Monday, May 20, 2024

Pop Tart Olivia Rodrigo Dumps Manager Who Made Her Famous for Bigger Name in Hollywood


As my late friend, John Connolly used to say, “this doesn’t make her a bad person.”

Pop tart of the year Olivia Rodrigo dumped her original manager last month. Kristen Smith made Rodrigo a star with the song “Driver’s License” and the album, “Sour.” Now Rodrigo is nominated for a bunch of Grammys. She’s 18 years old for a few more days.

Now, after ditching Smith, Rodrigo has signed with a big management company. Lighthouse Management + Media‘s Aleen Keshishian and Zack Morgenroth are taking over. They manage Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Rudd, among others. Thanks to for the scoop.

Cue the Disney song, “tale as old as time…” Most new stars struggle along with a manager who devotes themselves to creating fame, buzz, and success.Then they dump them. See: “Broadway Danny Rose.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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