Exclusive: Talent manager Chris Kiley has been promoted to partner in authentic talent and literary management after nearly 11 years with the company.
Kylie’s new role will see her take on increased responsibility in recruiting, hiring, and establishing and maintaining agency relationships, while continuing her day-to-day business as a manager and her mentor to junior employees.
The promotion follows founder and CEO John Rubinstein’s decision in 2021 to move the company away from a single leadership structure, with growth driven instead by a larger partnership group. Others who played key roles in the process after being named partners last year include Anne Woodward, Sean Elliott, Jane Berliner, Jill Kaplan, Vikram Dwar, Bob Glennon, Don Wongprapan, Meg Mortimer and Rick Dorfman.
Keeley’s promotion recognizes the role he has played in finding opportunities for creatives from under-represented communities, as a director who has long kept an eye on emerging talent.
“Chris has been a leader at Authentic for a long time, and this move honors his years of hard work and the extraordinary business he has built,” said Rubinstein. “He has demonstrated an unwavering and selfless commitment to his clients and honors our commitment to making Auran a more inclusive, fair, and human-centered company, making a positive impact on our industry and the world.”
Kiley added, “It is an honor to be recognized by my peers. Authentic has been an incredible place to push new narratives, take chances and nurture ideas. I’m excited and grateful to expand our scope and add an entrepreneurial, client-first mindset to the company.”
Kylie’s clients at Authentic include Barbie Ferrera (Excitement), Asia Kate Dillon (billions), Mitchell Slagert (Sex life of college girls) and Annabelle Dexter-Jones (legacy) Prior to her time at the company, she was a model agent for IMG Models and the Marilyn Agency, working with clients such as Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, and Brooklyn Decker, to name a few.
The LA and New York-based company’s newest partner, with clients in theater, film, literature, television and digital media, works with out-of-office Haitian-led and managed adult English schools, international exchanges, and leadership training programs, EIM Haiti.