie, You Get Me, in which she will also star and produce. She is voicing a role in Focus Features’ animated Ratchet and Clank and over the summer will begin production on Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

She had been repped by WME.

Thorne has 11.3 million Instagram followers, 9.9 million Facebook fans and 6.3 million Twitter followers. She also has a novel, Autumn Falls, and another, Autumn’s Kiss, coming in the fall.

Carey Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Mariah Carey has new representation…

The 45-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA) in all areas, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mariah CareyCarey was previously at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

UTA will represent the Grammy winner across all areas, including music, touring, film, television, digital, licensing and endorsements. Carey is currently maintaining a Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where #1 to Infinity began this May and will run beyond next February.

In December she’ll return to New York City for a series of Christmas concerts before embarking on a European tour in the spring, which UTA will put together. It will be her first tour in that continent in 13 years.

“Mariah is one of the greatest artists of this or any generation,” UTA chairman Jim Berkus said in a statement. “She is a true multi-talent, and we’re thrilled to help her continue to push every creative boundary.”

Carey has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide and won five Grammy Awards, starting with best new artist and best pop vocal performance, female in 1990. The latter was for her breakout single “Vision of Love,” and through 2008’s “Touch My Body,” the legendary songstress has had 18 singles hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, more than any solo artist ever.

In the fall, Carey is slated to direct a TV movie for Hallmark. As an actress, her screen credits include Precious and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Nicky Jam Signs with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Nicky Jam is getting Creative

Months after signing as a recording artist with Sony U.S. Latin and performing rights organization SESAC Latin, the 34-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for representation in all areas.

Nicky Jam

CAA will rep Nicky Jam (real name Nick Rivera Caminero) in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and will look to create opportunities for him in all areas, including touring, TV, film, brand partnerships and publishing.

Nicky Jam’s single “El Perdón,” featuring Enrique Iglesias, continues at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.

He’s currently in the midst of a South American tour that includes stops in Colombia, Argentina and Chile.

He’s slated to tour the U.S. this summer with exact locations to be announced soon.

Fania Records Signs with Creative Artists Agency

Fania Records is experiencing a resurgence…

A half-century after its founding, the iconic Latin music label is capping off its 50th anniversary by signing with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fania Records

Founded in New York City in 1964 by Dominican Republic-born bandleader Johnny Pacheco and attorney Jerry Masucci, Fania Records went on to represent artists including Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Ismael Miranda, Ruben Blades, Cheo Feliciano and Roberto Roena. That impressive roster help cement the label’s status as the definitive home for genres like Latin big band, Afro-Cuban jazz, boogaloo, salsa and Latin R&B.

Masucci became Fania’s sole owner in 1967 (Pacheco stayed on as artistic director), and when he died in 1997, the label, which had fallen dormant for decades, became entangled in probate court.

Miami-based Emusica Entertainment Group purchased Fania’s assets from Masucci’s estate for a reported $9 million to $12 million in 2005 (ownership was later transferred to Codigo Group). The new management got to work sorting through its newly acquired catalog (it eventually unearthed almost 3,000 albums, 3,000 compositions and approximately 10,000 master tracks) and remastering and reissuing them for a new generation of listeners.

The new Fania has been adroit at adapting to changing times. In 2013, the label resumed profitability with approximately a quarter-million albums sold, most of them via digital download. In April, the label partnered with Spotify to launch a dedicated Latin-music app, a first for the genre. The app makes Fania’s entire digital catalog available for streaming, along with visually rich artist pages and a timeline of the label’s 50-year history.

This year, Fania also issued digital compilation albums and DJ remixes and partnered with Central Park’s SummerStage program for a concert series that married its classic tunes with “new school artists,” including DJ Turmix, Canyon Cody, Timothy Brownie and Whiskey Barons.

“Fania has evolved into a robust entertainment brand,” Codigo CMO Michael Rucker said in a statement. “CAA, with its breadth and depth of expertise in harnessing the power of pop culture, will guide us as we move forward into new creative and business territory and introduce us to a broader fan base.”

Garcia Signs with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Andy García has new representation.

The 58-year-old Cuban actor has signed on with one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Andy Garcia

García had previously been repped for a long time by Paradigm, dating back to the days of The Untouchables, Godfather III, Black Rain, Internal Affairs and the Ocean’s Eleven films.

He’ll next be seen in Let’s Be Cops, and Kill The Messenger opposite Jeremy Renner.

He’s also percolating some projects that include Hemingway & Fuentes. He intends to direct the script he wrote with Hilary Hemingway, about her uncle Ernest Hemingway. The film is about how the writer befriended a boat captain, Gregorio Fuentes, who inspires him to write The Old Man and The Sea. Garcia intends to play Fuentes.

Gomez Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Selena Gomez is switching agencies…

The 21-year-old former Disney Channel star and pop artist has exited as a client of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME).

Selena Gomez

The former Wizards of Waverly Place star has also signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners as she restructures her team and transitions from a teen star to search out more adult projects.

Last year Gomez made a bold leap playing a partying coed in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.

Gomez has a huge social media following, with 57.9M Facebook fans and 19.3M Twitter followers.

She’ll next be seen in William H. Macy’s directorial debut, Rudderless, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.