CAA promotes five interns to agents – The Hollywood Reporter

Creative Artists Agency has promoted six graduates of the CAA Elevate agent and executive training program to full-fledged agents.

Chris Burrus becomes an agent in the music tours department, based in Nashville. He joined CAA in 2018 as an assistant and previously interned at ole Publishing, Capitol Christian Music Group and Yep Roc Music Group.

New Los Angeles-based agent Inder Gill will serve on the media finance team, with a focus on representing indie-funded films. Gill, who started in 2017 in the CAA mailroom, helped draw Anupam Tripathi, who played Ali Abdul in Netflix’s South Korean survival drama Squid game.

And Sophie Kavanagh has been promoted to agent in the commercial notes department, based in the New York office. She joined CAA in 2018 as an assistant in commercial notes, before boarding the CAA Elevate program in June 2021.

And London-based Zakaria Laaboudi joined CAA Sports in 2018 as an assistant and moved on to CAA Elevate in October 2021. Elsewhere, Los Angeles-based Arlen Papazian becomes an agent in the podcast group, after joining CAA in the mailroom in 2019.

And Kara Petit boarded the global television division as an agent, collaborating with top international directors, writers, actors and producers such as Hwang Dong-Hyuk, Lee Myung-Woo, Anupam Tripathi, Ryoo Seung-wan and TAPAS MEDIA. Petit first worked in the CAA mailroom in 2018, before becoming a global television coordinator last year.

CAA Elevate during the pandemic was overhauled as an agent trainee program to be more like a mini-MBA intensive program and less like a traditional mailroom tour.

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