EXCLUSIVE: Curate Management, Britton Rizzio’s boutique management company specializing in film and television creators, has announced the acquisition of Zipa Entertainment, the Mexico City-based management company founded by Sofia Escallon. Escallon now joins Curate as a partner and will lead the company’s efforts to expand internationally.
Zipa’s focus on bilingual and bicultural showrunners, writers and directors working in Latin America, with the potential to expand into other markets, broadens Curate’s value proposition and significantly increases its reach of representation. Among her clients are renowned designers such as Fernanda Eguiarte, whose show La Flor Mas Bella, co-created with comedian Michelle Rodriguez, premiered on Netflix in early December; Miguel Garcia Moreno, the Spanish co-creator of the Netflix series Z-control; Isaac Cherem, the Mexican co-writer and director of the film Leona, which has been nominated for seven Ariel Awards; Lucero Sanchez Novaro, Mexican director and screenwriter nominated for the Ariel Award for his short film malva and co-writer of the Netflix series Todo Va a Estar Bien, directed by Diego Luna; and Mariana Levy, the Argentinian writer and producer of the Amazon show the Presidentwhich returned for its second season in November.
“Sofia brings the experience of running a creator-focused company and a deep knowledge of the Latin American market,” Rizzo told Deadline. “Joining companies provides our collective clients with global reach with the benefit of convenient representation.”
“We are thrilled to have Sofia join our team,” said partner Courtney Conwell. “His passion for portraying unique and visionary storytellers is inspiring and aligns perfectly with our mission at Curate.”
Escallon added, “I am incredibly energized by the vision of the Curate team and seek to pollinate talent across diverse regions while generating opportunities for our clients that put them in positions of power. We share the idea that stories are universal and that markets should not be seen as separate entities. »
Escallon pivoted to management in 2016, after a successful start to his advertising career with Miami-based Newlink Group. Advocating for a more authentic representation of modern Latin and Hispanic culture on screen is central to her work.
Other notable clients of Curate, which launched in 2021, include Jac Schaeffer (Wanda Vision), Emily St. Mandel (station eleven), Notre Dame J (Laid, american horror story), Oren Uziel (The lost city), Heather Quinn (night werewolf), Cody Heller (Dummy), Heidi Schreck (What the Constitution means to me) and Emily Carmichael (Jurassic World: Dominion).