AiF INDUSTRY PRESENTS
The Importance of a Manager
Christopher Burbidge - ROAR
Rob Marsala- Wishlab
Christopher Burbidge is a senior talent manager for ROAR, a Beverly Hills-based talent management company that specializes in film & television, music and corporate consulting. With over six years at ROAR, Burbidge has helped advise and guide the careers of some incredible talent, including Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders and Dwight Yoakam. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University is 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Film Production, Burbidge began working as a producer and creative executive at LBC Advertising, a boutique advertising agency in Santa Monica. In 2006, he shifted his focus to representation and began working at Innovative Artists, a talent and literary agency. Within a year, Christopher moved to the William Morris Agency and was promoted to agent trainee while working for legendary talent agent Ed Limato, who discovered and represented some of the biggest names in Hollywood - including Denzel Washington, Richard Gere and Mel Gibson. A few years later, WMA merged with Endeavor to form WME, where he became a senior agent trainee. In 2010, he joined Will Ward and the talent team at ROAR as a talent manager. A Utah native, Burbidge currently resides in Los Angeles.
Rob Marsala is a Perth-born Los Angeles based manager and producer with two decades of experience working in Hollywood. He is currently an owner/partner in the management company WISHLAB. Clients include Iain Glen, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jay R Ferguson, Cush Jumbo, Frances O'Connor, Joe Dempsie, Selma Blair and Dominic Sherwood. Prior to joining Wishlab, Marsala was with GLobal Creative. He was also a manager at the Bauer Co., worked at United Talent Agency in LA and the not-for-profit Independent Feature Project in New York. As a producer, he produced the Australian feature 48 Shades based on the award winning novel 48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls. Client Daniel Lapaine wrote and directed.
MODERATOR: Alex Cubis
Alex is an Australian actor/writer based in Los Angeles. He is the host of the podcast "Honest Conversations with Alex Cubis" on iTunes, where he has interviewed creatives such as Australian Director Catriona McKensie ("Shadowhunters: Mortal Instruments"), Sundance Fellow and "Only in HelLa" creator Rory Uphold, and Emmy-nominated producer Stephanie Meurer. Listen to his podcasts HERE.
Tuesday, August 15
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