CHRISTOPHER S. NASSIF
Influencing Entertainment for Over 35 Years
Christopher Nassif has been an influencer in the entertainment industry for the past thirty- five years. During that time he has represented actors, directors, producers, editors, and has packaged many television and feature film projects. A small glimpse at his rolodex of clients would reveal names such as; Sofia Vergara, Kunal Nayyar, James Van Der Beek, Vivica A. Fox, Jay Hernandez, Michael Weatherly, Luke Perry, Fran Drescher, Chrissy Metz, Evander Holyfield, and Martin Landau, just to name a few.
Currently Christopher's focus is entertainment consulting, brand management and crisis communications.
CHRISTOPHER NASSIF BIO
Christopher Nassif, also known professionally as Chris Nassif, started his career after graduating USC at 21 as the youngest person in America to start a talent agency. His illustrious career in the entertainment industry has continued on for the past 35 years. During that time, he has represented actors, directors, producers, editors, and has packaged many television and feature film projects. In February of 2000, he decided that he wanted to expand his representation abilities more broadly than the traditional talent agency model and merged C.N.A. with Premiere Artists Agency to form Diverse Talent Group. Nassif’s business philosophy is to help clients broaden their expertise into new areas of the entertainment industry. He has set up production companies, crossed music stars into television and film, and helped writers to become successful directors. Nassif has also taken an interest in law enforcement as a reserve deputy for the Los Angeles county sheriff’s department as well as being on reserve status with the Inglewood School Police Department. He is also on the Homeland Security Advisory Council Region 1, as well as a board member of the sheriff’s youth foundation for Los Angeles County. Diverse Talent has been consistently recognized as one of the best talent and literary agencies since its inception by being named as one of the Top agencies by the Los Angeles Business Journal for almost a decade. Years ago, Nassif had the foresight to cross over superstar Ricky Martin to the American market place. He was able to get Ricky the largest development deal ever at ABC to establish him as a television and film star, and was directly responsible for the Latin explosion in the entertainment marketplace. Nassif has represented the following talents: Sofia Vergara, Kunal Nayyar, James Van Der Beek, Vivica A. Fox, Jay Hernandez, Michael Weatherly, Luke Perry, Fran Drescher, Chrissy Metz, Evander Holyfield, and Martin Landau, just to name a few.
Film and Television - Diverse Talent Group Chris Nassif - Diverse Talent Group represented actors and directors on leading prime-time television shows including Big Bang Theory, Lost, 24, House, Bones, Wildfire, Prison Break, Deadwood, NCIS, Criminal Minds, 7th Heaven, Charmed, One Tree Hill, and Las Vegas, just to name a few. He also has negotiated deals for soap stars on leading daytime shows such as The Young and the Restless, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. Diverse Talent Group also booked client's lead roles in feature films such as Dreamgirls, Transformers & many more. With the expansion of the talent agency, more divisions were created, including a commercial division, youth department, music division and television packaging. The company also represented below-the-line talent including editors, DPs, visual effects AT&T, Sprint, Bell South, Verizon, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Time Warner, Burger King, and NYSE. The company was based in Los Angeles and had 35 employees.
Partnerships Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM), a leading independent content distributor, announced a North American distribution deal on January 17, 2018 with Insurrection Entertainment, the newly formed production company founded by entertainment industry visionary, Chris Nassif and Richard Brandes. As part of the multi-year pact, Insurrection will develop and produce a slate of new pictures across high-performing, commercial genres including family/holiday, action, thriller and western. Cinedigm will oversee theatrical, home video, television and digital distribution for the pictures. Most recently, Nassif and Brandes served as Co-Producers on JEEPERS CREEPERS 3, the successful third entry in the fan-favorite horror franchise. With over thirty-five years in entertainment, Nassif is the former founder and CEO of CNA and Diverse Talent Group. As a producer, Nassif’s credits include WHO STOLE MY DAUGHTER, DESECRATED, AMERICAN FEDERALE MONSTER MUTT and Category 5. The agreement further bolsters Cinedigm’s diverse portfolio of independent features and reflects the distributor’s willingness to develop strategic partnerships with established producers, production companies and financiers, who work in the indie space. These pacts provide content for Cinedigm to distribute through traditional distribution channels as well as its expanding over-the-top (OTT) digital networks, including the Dove Channel, CONTV, and Docurama. “We could not be more thrilled to work with longtime industry veterans like Richard and Chris,” said Yolanda Macias, Executive Vice- President of Acquisitions for Cinedigm. “With their extensive relationships, experience and track record with indie films, we are confident that they will deliver exciting new pictures under our deal.” “We have been looking for a collaborative distribution partner,” said Nassif. “Cinedigm’s team understands the marketplace very well, and we value their input to help to maximize the commercial appeal of our pictures. “Cinedigm boasts wide distribution reach, and leadership that is forward-looking and savvy,” said Nassif. “As the home entertainment landscape continues to quickly evolve, we are thrilled to partner with a company with direct access to both traditional distribution channels as well as their own OTT network.” The deal was negotiated by Cinedigm’s Melody Fowler, Vice-President of Acquisitions, and Nassif on behalf of Insurrection.
