David A. Unger

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David A. Unger
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Born (1971-12-30) December 30, 1971 (age 42)
London, England

David A. Unger is a British-American talent and literary agent at Resolution and a member of Resolution's media finance group. Unger joined Resolution on February 20, 2013,[1] the same day that he resigned from International Creative Management (ICM). Resolution was created by former ICM chairman and chief executive officer, Jeff Berg. Unger was the first ICM agent to join Berg at Resolution.[2] The company was founded in January 2013 with a capitalization of approximately "$200 million."[3]

Unger represents leading artists in the US, UK, France, India, China, and Russia.[2] His clients include Stephen Dorff,[4] Ray Winstone,[5] John Hurt,[6] Michelle Yeoh,[7] Naomi Campbell,[8] Gong Li,[9] Anil Kapoor,[10] Natalia Vodianova,[11] Courtney Love, Johnny Hallyday,[8] Emmanuelle Seigner, Olivier Martinez, Vincent Perez as well as directors Tony Kaye,[12] Malcolm Venville,[12] Michael Haussman,[13] and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Roger Avary,[14] among others.

Prior to joining Resolution, Unger was a vice-president and talent agent at International Creative Management for 15 years.[15] He represented actors, directors, writers, models, and recording artists, as well as advised the agency's branding and film financing groups.

Unger began his career at Propaganda Films,[16] a division of PolyGram, where he nurtured the careers of directors David Fincher, Michael Bay, Antoine Fuqua and Mark Romanek among others. He developed award-winning commercial projects for Coca-Cola, Levi's and Nike as well as music videos for artists such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones and U2.

At the age of 27, Unger was chosen for the The Hollywood Reporter's Annual "Next Gen" special issue,[17] which lists "the town's best and brightest – 35 men and women, age 35 and under, poised to become the industry's future leaders." He was also recognized by Fade in Magazine as one of their "Top 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know."[9]

Background[edit]

Unger was born in London and raised in London, Madrid, Paris, and Los Angeles.[18] He is a graduate of Boston University[17] and has lectured at Harvard Business School. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and French.[9]

Unger comes from a long line of successful entertainment industry executives. His father, Anthony Unger, produced numerous motion pictures including the highly acclaimed[19][20] Don't Look Now, starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie which he executive-produced.[9] His grandfather, Oliver A. Unger, was an award-winning film producer, distributor and exhibitor. And his uncle, Stephen A. Unger, is a leading executive recruiter for the entertainment and media industries.

Professional career[edit]

Unger is known for representing international talent, often successfully transforming local language stars into global stars.[21]

He is credited with resurrecting the career of Mickey Rourke,[22][23][24] who thanked Unger in his Best Actor-winning speeches[18] for his role in The Wrestler at the BAFTA Awards[25] and Golden Globe Awards.[26]

Unger regularly attends and is often asked to lecture at the major international motion picture and television festivals and markets such as the Moscow Business Square at the Moscow International Film Festival[11] and Asian Film Summit at the Toronto International Film Festival,[27] among others.

On March 10, 2014 it was reported that Beijing-based Bison Capital Holdings has taken a stake in Resolution, marking the first time that a Chinese company has invested in an American talent agency. David Unger played a "a central role"[28] in initiating these negotiations. In addition to film and TV clients, he guides Resolution's Media Finance Group and is the main player on the international side.[29] Unger will be coordinating Resolution's China activities as they build their presence in Beijing with Bison. Bison's media investments include AirMedia Group., a leading provider of advertising platforms outside of the home in China. Bison Capital's founder, Peixin Xu is a director of Bona Film Group Ltd., China's largest privately owned film distributor.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Finke, Nikki (February 20, 2013). "David Unger Leaves ICM Partners For Resolution". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kay, Jeremy (February 21, 2013). "David Unger becomes first ICM agent to join Resolution". Screen Daily. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ Finke, Nikki (January 27, 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Berg Opens New Agency 'Resolution' Monday". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (March 21, 2013). "Resolution Signs Stephen Dorff". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Talent Agent David Unger: Creative Management". CBS News. December 18, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Piccalo, Gina (April 1, 2010). "Oscar Mortis". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 12-01-30.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Miller, Daniel (April 2, 2013). "Village Roadshow hits jackpot with Chinese-language films". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "David Unger Clients". Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Mojo Rising: The Top 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know". Fade in Magazine. Fall 2005. p. 97. 
  10. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (December 7, 2011). "'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol's' Anil Kapoor on Balancing Bollywood and Hollywood (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12-01-21.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ a b Holdsworth, Nick (June 26, 2012). "Hollywood eyes Russian opportunities: Paula Wagner, David Unger see room for growth". Variety. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Simon, Lizzie (May 13, 1998). "David Unger Creates Stars". L.A. Confidential. p. 67. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ Lyons, Charles (October 23, 2000). "Vid helmer up for 'Down'". Variety. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Roger Avary 2011 Press Kit". Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ Harris, Kathryn (October 2002). "LA Home". Los Angeles Magazine. pp. 110–112. 
  16. ^ "Talent Agent David Unger: Creative Management". BNET. March 18, 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Hollywood Reporter 6th Annual Next Generation Special Issue". Hollywood Reporter. November 2, 1999. p. S-21. 
  18. ^ a b Janofsky, Michael (January 21, 2009). "Rourke's Agent Rehabilitates Bad-Boy Actor into Oscar Contender". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  19. ^ Singh, Anita (2011). "The 100 best British films". Time Out London. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Don't Look Now: best British film of all time?". The Daily Telegraph. February 9, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  21. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (December 7, 2011). "'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol's' Anil Kapoor on Balancing Bollywood and Hollywood (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12-01-21. ...it was my agent David Unger, who made a conscious decision to pitch me as an international star and not an Indian star.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  22. ^ O'Mahony, Olivier (November 26, 2011). "Mickey Rourke Rugit Encore". Paris Match. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  23. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (September 11, 2008). "Rourke is back in the ring". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  24. ^ Lyman, Rick (April 13, 2003). "FILM; Mickey Rourke Is Sorry. Very, Very, Very Sorry". New York Times. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Rourke gives salty BAFTA speech". UPI. February 9, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  26. ^ Finn, Natalie (January 12, 2009). "Golden Globes Span Slumdog, Kate (Twice!), Mickey, Heath & Tina". E! Online. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  27. ^ Knegt, Peter (August 13, 2012). "TIFF Announces Program For Asian Film Summit; Harvey Weinstein To Serve As MC". Indie Wire. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  28. ^ McClintock, Pamela (March 4, 2014). "China's Bison Capital Takes Stake in Jeff Berg's Resolution". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Jeff Berg’s Resolution Agency Gets Investment Boost From China". Deadline Hollywood. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  30. ^ Miller, Daniel (March 4, 2014). "Resolution talent agency lands Chinese investor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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