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Ron Kaplan, Garry and Alex Buck join ICM Partners

ICM Partners has appointed seasoned US-based agents Ron Kaplan, Garry Buck and Alex Buck to its concerts division.

The trio join ICM Partners from Paradigm, which acquired Monterey International, the agency Kaplan and Garry Buck co-founded in 1994, three years ago. Kaplan and the Bucks bring a roster that includes Van Morrison, Roger Daltrey, Joss Stone, Whitesnake, Corinne Bailey Rae, Spyro Gyra and Stephen Stills’ the Rides to ICM.

Rob Prinz, head of worldwide concerts for ICM, comments: “I have known Ron and Garry as fierce competitors, talented and professional agents for decades. We are thrilled to welcome them and their tremendous clients to the ICM family.”

Kaplan and Garry Buck first worked together at Chicago-based agency Prestige (later American Famous Talent) in the mid 1980s, developing their rosters and routing global tours for rock, blues and Americana artists.

“I’m happy to find a home at ICM with so many like-minded agents”

Alex Buck joined them at Monterey International just over a decade ago.

Commenting on moving to ICM, Kaplan says: “It was Garry’s and my goal to find a collaborative team, who we could work closely with to provide our touring clients multi-faceted opportunities across all aspects of talent – including TV, movies, soundtrack, corporate and branding – while preserving our 30-plus year business partnership. We are so fortunate to find it at ICM.”

“I’m happy to find a home at ICM with so many like-minded agents, and truly excited for what the future holds,” adds Alex Buck.

The new hires follow a year of expansion for LA-based ICM Partners in 2020, which included a string of strategic hires and a partnership with the UK’s Primary Talent International.

 


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Paradigm buys Monterey International

Paradigm Talent Agency has acquired Chicago- and California-based agency Monterey International, including its 14 agents and 200 acts.

Monterey’s staff in Carmel, California, office will move to Paradigm’s base in Monterey. The Chicago office will remain unchanged.

It’s the latest acquisition for Paradigm, which entered into a strategic partnership with the UK’s X-Ray Touring in April. It’s owned 50% of British agency CODA since January 2014, and took over at AM Only and The Windish Agency following partnership deals in 2012 and 2015, respectively.

“We’re very pleased that all of the Monterey International agents will be joining us.”

“We’ve been proud of and have had enormous success from our association with the former Monterey Peninsula Artists, and we’re very pleased that all of the Monterey International agents will be joining us,” Paradigm CEO Sam Gores said.

In a statement Monterey International partners Garry Buck, Paul Goldman and Ron Kaplan said: “We are very passionate about the jobs we do and the artists we represent and have been for decades. We are thrilled to join the talented team at Paradigm and be able to provide the wide range of services to offer our agents and clients under their remarkable banner.”

Artists represented by Monterey International include BADBADNOTGOOD, The Budos Band, Dave Lee Roth, John Mayall, Joss Stone and Whitesnake.

 


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