Ryan Saul Joins The Cartel


The Cartel, a U.S.-based production, finance and management firm, has appointed Ryan Saul as manager and producer and promoted Bradford Bricken to partner.

Saul, APA’s former head of Motion Picture Literary, began his career as an executive assistant at the Walt Disney Company. Most recently, he was a Motion Picture Literary agent at Paradigm Talent Agency. His clients have included Tim Reckart (currently directing High in the Clouds for Netflix), Josh Trank (Chronical, Fantastic Four), and Wes Ball (Maze Runner franchise, Planet of the Apes). He has also helped put together independent films like Stockholm, Meadowland and Dear Zoe, as well as documentaries such as Hit So Hard and Pierre Cardin. In animation, he’s put together projects like Klaus, Head in the Clouds, Open Season, Hotel Transylvania, Chicken Little and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Bricken has been a manager at The Cartel since 2014. He was most recently the executive producer on Netflix’s Twelve Forever alongside Stan Spry and Jeff Holland at The Cartel. He started his career in the Abrams Artists Agency mailroom before he was promoted to agent in the voiceover division. He later opened up Bricken Entertainment.

Stan Spry, co-CEO at The Cartel, said: “The Cartel is thrilled to have an agent of Ryan’s caliber joining the team. Ryan has always had a penchant for discovering young talent, and his ability to nurture that talent is something we pride ourselves in here at The Cartel. Most people in this business have appreciated the managerial style he has brought to agenting, and it was only a matter of time before he made the jump. We’re just glad he is doing it with us.”

Jeff Holland, co-CEO at The Cartel, added: “Bradford has been an incredible asset of the Cartel team for the last six years. He embodies the qualities that we want to represent our company. Bradford is driven, hard-working and a class-act. We are honored to make him a partner at The Cartel.”

Bricken said: “I’m thrilled to be a partner at The Cartel and excited for the continued and expansive growth of this dynamic and entrepreneurial company.”