CAA promoted Chris Burrus, Inder Gill, Sophie Kavanagh, Zakaria Laaboudi, Arlen Papazian and Kara Petit to Agent following their participation in CAA Elevate, the agency’s program for agents and executives-in-training.
Burrus, based in Nashville, will work in CAA’s Music Touring department. He represents many of the world’s top musicians, including Nate Smith, Tyler Booth, Erin Kinsey and After Midtown, and is on the teams that support Jake Owen, Matt Koziol and Brandon Ratcliff.
Gill will serve on the Media Finance team, led by Roeg Sutherland and Benjamin Kramer, which specializes in representing independently financed films. He was one of the key agents who helped hire Anupam Tripathi, who played Ali Abdul in Netflix’s South Korean hit. Squid Gameand is based in Los Angeles.
Kavanagh has been promoted to agent in the commercial endorsements department and will be based in the agency’s New York office. In her new role, she will focus on creating opportunities for the agency’s clients in the world of on-camera campaigns, print, in-person appearances, voice-over and social media campaigns, both nationally and internationally.
In his new role as International Sports Talent Agent, London-based Laaboudi will identify and orchestrate endorsement opportunities for the agency’s international talent clients, including 2022 Premier League Golden Boot award winner Son Heung- min, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphaël Varane and Daniel Ricciardo, among others.
Based in Los Angeles, Papazian will serve as an agent in the Podcast group, representing many of the most successful podcast properties, creators and production companies, with a focus on creating live touring opportunities.
Also based in LA is Petit, who was chosen as an agent in Global Television Department. She specializes in identifying new opportunities for Korean and French-speaking artists and now works on behalf of many of the world’s leading directors, writers, actors and producers, including Hwang Dong-Hyuk, Lee Myung-Woo, Anupam Tripathi, Ryoo Seung-wan and Tapas Media, among others.
Burrus joined CAA in 2018 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Music for Vocal Performance with Distinction, Entrepreneurship and Creative Writing. He initially served as assistant to Sabrina Butera and supported Marc Dennis, Meredith Jones and Emily Van Allsburg in the Music Touring department before being promoted to Music Touring Coordinator in 2021. Previously, he held internships at companies such as ole Publishing, Capitol Christian Music Group and Yep Roc Music Group.
Gill started in the CAA mailroom in 2017, then served as an assistant to Maren Olson and Sutherland before being promoted to CAA’s Elevate program in April 2021. Prior to CAA, Gill studied History and Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbarian.
Kavanagh graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and began her professional career at CAA the following year, serving as an Assistant in Business Endorsements, before being promoted to the CAA Elevate program in June 2021.
Laaboudi joined CAA Sports in 2018, serving as an assistant to Roman Di Somma, before being promoted to CAA Elevate in October 2021. He graduated from AMOS with a Masters in Sports Marketing and started his career in Global Marketing Partnerships in the NBA.
Papazian began his career at CAA in the mailroom in 2019. He then served as assistant to Josh Lindgren, head of the agency’s Podcast department, and was promoted to coordinator in 2021. Prior to joining CAA, Papazian was a property litigator. intellectual at Key IP Law Group. He graduated from Cornell University in Biological Sciences and from the William & Mary Law School with a JD
Petit started at CAA in the mailroom in 2018, later serving as an assistant to Michael Gordon before being promoted to Global Television Coordinator in 2021. She graduated from La Haute Ecole de la Province de Liege in Communication and Public Relations in Entertainment, and, before CAA, worked at RTBF in Belgium.