April 17, 2017 - Atlanta, GA - CSE Talent, a Cooper Holdings’ subsidiary company owned by Lonnie Cooper, announced today that it has acquired Arland Sports and has named Jason Wood President, Baseball where he will lead the baseball division for CSE Talent helping to further expand the business. Click inside to see more...
August 18, 2016 – CSE Talent client and The Washington Post national reporter Wesley Lowery announced his upcoming book, They Can’t Kill Us All, which is scheduled for release in late 2016 and will be published by Little, Brown and Company.
They Can’t Kill Us All, which is the first deeply reported book to bring alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray, is the culmination of two years of notes, interviews and life-changing experiences for Lowery.
Said Lowery in an article for TIME: “On August 11, 2014, I landed in Ferguson, Missouri for the first time to report on the death of Michael Brown, which had already sparked days of angry protests and nights of frightening violence. At most, I figured then, I’d spend about two or three days reporting the story. It’s been two years now. Protests have spread throughout the nation. And still the story isn’t done being told.
“Writing They Can’t Kill Us All is my latest attempt at grappling with our nation’s ongoing struggle with race, justice and ongoing penance for our original sin. In the months since Ferguson, Michael Brown’s name has been joined by John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.”
August 16, 2016 – Atlanta, GA – CSE Talent announced today that it has launched a new NFL player representation division, CSE Football, led by NFLPA-certified contract advisor Jason Katz.
Katz and CSE Football will be headquartered in Miami, FL.
“It has long been a goal of ours to establish a representation venture in the world of professional football and we are incredibly excited to add Jason to our dynamic team at CSE Talent,” said Lonnie Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Holdings. “Jason has represented All-Pro caliber NFL players and brings to CSE Talent a wealth of skills, knowledge and relationships in the industry. CSE Football, under the leadership of Jason, will make an immediate impact in the business of representing NFL players. He is the right person to spearhead this new endeavor and we believe that we have the groups in place at Cooper Holdings to give him all the resources he needs to succeed.”
“I’m incredibly appreciative of the opportunity provided by Lonnie Cooper and I’m excited to begin a new chapter in my career with the launching of CSE Football,” said Katz. “The in-house resources available via CSE Talent and Cooper Holdings are game-changers in the industry and will allow us to provide for our clients in a variety of ways. Lonnie and his team were the perfect partners at the right time and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us with this group.”
Jason’s brother, Michael, will also be working at CSE Talent.
June 22, 2016 – CSE Talent client Maggie Rulli joins ABC News as a multi-platform reporter. She will be based out of Washington, D.C.
Rulli joins ABC News after spending the previous four years at Channel One News in New York City, where she served as an anchor/reporter. During her stint at Channel One, Rulli covered stories across the country and from around the world, notably as a voice for the network on the ground in Iran during the nuclear deal negotiations, from Paris in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the city in 2015 and in Cuba immediately following the renewed diplomatic relations with the United States.
Additionally, Rulli has had the opportunity to interview First Lady Michelle Obama, provide an in-depth look at youth homelessness in America and also deliver a report on the state of nuclear weapons in the U.S.
June 20, 2016 – CSE Talent client Tyronn Lue led the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-1 series deficit to capture the 2016 NBA Championship, becoming the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 hole in The Finals and win the title. The championship is the first in the history of the Cavaliers franchise and is the city’s first professional sports title in 52 years.
Lue, who took over head coaching duties for the Cavaliers on January 22, 2016, became the third coach in NBA history to win a title after becoming the head coach of a team mid-season, joining Pat Riley (1982 & 2006) and Paul Westhead (1980), per ESPN Stats and Info. The Cavaliers won their first 10 games of the 2016 playoffs with Lue becoming the first coach in NBA history to win his first 10 postseason games as a head coach.
May 25, 2016 – CSE Talent client Hines Ward, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Super Bowl XL MVP, joins HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade as a sports contributor. Ward will also provide analysis and commentary on major sporting events and breaking news across all CNN platforms, including CNN/U.S., CNN Digital, CNN Money and CNN International from the network’s Atlanta-based studios.
“I’m incredibly grateful to HLN and CNN for welcoming me to their prestigious team,” said Ward. “Throughout my career, I’ve always envisioned myself as more than just a football player and this platform will allow me to express myself in different and unique ways. I’m excited to be able to share my journey and my stories with our audiences, both in the U.S. and worldwide.”
May 3, 2016 – CSE Talent client Bryant McFadden joins NFL Network’s “NFL HQ” as a guest analyst for four days during the week of May 2nd. McFadden will be providing analysis on the NFL’s top stories, as well as breaking down the events of last week’s NFL Draft.
Since retiring from the NFL in 2012, the two-time Super Bowl Champion McFadden has made a successful transition into a broadcasting career.
Currently, McFadden is a studio analyst for all-digital sports network, 120 Sports, where he discusses current events in the world of sports, including but not limited to football. He also hosts “Huddlecast,” the football podcast of his alma mater, Florida State University...
April 18, 2016 - CSE Talent client Wesley Lowery and The Washington Post staff today received a 2016 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for “Fatal Force”, a project that detailed the number of deadly police shootings throughout the country in 2015.
The Pulitzer Prize, celebrating its 100th year, is newspaper journalism’s highest honor.
Per Pulitzer.org, The Washington Post showed “revelatory initiative in creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be.”
Lowery, who spent much of 2014 covering incidents involving the killing of civilians by police officers, submitted a proposal to editors at The Post to build a database of fatalities involving law enforcement officials that would allow for the tracking and analyzing of related data. From research gathered by reporters, editors, researchers, photographers and graphic artists at The Post, the group discovered and detailed more than 990 fatal police shootings across the nation in 2015.
March 8, 2016 – CSE Talent clients Jim Larranaga, University of Miami Head Men's Basketball coach, and Mike Davis, Texas Southern University Head Men's Basketball coach, were each named the coach of the year in their respective conferences earlier this month.
Larranaga garnered ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in four seasons after leading the Hurricanes to a 24-6 overall record and a 13-5 mark in conference play. The Hurricanes defeated five ranked opponents en route to a school-record-tying 24 wins in the regular season, including an unblemished 9-0 mark in ACC home games. Miami has also been ranked in the polls a school-best 16-consecutive weeks and has achieved a Top 15 ranking for 13 of those weeks.
Davis was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Texas Southern to a regular season conference championship with a 16-2 record in SWAC play. For Davis, this is his third SWAC Coach of the Year honor in four seasons (2013, ’15, ‘16). Additionally, the Tigers have captured three SWAC regular season titles in Davis’ four years as head coach and have earned in a bid in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons...
February 29, 2016 – CSE Talent client Tony Harris’ newest project, documentary series "Hate in America" will debut exclusively on Discovery ID tonight, February 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Harris, an Emmy Award Winning journalist, teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its founder Morris Dees to produce and launch his newest investigative series, which became the first to showcase stories from the organization’s case files against organized hate in America. The series will focus on the SPLC’s battles against organized hate across the country, highlighting its lawsuit against the United Klans of America, the white supremacist Pioneer Little Europe group in Montana and the violent acts of domestic terrorists...