CMC is owned and operated by Claire Savage and Cathy Baker who established their agency in 2014.
“Our management style is personal, creative and hands on”
Executive Director & Head Of Talent
Executive Director and Head of Talent Claire Savage (was McLennan) oversees all client services including recruitment, brand & image, social media, styling and marketing. Claire works directly with our clients across all their media contracts that include; merchandising, print, digital, TV, Radio, corporate and Theatre. Over the past 15 years she has worked locally and internationally in commercial advertising as a talent producer, project managed PR campaigns and managed the career’s of high profile TV and Radio hosts.
Claire has also a proven track record as a talent scout and has nurtured newcomers to radio, tv and the acting scene to become established performers. Claire brings relationships that she has established over the years with local and international media networks, production companies, casting directors, producers, program directors and executive producers to the benefit of our talent.
MD and Talent Manager Cathy Baker has clocked up a 30 year mainstream media career. Her credits include journalist, publicist, casting director, television program writer, and producer. She has worked across a wide range of genres on all networks including news and current affairs, lifestyle, variety, drama, documentary and game shows. Her experience transverses all platforms; commercial and subscription broadcasting, local and international production, radio and on-line content.
As a Talent Manager, Casting Director and Production Executive, Cathy has drawn on her professional media journey to identify, nurture and place talent in wide ranging genres and launch careers. Cathy brings a 360 view of the industry and proven track record of sourcing and managing contracts across all media -publishing, radio, TV , merchandising, commercial and digital. Like her business partner Claire.
Cathy is also passionate about the next generation of talented people and coined the term “Friend of your Career”.
James Grierson’s solid reputation across Australia’s media, arts and entertainment industries has come from his 20 years plus, managing high profile and established artists as well as developing newcomers careers with advice and sourcing opportunities. As a respected and dedicated manager James has represented credited talent locally and internationally. He has used his industry know-how and relationships to discover, develop and launch the careers of aspiring actors, writers and performers.
James graduated with an Economics and Accountancy degree from the Australian National University in 1991. He decided the corporate world wasn’t for him and immediately commenced managing and promoting bands in Queensland and then Melbourne from 1995. After completing a graduate diploma in Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin University he commenced work in the Melbourne Office of an International Management Company where he oversaw the career development of numerous actors, performers and presenters in the Australian film, TV and theatrical industries. He has extensive relationships with producers, casting directors, TV networks and theatre companies in Australia and continues to grow through his role at CMC Talent as head of the acting and performing division.
Lucy joined CMC Talent in July 2018 after more than 6 years in the advertising industry at one of the world’s most iconic global commercial agencies, Y&R.
In her time there she was Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, as well as the EA to the Chief Creative Officer. Lucy moved onto the role of Creative Services Manager liaising between creatives, sales and marketing for brands and the agency. She left that role to join CMC to run with Client Services. This role not only reunites her with many of CMC’s talented clients with whom she has worked with in the past, but also marks a professional reunion with Cathy and Claire. Prior to working in advertising Lucy worked alongside Cathy and Claire as a valued Talent Assistant before supervising her own management list of clients at Profile Talent Management. Before working in the Australian media and entertainment industry, Lucy studied a BA majoring in Media Studies & Art History, and spent 3 years in London where she worked as a Trading Floor Assistant amongst some of the world’s biggest Investment Banks.
Natalie joined CMC Talent in April 2021 after working for more than 10 years representing and co-ordinating local and international clients for speaking, trade, commercial and corporate engagements. Her experience as a speakers bureau agent has seen Natalie work with brands and companies to create tailored and dynamic opportunities for her talented clients for mutual commercial success.
Most recently Natalie spent 6 years in New York City where she was Manager of the in-house Speakers Bureau at HarperCollins Publishers, working on events with New York Times bestselling authors. This gave her an opportunity to combine her love of books with her expertise in events, and saw her work with authors on a range of events, from Fortune 500 corporations to extensive academic programs with universities and colleges across the USA.
Natalie (nee Duncan) began her career at Saxton Speakers Bureau where she spent three years managing corporate events and endorsements for hundreds of Australia’s top speakers, celebrities and musicians. Natalie then moved to Profile Talent Management where she managed the corporate division for three years. Prior to this, Natalie completed her Bachelor of Arts (Art History & Cultural Studies) at the University of Melbourne in 2005.
Managing Director – More Than Management
Alexandra Saundry is one of the leading figures in women’s sport, with her experience as both an AFLW player and a manager separating her from the pack.
She was drafted to the GWS Giants in their inaugural AFLW season and was the driving force behind Connors Sports Management (CSM) push into the female market. In her four and a half years at CSM, Alex developed a reputation as one of the leading managers in women’s footy, signing the likes of Katie Brennan, Tayla Harris and Darcy Vescio.
She has since gone from strength to strength: establishing More Than Management in 2018, adding some exciting talent to her stable and continuing to push women’s sport to new heights.
“My motto is “why wait for it to happen?” she says, “I want to help the competition go from strength to strength, player and performance wise but commercially as well.”
Since establishing herself as a leader in AFLW, Alex is making the push into other popular sports like soccer and netball. Her goal is to continue developing the women’s sporting landscape and provide more opportunities for all female athletes.
“I want to break new ground and give women’s sport the recognition it deserves” she says,
“My next move would be enlisting a great team around me to achieve bigger and better things and become a powerhouse in women’s sport.”
Alex operates with a get-up-and-go attitude and is active in pursuing bigger and better things for her athletes.