THE MOVIE FRANCHISE PIRANAH
October 2020 - Current
Piranha is a 1978 American horror B movie about a swarm of killer piranhas. It was directed and co-edited by Joe Dante and starred Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Steele, and Dick Miller. Produced by Roger Corman, Piranha is a parody of the 1975 film Jaws, which had been a major success for distributor Universal Studios and director Steven Spielberg, and inspired a series of similarly themed B movies such as Grizzly.
Piranha II: The Spawning, also known as Piranha II: Flying Killers, is a 1981 horror film and the sequel to the 1978 low-budget cult film Piranha, and the feature film directorial debut of James Cameron.
The 1978 film involves a private investigator Maggie McNamara from Lyon Investigation is hired by the wealthy J.R. Randolph to find his niece that has disappeared with her boyfriend. Maggie seeks out the lonely environmentalist Paul Grogan to help her to look for the teenager. They head to an abandoned army facility and Maggie decides to drain the pools to see whether the body of the girl is there. They are assaulted by a woman with a crowbar but they subdue her. However she escapes and soon they learn that the woman is Dr. Leticia Baines, who is researching a hybrid species of piranha that is capable to survive in fresh and sea waters for military purpose. Further, Maggie has release the piranhas on the river and they are heading to the Lost River Lake Resort. Maggie and Paul inform the corrupt local Sheriff but Randolph tells him to lock them up since he does not want to jeopardize the party he has promoted to his resort.
Piranha, also known as Piranhas, is a 1995 American horror film directed by Scott P. Levy about a school of killer piranha descending upon the bustling Lost River Lake Resort. Produced by Roger Corman for the Showtime network, the film is a remake of the 1978 film Piranha, directed by Joe Dante.
Piranha 3D is a 2010 American 3D horror comedy film and a remake of the 1978 film Piranha. It was directed by Alexandre Aja and sports an ensemble cast featuring Steven R. McQueen, Jessica Szohr, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Kelly Brook, Riley Steele, Ving Rhames and Eli Roth. The film begins with a sudden underwater tremor that free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.
Piranha 3DD is a 2012 American 3D comedy horror film and sequel to the 2010 film Piranha 3D. It is directed by John Gulager from a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. It stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, Chris Zylka, Katrina Bowden, Gary Busey, Christopher Lloyd, and David Hasselhoff. Production began on April 27, 2011 with a release scheduled for November 23, 2011, but a month prior to release this date was revised to an unspecified 2012 date. The film was eventually released in the UK on May 11, 2012 and in the U.S. on June 1, 2012.
REALITY/LIFESTYLE PROJECT: JET SET CHEF
SEPTEMBER 2020 - CURRENT
Project with LaRoyce Hawkins from Chicago P.D. and undiscovered talent Chef Massimo Gaffo. Finished filming in Chicago at the end of September and are currently in post production. Check in here for a glimpse of the sizzle reel soon!
Chris was literally born beneath the Hollywood sign and has been intrenched in the entertainment industry for over 35 years. His wealth of knowledge and the depth of his rolodex has paid dividends for all of his clients. What can he do for you?
Chris has an intense focus on the process of maintaining, improving, and upholding his clients brand so that their name is associated with positive results.
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND CRISIS COMMUNICATION
If you need your name or your companies name out there for the world to hear, I am your guy. If you or your organization is facing a public challenge to its reputation I can help.