How Meghan Markle kept her Hollywood power lawyer and agent despite joining the royal family | royal family-Daily Mail Online

The elite Hollywood team Meghan Markle secretly retained throughout her time in the British royal family are poring over a host of multi-million dollar offers, DailyMail.com can reveal.

The former Suits actress kept on the high-powered team to look after her future career despite marrying into the Royal Family.

And with the announcement last week that Meghan and Harry are to step down as ‘senior royals’ and become financially independent, her team is now primed for the next chapter – and has already begun making moves, quietly relocating her business interests to the ultra-discreet state of Delaware.

Hollywood agent Nick Collins of The Gersh Agency, whose clients include Tobey Maguire and Jamie Foxx, is handling lucrative film, TV and philanthropic offers and opportunities on behalf of the couple from around the world, DailyMail.com can disclose.

Meghan Markle kept her Hollywood lawyer, agent and business manager despite joining the royal family so she could stay in the loop with lucrative deals, sources tell DailyMail.com 

Meghan’s Hollywood power lawyer Rick Genow (left) and business manager Andrew Meyer (right) are working behind the scenes planning her next major moves 

Hollywood agent Nick Collins of The Gersh Agency, is handling lucrative film, TV and philanthropic offers and opportunities on behalf of the couple. Collins is a long time friend of Meghan having represented her during Suits and he attended her and Harry’s royal wedding

Meghan’s Beverly Hills business manager Andrew Meyer is also working behind the scenes planning her next major moves, while Hollywood power lawyer Rick Genow is also heavily involved.

Entertainment firm partner Collins is a long time friend of Meghan having represented her during her Suits days and he attended her and Harry’s royal wedding in May, 2018.

It’s understood he will handle any talks with big money Silicon Valley investors, Hollywood studios, as well as TV giants like Amazon, Netflix and Hulu.

Interestingly, DailyMail.com can reveal that Meghan’s team has already discreetly made a significant move involving the Duchess’ company Frim Fram Inc – the firm behind her popular lifestyle blog The Tig.

According to Delaware business records, on December 30, 2019, Frim Fram Inc was registered as a new corporation in the state.

The following day, according to California business records, Frim Fram Inc California was ‘Merged Out’ and incorporated with the Delaware company.

This is significant because Delaware is known as a haven for firms seeking extreme corporate secrecy.

Registering a company in the east coast state does not require the disclosure of the identities of the owners and for as little as $50 the owners can hire a registered agent to represent them.

All financial information relating to the company is kept confidential.

The move shows that Meghan plans to keep her and Harry’s business as secret as possible.

Almost 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware, making it the state with more corporations registered within its borders than people.

Frim Fram was the vehicle the Duchess used to run her website The Tig, named for her favorite wine, Tignanello, from Tuscany, Italy. It was a ‘hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion, and beauty’ and documented her lifestyle and views.

Just before her engagement to Prince Harry in November, 2017 Meghan shut down The Tig and its associated social media accounts.

At the time Rachel Meghan Markle was listed as the president of Frim Fram. Shortly afterwards business manager Meyer and lawyer Genow, took over and were listed as CEO and secretary.

In September last year Meyer filed to renew the trademark for The Tig. The palace said the move was intended to keep others using the trademark for bogus purposes.

But it now appears that Meghan is planning to reignite Frim Fram Inc, giving her a corporate vehicle for the earnings she can anticipate.

Experts say that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have the potential to rake in tens of millions of dollars annually, particularly if they choose to follow in the lucrative footsteps of Barack and Michelle Obama with public speaking opportunities, books, and TV deals. Additionally, Markle could endorse fashion and beauty products.

According to Delaware business records, on December 30, 2019, Meghan’s company Frim Fram Inc was registered as a new corporation in the very secretive state

The following day, on December 31, 2019, Frim Fram Inc California was ‘Merged Out’ and incorporated with the Delaware company

Genow and Meyer (right) posed together at The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyer’s Breakfast in March, 2019. They are pictured with lawyer and former presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ husband Douglas Emhoff (left) and Patricia Wheeler (center, left) 

A source close to Meghan, 38, told DailyMail.com: ‘Nick Collins has been keeping Meghan in the loop on offers from networks and filmmakers with a view to using those opportunities in the future.

‘Andrew and Rick are very much handling the business operation behind the scenes.

