CAA Promotes Six to Agent – Deadline


CAA Promotes Six to Agent - Deadline

CAA has promoted Chris Burrus, Inder Gill, Sophie Kavanagh, Zakaria Laaboudi, Arlen Papazian and Kara Petit to agents after they both participated in CAA Elevate, the agency’s program for agents and executive trainees.

Nashville-based Burrus will work in CAA’s music touring division. He represents many of the world’s leading musicians including Nate Smith, Tyler Booth, Erin Kinsey and After Midtown and is on teams supporting Jake Owen, Matt Koziol and Brandon Ratcliff.

Gill will join the Media Finance team led by Roeg Sutherland and Benjamin Kramer, specializing in representing independently financed films. He was one of the lead agents who helped sign Anupam Tripathi, who played Ali Abdul in Netflix’s South Korean success Squid Gameand is based in Los Angeles.

Kavanagh has been promoted to agent in the Commercial Endorsements department and will be based in the agency’s New York office. In her new role, she will focus on creating opportunities for the agency’s clients in the world of camera, print, in-person, voice-over and social media driven campaigns domestically and internationally.

In his new role as International Sports Talent Agent, London-based Laaboudi will identify and orchestrate support opportunities for the agency’s international talent clients, including 2022 Premier League Golden Boot winner Son Heung-min, Cristiano Ronaldo, RaphaĆ«l Varane and among others Daniel Ricciardo.

Based in Los Angeles, Papazian will serve as an agent in the podcast group, which represents many of the most successful podcast owners, creators and production companies, with a focus on creating live touring opportunities.

Also based in LA is Petit, who was tapped as an agent in the Global Television Division. Specializing in identifying new opportunities for Korean and French speaking artists, she now works for many of the world’s leading directors, writers, actors and producers including Hwang Dong-Hyuk, Lee Myung-Woo, Anupam Tripathi, Ryoo Seung- wan and Tapas Media, among others.

Burrus joined CAA in 2018 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned degrees in Music for Vocal Performance with Distinction, Entrepreneurship and Creative Writing. Initially assistant to Sabrina Butera, he supported Marc Dennis, Meredith Jones and Emily Van Allsburg in the Music Touring department before being promoted to Music Touring Coordinator in 2021. Previously, he did internships at companies such as ole Publishing, Capitol Christian Music Group, and Yep Roc Music Group.

Gill started in the mailroom at CAA in 2017 and then served as an assistant to Maren Olson and Sutherland before being promoted to CAA’s Elevate program in April 2021. Prior to CAA, Gill studied history and political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kavanagh graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and began her career at CAA the following year, serving as an assistant in Commercial Endorsements before being promoted to the CAA Elevate program in June 2021.

Laaboudi joined CAA Sports in 2018 and served as Roman Di Somma’s assistant before being promoted to CAA Elevate in October 2021. He received his Masters in Sports Marketing from AMOS and began his career in Global Marketing Partnerships with the NBA.

Papazian started his CAA career in 2019 in the mailroom. He then served as an assistant to Josh Lindgren, head of the agency’s podcast division, and was promoted to coordinator in 2021. Prior to joining CAA, Papazian was an intellectual property litigator for Key IP’s legal group. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biological Sciences and from William & Mary Law School with a JD

Petit started at CAA in 2018 in the mailroom and then served as Michael Gordon’s assistant before being promoted to Global Television Coordinator in 2021. She graduated from La Haute Ecole de la Province de Liege with a degree in Communication and Public Relations in Entertainment, and before CAA worked at RTBF in Belgium.

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