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Unscripted agent Stewart Cavanagh joins The Cartel

American production, finance and management firm The Cartel has appointed Stewart Cavanagh as its head of unscripted and documentary. The veteran unscripted entertainment agent (pictured) was formerly VP of alternative at ...
February 23, 2021

American production, finance and management firm The Cartel has appointed Stewart Cavanagh as its head of unscripted and documentary.

The veteran unscripted entertainment agent (pictured) was formerly VP of alternative at The Gersh Agency. The announcement was made by co-founders and co-CEO’s Stan Spry and Jeff Holland.

“The Cartel is thrilled to have an unscripted agent of Stewart’s caliber joining the team,” said Spry in a statement. “Stewart has a fantastic history of being a dynamic representative who excels in the unscripted space and brings with him an impressive roster of clients. He’s the perfect person to help lead The Cartel’s expansion into the unscripted and documentary businesses.”

As an agent, Cavanagh primarily represents clients in the alternative and documentary space.

He has spent four years as vice president of alternative at The Gersh Agency, six years as the vice president of alternative at Rebel Entertainment Partners and three years as an alternative agent at Innovative Artists. His first foray into unscripted television was at The William Morris Agency.

Clients that Cavanagh will be bringing to the company include the production companies New Dominion Pictures, Buck Productions, and Komhaber Brown.┬áSome of his showrunner clients include Emmy-winner Michael Mills (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Emmy-winner Ray Dotch (Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath), Emi Macuaga (Seeking Sister Wives), Aaron Catling (Hyperdrive), Tammy Wood (Twisted Sister), Blake Davis (Ugly Delicious), and Hugh Peterson (Car Masters).

“In this ever-changing landscape, I’m pleased to be working alongside such dedicated and passionate representatives,” said Cavanagh in a statement.

The Cartel has produced and financed over 100 movies and series: among them, Creepshow for AMC’s horror streaming platform Shudder, and Syfy’s new 10-episdoe series Day of the Dead. Founded in 2011 the company is run by partners Spry, Holland, Evan Corday, Geoff Silverman, Bradford Bricken and Eric Woods.

The Cartel has offices in Los Angeles, London, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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