‘Meghan and Harry see themselves moving towards TV, multi-media and social media platforms and want to produce thought provoking content designed to highlight their causes.

‘They have been pondering for a long time what their next move will be.

‘And it became abundantly clear that Meghan and Harry felt that working alongside technology giants and Hollywood studios and creating their own media projects was a natural fit.

Meghan’s agent Nick Collins has been with her since she played Rachel Zane on Suits 

‘And this is the way they felt they could raise awareness and funds for their charitable foundation.’

The source said that former Suits actress Meghan has no plans to step back in front of the camera though – other than maybe to host or narrate.

She is more focused on producing ground-breaking content to promote her and Harry’s charitable causes.

‘The message is clear, this is about them being documentarians or charity leaders, using their popularity for good causes,’ the source said.

Key to the trio is Nick Collins, who is a partner in The Gersh Agency and its co-head of talent. The agency represents clients including Kristen Stewart, Adam Driver, Tobey Maguire and Jamie Foxx. Gersh has offices in Beverly Hills and New York.

Collins, based in LA, started at the agency as an assistant in 2005, working for Bob Gersh. He was promoted to agent in 2007 and was named partner in 2015.

Collins’ roster of clients includes Taylor Kinney, the star of drama series Chicago Fire and former fiance of singer Lady Gaga, Courtney B. Vance, who appeared in The People v. O.J. Simpson and Megan Boone, from NBC drama series The Blacklist.

Meghan’s silver-haired entertainment business manager Meyer is also no stranger to working with screen talent, having helped Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, film actress and comedienne Kathryn Hahn, who starred in Anchorman, and Big Little Lies heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard.

Meyer, 50, is founding Partner at Beverly Hills based firm Freemark Financial, LLP.

According to the company website it is ‘a preeminent Wealth and Business Management Firm for individuals as well as their companies in the Television, Film, Music, Production and Publishing Industries’.

Meyer, who is a certified public accountant lives with his wife Stephanie in a $6million, six-bed, 6,000 sq ft property in the exclusive Holmby Hills in LA.

In November 2017, Rachel Meghan Markle was listed as the president of Frim Fram, just before her engagement to Prince Harry. Shortly afterwards business manager Meyer and lawyer Genow took over and were listed as CEO and secretary

Just before her engagement to Prince Harry in November 2017 Meghan shut down her blog The Tig and its associated social media accounts

Like Collins and Meyer, Meghan’s attorney Rick Genow is also based in Beverly Hills.

Genow is a founding partner of Hollywood powerhouse law firm Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.

He has represented Sir Ben Kingsley, As Good as it Gets star Greg Kinnear, Black-ish star Anthony Anderson and Goosebumps actress Odeya Rush.

He also handles big Hollywood production companies including Vertigo Entertainment, which was behind The Departed and The Lego Movie; BenderSpink, known for A History of Violence, We’re The Millers; and Principato-Young Entertainment, producers of Black-ish.

The Harvard graduate and former Paramount Pictures executive lives with wife Mary Fulginiti, a former assistant U.S. attorney and national correspondent for ABC News turned cyber security firm boss, in their $5million four-bed property in upscale Pacific Palisades.

Genow, 56, also runs Traction Media, Sisso Inc and Marcus Stansel Productions Inc and according to IMDB is credited as executive producer on Patricia Arquette movie The Wannabe in 2015.

He also receives a ‘special thanks’ credit on several other movies, including 2016 raunchy comedy Fifty Shades of Black.

Genow and Meyer posed together at The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyer’s Breakfast in March, 2019.

An industry source in the US told DailyMail.com that Meghan was sensible to maintain her Hollywood links.

‘It is mind-blowing to know how many offers the royal couple receive on a monthly basis. It could honestly total up to a billion dollars,’ the source said.

‘But at the same time there are offers of help in philanthropic and fund raising circles through film studios, acclaimed Hollywood stars, billionaires and entrepreneurs.

‘Nick is a friend first, but is aware of the value of Meghan to the Hollywood community.

‘Together with Harry they could have any studio jump at their request for a viable project, which would generate vast sums of money. Meghan really does hold the cards.’

A source said that the former Suits actress has no plans to step back in front of the camera though – other than maybe to host or narrate.’It is mind-blowing to know how many offers the royal couple receive on a monthly basis. It could honestly total up to a billion dollars,’ the source said

The source added that there had been rumors in recent months in Silicon Valley of the royal couple receiving interest from the likes of Facebook and Amazon on projects.

