Reddit’s Wall Street Bets founder signed with a Hollywood talent agency that reps Jessica Alba and Kevin Hart

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  • Wall Street Bets founder Jaime Rogozinski signed with a Hollywood talent agency, Bloomberg reported.
  • United Talent Agency represents stars like Jessica Alba, Kevin Hart, and Seth Rogen.
  • Hollywood is trying to capitalize on the recent GameStop saga with various movies planned.
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Reddit’s Wall Street Bets founder Jaime Rogozinski signed with a Hollywood talent agency as the entertainment industry looks to capitalize on the GameStop saga, Bloomberg reported.

United Talent Agency, which represents big names such as Jessica Alba, Seth Rogen, and Kevin Hart, is adding the Reddit star to its catalog after investors on his thread, r/wallstreetbets, forced a historic rally in GameStop shares that hurt short sellers. GameStop stock has since fluctuated in price, but its gains remain near 1000% year-to-date, Markets Insider data shows.

United Talent Agency did not immediately respond to Insider’s request to confirm the news about Rogozinski. With UTA, Rogozinski may appear in podcasts and speak at a conference in the fall, Bloomberg reported.

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Hollywood has been picking up on the GameStop frenzy. MGM, for example, bought the film rights to a proposed book that will cover the saga. And last month, Deadline reported that Netflix is in talks to make a movie about what happened. That’s just two of the nine projects already in the works about GameStop, Bloomberg reported.

Rogozinski founded the Reddit group, r/wallstreetbets, in 2012, while he was working as an IT consultant. But the group only recently became popularized, as its members have helped pave the way for a frenzy in meme stocks, such as GameStop, AMC Entertainment, Blackberry, and Bed Bath & Beyond. In an interview, Rogozinski said seeing the GameStop rally was like watching a trainwreck in real-time.

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So many people visited the website for Seth Rogen’s new marijuana and home-goods company that the site crashed

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  • The website for Seth Rogen’s marijuana business experienced overwhelming traffic in its US launch.
  • The actor and his business partner first launched the brand Houseplant in Canada in 2019.
  • Houseplant is now selling pot and marijuana-related home goods in the US.
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On March 1, the actor Seth Rogen announced the US launch of his marijuana company, Houseplant, and said the brand’s strains would soon be available in California.

In addition to its cannabis offerings, Houseplant also sells lighters, ashtrays, and ceramic goods. On Thursday, the brand launched.

By midafternoon, the Houseplant site experienced so much traffic that it crashed, and the brand set up a “waiting room” for customers looking to get access to the site.

Less than an hour later, Rogen tweeted that the site had been taken offline to get it in better shape to support all the traffic. He told fans that many of the Houseplant products were still available.

Houseplant initially launched in Canada in May 2019. The launch on Thursday marked a move to the US market for Rogen and his longtime writing and business partner Evan Goldberg, as well as the brand’s CEO, Michael Mohr, a venture capitalist.

The brand sells bespoke strains of cannabis, which are packaged to look like vintage records. Rogen shared photos of a block-shaped lighter and ceramics from the brand on his social-media accounts as well.

Rogen told Architectural Digest that Houseplant was “trying to really consider people who smoke weed in a way that they have not been considered before.”

“Just like alcohol has martini shakers, wine glasses, and corkscrews. If you are someone who smokes weed, there is really none of that,” he said.

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A press release said that after Houseplant’s launch, the brand would be releasing new products from the “Housegoods” line “every few weeks.”

“We are thrilled by how insanely positive the response has been so far – we have been completely inundated with interest and requests, and our site has been overwhelmed with the amount of traffic,” a Houseplant spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Insider. “We are working hard to get the website back up and running again, and will be in communication with our customers all along the way to provide the best experience possible.”

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