Meet the Team
Robert A. Flutie
CEO & President
Robert A. Flutie can trace his passion for matching talent with opportunities to his early career in finance, and to the style driven aesthetic he attributes to his parents. Robert has spent the past 21 years in talent management; he learned its traditions, and is now an innovator of new ideas and strategies. Robert’s trajectory to the business was unconventional: he worked on Wall Street, studied advertising, and went to NYU film school before joining Company Models at the behest of his brother, Michael. He took on the roles of CFO and COO, and was responsible for expanding the breadth and depth of the business. He soon began to take a more active role on the talent side, with Michael as his mentor and collaborator. These diverse interests have given Robert a wide frame of reference when working with talent; helping him push the boundaries of what typical careers in entertainment look like.
Robert founded FLUTIE Entertainment after transitioning Jaime King’s career from modeling to acting. FLUTIE subsequently managed the careers of other notable artists, including Laura Prepon, Alexis Bledel, Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, Kyle Bornheimer, and Katlin Olson. Taking the core business of each client and expanding it vertically has always been the goal for Robert. His unconventional background is a asset to colleagues and clients; using his knowledge of advertising and finance along with his creative vision for storytelling, he enhances the brands of his clients and delivers them on multiple platforms to consumers. Guiding FLUTIE from its early days as a more traditional talent management company into what it is today is a great testament to Robert’s tenacity and pioneering drive to provide creative solutions in a rapidly changing industry.
Robert was born in New York, and attended Mercer University, Adelphi University, and NYU. Robert lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Founded by Executive Producer Michael Flutie, Michael is a pioneer in creating and producing talent. Flutie is one of the industry's preeminent talent brand managers and producers, with an iconic history for discovering and guiding careers, creating powerful images and content and brokering groundbreaking talent and brand deals.
Shab Azma is an expert at branding, licensing, and talent management. She brings over 20 years of experience and her extensive knowledge of the industry to the table with every client. Azma began her career in the consumer products division at Universal Studios, managing licensing and branding for the studio’s mega hit properties such as Jurassic Park, Curious George, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and many other box office hits. She was recruited to become the Director of Licensing at Brand Sense Marketing, putting her in charge of clients such as Britney Spears, Dodge Motorsports, and Donald Trump.
Working with celebrities became a real area of expertise, leading Azma to management at The Firm. As Vice President of Licensing and Branding, she helped bridge the gap between celebrities and their intellectual property, and was in charge of managing licensing and brand extensions for several high profile clients like Build-A-Bear Workshop and Arthur as well as films released by Revolution Studios. Azma joined FLUTIE as a partner in 2009. The boutique size attracted her, as well as the passion and dedication the team has for clients. Some of her highlights at FLUTIE have been creating retail licensing programs for clients Sabrina Soto and Nicole Curtis and partnering up client Taniya Nayak with Ellen Degeneres as the brand ambassador for ED On Air. Azma was an active team player in securing a licensing deal for Carter Oosterhouse’s furniture line, Carter’s Kids; she was also a key player in the launch of the POPSUGAR Must Have monthly subscription box.
Azma is a musician at heart, and loves playing piano with her son. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.
Senior Talent Brand Manager
Danielle Iturbe has an eye for strategically partnering talent with major consumer brands. She has been with FLUTIE since 2010, establishing the New York office in 2014. After receiving her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of the Pacific, she completed her JD at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA. Finding inspiration in entertainment and contracts law while at law school motivated her to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in talent management. After successfully passing the California Bar, Iturbe was invited to join Flutie Entertainment in the lifestyle department.
Iturbe has expertise in representing clients globally across multiple platforms; including securing brand endorsements, television and digital projects, book deals, and licensing opportunities. She enjoys working with clients and brands to ideate concepts for television, digital, new marketing initiatives, or cool new product lines. Iturbe has brokered and executed major endorsement deals with brands like Mitsubishi Electric, Allstate, Velcro, Sodexo, Campbell’s, Home Depot, RustOleum, Schick, and Advil. Being part of the process from inception to execution and seeing the final product out in the marketplace is tremendously rewarding for her.
Iturbe lives in Los Angeles, and spends her free time reading, traveling, and chasing around her dog, Louie.
COO and Head of Business Affairs
Maryann Flutie has served as the COO and Head of Business Affairs at Flutie Entertainment for over a decade. She comes from a Law background, and brings that expertise to the company. Maryann graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College and received her JD degree from the prestigious Villanova University School of Law. She spent twelve years practicing aviation litigation in New York City with the nation’s leading aviation law firm before moving to California in 2003. Maryann has come to find that what she loves most is being a part of a thriving family business. Working with great people and talented clients who the firm builds into globally recognized brands are what she considers to be the perks of her role. Maryann enjoys working for a company that gives a high level of individualized attention to each client and promotes their best interests, because they are members of the Flutie family. Outside of the office, Maryann is a busy mom of three who enjoys travel and tennis, which she played competitively at the collegiate level.
Zach Chiprut joins Flutie Entertainment with 6 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Chiprut was most recently a Talent Manager with The Conversation Company, a boutique talent management firm. There, he worked with such artists as Darrell Hammond, Ray Romano, and Robert Klein. Chiprut’s keen eye for talent lead him to discover budding young comedian Feraz Ozel who, as a performer and writer, is a rapidly rising star in the entertainment industry. Chiprut recieved his BA in 2009 from SUNY Oneonta. He majored in Music Industry and minored in Business. In his spare time, he can be found watching Top Chef with his wife, Danielle, and their two dogs, Hank and Alfie.
Associates & Staff
Digital Content Manager