‘Obviously the couple has other major highly influential show business and political friends like the Obamas, George and Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey,’ the source added.

The Hollywood team worked in the shadows, while in public Meghan and Harry’s team included PR chief Sara Latham, who was a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, working for them.

DailyMail.com previously revealed how The Duchess has been working closely with PR advisor and close friend Keleigh Thomas Morgan on building a U.S. strategy for her and Harry’s charity venture – Sussex Royal.

DailyMail.com reached out to Collins, Meyer and Genow for comment. A request for comment was also submitted to Meghan and Harry’s PR rep.

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Scarlett Johansson’s Two Oscar Nominations Puts Her in Elite Club – Variety

Before Monday morning, Scarlett Johansson had somehow never been nominated for an Oscar. And now, with her nominations for best actress (for “Marriage Story”) and best supporting actress (for “Jojo Rabbit”), the 35-year-old joins one of the most elite clubs in Hollywood: Actors who have been Oscar-nominated twice in the same year.

While actors are prevented from earning two nominations within the same category, they can be nominated in the same year for lead and supporting performances. But it’s exceedingly rare. Prior to Johansson, only 11 other actors have earned double nominations in the same year in Oscar history.

Fay Bainter was first to pull off the feat. She earned a best actress nomination for the 1938 drama “White Banners,” but lost to Bette Davis for “Jezebel” — which was fine, since Bainter won best supporting actress for her performance opposite Davis in that film.

Four years later, Teresa Wright went through the same experience: She earned nods for best actress for “The Pride of the Yankees” and best supporting actress for “Mrs. Miniver,” winning the latter and losing the former to her “Mrs. Miniver” co-star Greer Garson.

The first man to earn a double nomination, Barry Fitzgerald, is also the only actor to earn double nominations for the same performance: As Father Fitzgibbon in the 1944 Bing Crosby vehicle “Going My Way,” Fitzgerald earned nominations for best actor and best supporting actor. Fitzgerald won for the supporting category, and the Academy changed the rules preventing actors from earning two nominations for the same role.

After Fitzgerald, it took 38 years for another double nomination: Jessica Lange, for 1982’s “Frances” (best actress) and “Tootsie” (best supporting actress, which she won). Four years later, Sigourney Weaver became the first actor to earn double nods — best actress for “Gorillas in the Mist” and best supporting actress for “Working Girl” — without winning either of them.

The year Al Pacino won his first and only Oscar, best actor for 1992’s “Scent of a Woman,” he was also nominated for best supporting actor for “Glengarry Glen Ross.” The following year also made Oscars history, when two actors — Emma Thompson and Holly Hunter — both earned double nominations, but only one walked away with a statue. Thompson was nominated for “The Remains of the Day” (for best actress) and “In the Name of the Father” (for best supporting actress), but she lost both categories. Instead, Hunter became the first double nominee to win in the leading category, for “The Piano”; she lost her best supporting actress nomination (for “The Firm”) to her co-star in “The Piano,” Anna Paquin.

Three actors were double nominated in the 2000s. Julianne Moore earned nods for best actress for 2002’s “Far From Heaven” and best supporting actress for “The Hours,” but lost both — the former to her “The Hours” co-star Nicole Kidman, the latter to “Chicago’s” Catherine Zeta-Jones. Jamie Foxx, meanwhile, won best actor for 2004’s “Ray” and lost best supporting actor for “Collateral.”

Three years later, Cate Blanchett became the first woman to earn two Oscar nominations for the same role (best actress for 2007’s “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” after her nomination in the same category for 1998’s “Elizabeth”) and only the second woman to earn a nomination for playing a cisgender man (best supporting actress for playing Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There,” after Linda Hunt’s Oscar-winning performance for 1983’s “The Year of Living Dangerously”). But she ultimately lost both categories.

Now Johansson has joined their ranks. To date, she’s not been a favorite to win in either category, and recent history suggests two nominations isn’t going to sway voters to her favor, either. Given Johannson’s rarefied company, however, this is truly a moment when it’s honor just to be nominated — twice.

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OPINION | Opinion: Why a move to Canada makes sense for Prince Harry and Meghan | CBC News

This column is an opinion by Alana India Anderson, a British-Canadian entertainment journalist and editor currently living in London, U.K. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ.

