May 18, 2018
During a panel at Cannes, four talent agents discussed their evolving role in an increasingly diverse industry.
For those filmmakers and other creatives who are on the outside and looking to get in, talent agents have traditionally been thought of as the gatekeepers to the kingdom, the ones who, with a word, can deliver a career. Of course, it’s not that simple, and while they’re becoming increasingly more influential in the film business, many people still don’t have a great idea of what an agent’s role actually is.
During a panel sponsored by The UK Film Centre, as part of the International Pavilion at Cannes, four talent agents, three from Hollywood and one from the U.K., gathered with journalist Matt Mueller from Screen International to discuss the nature of their jobs (everything from representing talent, to creating packages, and beyond) as well as the changes brought on by global box office demands, drives for increased diversity in the film industry as a whole, and more.
“We have to think outside the box to get outside-the-box movies financed.”