WME has tapped partners Mike Berkowitz and Allysa Mahler to lead the Hollywood agency’s restructured comedy crossover community.
WME has also hired Kathleen Lewis from Nameless Train and promoted Katie Marshall to turned into an agent. Berkowitz has overseen WME’s comedy touring team since joining the talent agency in 2018, while Mahler’s background is in scripted TV and talent, with a spotlight on comedic voices.
The transformed comedy team objectives to combine brokers with varied comedic touchpoints across WME to bring more crossover enterprise opportunities to comedic purchasers properly beyond stand-up comedy clubs to rising earnings streams like touring, TV, film, publishing, digital and celeb endorsements.
The transfer comes as stand-up comics like Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle turned into rock stars with cable and streaming comedy specials and sell out arenas while on tour, and streaming companies and products like Netflix and social media platforms turned into big name-making automobiles.
“The comedy enterprise this day requires a 360-degree technique to servicing our purchasers, and we’re tickled to assemble this recent community to bring them a lot more opportunities,” Berkowitz and Mahler acknowledged in an announcement.
Mahler’s purchasers embody Bridget Everett, Diablo Cody, Jacqueline Novak, Josh Gad, Kay Cannon, Marlon Wayans, Sabrina Jalees, Sam Jay and Sarah Cooper, alongside with SNL solid members Punkie Johnson, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat and SNL writing supervisor Streeter Seidell. Berkowitz on the touring front represents Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, Bill Burr, Ramy Youssef, Sam Jay, among others.
Kathleen Lewis joins the agency from the talent department at Nameless Train after initiating her profession at WME within the commercials department.
The WME comedy enterprise also represents Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Amy Poehler, Loren Bouchard, Mike Mediate, Ben Stiller, Donald Glover, Eddie Murphy, Adam McKay, Larry David, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Prefer McElhenney, among others.