In recent days, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has been branded an “ego-crazed” leech, “incredibly irritating,” and “insufferable” by esteemed members of the British press. And yet they’re shocked that she’s made the decision, along with her husband Prince Harry, to leave the U.K. for North America.

On Monday, the Queen released a statement saying the Royal Family “respect” and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family, while remaining a valued part of the institution. “It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K.,” it read.

Since the couple made their decision to “step back” from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family last Wednesday, the U.K. media has been thrown into a frenzy. How could they do this to the Queen? What does this new “progressive role” mean? Who will be paying for their security costs overseas?

But most importantly, why move to Canada?

Having immigrated to Canada from London 20 years ago for a better quality of life, I know the appeal all too well.

In fact, although I’m currently working in the media in the U.K., I still regularly visit the country that welcomed me and my family with open arms, so I’m well aware of the social and cultural differences. There’s no doubt that Harry and Meghan would enjoy a relatively peaceful life if they relocate to Canada.

Toronto is where Harry and Meghan started their relationship four years ago, and where she lived for several years while filming the TV series Suits. Besides familiarity, Canada offers a fresh sense of stress-free simplicity they are not afforded in the U.K.

 

Not only is celebrity culture almost non-existent in Canada, but fascination with the Royal Family tends to take a far more friendly tone.

In contrast, there’s no escaping the paparazzi in places like London.

While the U.K.’s reality TV stars relish the flashing bulbs of photographers, several celebrities will recall “terrifying” experiences of erratic driving and little to no privacy as photographers go to extreme lengths to get “the shot.” This is because there is no governing body for paparazzi — it’s a grey area.

The paparazzi and tabloid culture prevalent in the U.K. is clearly something Harry is wary of. Last year, the Prince said that every camera flash “takes him back” to the tragedy of his mother’s death in 1997, grief which he compared to a “wound that festers.”

 

And the media attention in Europe can be unrelenting.

Kate Middleton and Prince William won £91,000 in damages in a French court verdict in 2017, for example, after topless paparazzi photographs of the Duchess were published in a French celebrity magazine. The couple said the incident was a “serious breach of privacy.”

It’s telling that only one photograph emerged during Harry and Meghan’s recent six-week Christmas holiday on Vancouver Island — an image they released on their own terms, showing Harry with their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in front of a dazzling backdrop of water and mountains.

 

Is it so wrong for Harry, who has not only grown up under the weight of media attention but also faced such tragedy in his life, to want some peace? After all, the couple who have put such a spotlight on mental health surely deserve to look after their own.

Escaping the relentless pressure of media attention by itself isn’t the only incentive for the family to leave the U.K.  Since their first meeting, Meghan’s race has been the talking point of headlines adorning British tabloids.

Toned-down prejudice has seen the Duchess described as having “rich and exotic DNA” and being “almost straight out of Compton.”

The fact that she makes mixed-race women, such as myself, feel more in-touch with their identity is merely overlooked. Despite 1.2 million people identifying as mixed-race in Britain, Meghan is often reduced to being an outsider.

Meghan has openly expressed her struggle to adapt to British tabloid scrutiny, saying she “tried to adopt” the “British sensibility of a stiff upper lip.”

It’s a struggle that now appears over, resulting in the U.K. losing a progressive and refreshing couple who are not only responsible for bringing in millions of dollars in tourism, retail and fashion, but also newspaper sales and website clicks.

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They wouldn’t be the first members of the Royal Family to see the attraction of Canada. Speaking in Toronto in 2010, the Queen praised the “vast, rich and varied” country for “inspiring its own and attracting many others.” And Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Patricia of Connaught, resided in Canada from 1911 to 1916 and acted as hostess for her father, Prince Arthur, during his term as governor general. The Princess’s portrait was even on the $1 banknote issued in 1917. 

Of course, there’s no guarantee the paparazzi wouldn’t follow them, the way they did when Charles, Diana, William and Harry visited in 1991.

But a move to Canada would likely mean at least a reduction in the media scrutiny of Harry, Meghan and Archie. And that spotlight is something Harry has tried to escape his entire life, a significant curiosity about his private life which he has admitted he has “never been comfortable with.”

And it could also see the Royal Family spread its wings and become an international brand in a country where, unlike the U.S., Harry and Meghan are less regarded as “celebrities,” but are undeniably extremely popular.

Viewed from that perspective, Harry and Meghan relocating to Canada could be a win for their family — and the Royal Family.

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