At Worldwide Production Agency, we provide specialized representation of producers, cinematographers, and production designers in all areas of the entertainment and advertising industries. We are committed to excellence and to providing exceptional attentiveness to our clients’ needs so that they may achieve their professional goals as those goals evolve over the course of their career. Our clients are our family and we strive to build long-lasting, successful relationships with not only them, but their buyers as well.
Richard A. Caleel
Richard Caleel entered the entertainment industry in 1996 as a litigation attorney in Century City representing clients such as Sony Pictures and New Line before moving on to run an animation production company. In 2002, he took over the feature film department at Dattner Dispoto and Associates representing cinematographers exclusively. During his tenure there, he aggressively expanded his department to include line producers and production designers. In 2009, he joined Paradigm’s below-the-line department and his clients followed. In 2010, after six years of working at a mid-size boutique, and a year at a large institutional agency, he decided it was time to start his own agency. Richard’s goal is to provide the best possible representation for his clients based on his years of experience and relationship-building. He strives to know his clients’ personalities, sensitivities, and aesthetics and provides focused representation that is appreciated by his clients and their buyers. For him it is a client-oriented focus that trumps an agency-oriented agenda every day.
Steven Jacob began his production career in New York working on spots with special effects pioneers “Charlex.” He developed his production skills working with Jon Kamen and Henry Sandbank at the legendary Sandbank & Partners. He moved from there when Kamen founded @radical.media. At @radical.media, he worked as a producer and the firm’s first Director of New Media. In 1995 Steve moved over to The Gersh Agency where he began and developed their commercial Below the Line Division. In 2000 he split off and began Gravity, his own BTL agency. One year later he merged the fledgling agency with The Julia Kole agency to form Jacob & Kole. After 10 years running the agency, and recognizing changes in the industry necessitating a global presence, his decision to partner with Richard Caleel acknowledges a his philosophical shift towards creating opportunities around the world and encouraging his clients to engage in the business of the business. In addition to his day to day responsibilities, he writes a weekly blog on business issues facing the freelance artist. His blog can be found at http://agentontheloose.wordpress.com
Kristen Tolle has been working with below-the-line talent in commercials and music videos since 2004. She began her work with Walter Partos and then Bill Dispoto before joining the Production Department at ICM where she stayed for nearly three years working with cinematographers, production, and costume designers. It was then that she joined Michael Bay’s commercial production company, The Institute, with Scott Gardenhour and Tanya Cohen to learn and understand the production side of commercials and new media, before being asked to take over the Commercial Department at Paradigm, where she expanded the roster to include directors and their respective companies. Kristen runs a production-friendly business where buyers enjoy doing business. She thrives in marketing her clients and is hands on in carving out the perfect path for each individual.
Louiza Vick, from St. Petersburg, Russia received her bachelor’s degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Louiza has a diverse background, having worked in commercial production as well as feature and television development. In the last few years, Louiza worked on projects with prominent commercial companies such as Anonymous Content and served as a development consultant to the Vice-President of Russian programming at Sony Television International. Before coming to Worldwide Production Agency, Louiza worked in the below-the line department at Paradigm.
Trevor Kossack began his entertainment career originally representing talent at the historic William Morris Agency. After a short stint of doing so, he decided that his undeniable passion was for production and filmmakers. He then transitioned to the ICM Production Department to work with cinematographers, line producers, production designers, editors, and costume designers. Trevor was then recruited to the Jacob & Kole Agency by Steve Jacob to help expand and run the commercial production division. At WPA, Trevor strives to create a business based on transparency, creativity, and efficiency that is appreciated by clients and buyers alike.
Troy Knowles came to Los Angeles from Kentucky to pursue a career in the film and television business. After starting in the talent management field at Anthem Entertainment, he worked on Bill Paxton’s film “Frailty”. Working on that film that established his love and appreciation for the production side of filmmaking. As part of Endeavor’s below-the-line department from its inception, he honed his agenting skills while looking for ways to improve client service. His background in management and agenting made him a perfect fit for WPA and now he brings his experience, dedication, and client-oriented approach to the WPA family. When he is not working, he enjoys cooking, traveling, running, and alligator wrestling.