Common Signs With UTA
The Academy Award-winning artist, actor, activist and producer will be represented by UTA in all areas.
United Talent Agency has signed Common in all areas worldwide, the company is reporting. Common had previously been represented by CAA.
The hip-hop artist, activist, actor and producer is staring in a number of films in 2018 including Warner Bros’ Smallfoot, the highly-anticipated Fox film The Hate U Give and has appeared in several episodes of Showtime's hit drama The Chi, produced by his company Freedom Road Productions with his longtime manager Derek Dudley.
One of the most well-known stars of conscious hip-hop genre to emerge from the late 90s scene, Common has earned an Academy Award, a Grammy, a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award for his single "Glory," featuring John Legend for the 2014 film Selma.
Earlier this year, Common was nominated for an Oscar, a Grammy and Critics’ Choice Award for his song “Stand Up For Something,” which he co-wrote with Diane Warren. Throughout his career, he has been nominated 20 times for the Grammys, winning three as well as an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
In total, Common has 12 television and film projects either completed, in the works or in pre-production in 2018 and 2019. In March, he teamed up to form the hip-hop super group August Greene with producers Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. Their self-titled album led to a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their song, "Letter to the Free."
Common is also the creator of Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens of the world. Common joined musician Andra Day in performing "Stand Up For Something" at the March For Our Lives anti-gun violence rally in Washington, D.C. He is also a part of the Recording Academy's newly formed Diversity Task Force led by former First Lady Michelle Obama's chief of staff Tina Tchen, created in the wake of complaints about a lack of female award winners at the 2018 Grammys.
Common has appeared in numerous major films and television series including John Wick: Chapter 2 alongside Keanu Reeves, Suicide Squad and Barbershop: The Next Cut. His film Three Seconds is set for release in early 2019.
Common continues to be represented by manager Derek Dudley and lawyer David Fox of Myman Greenspan Fox.