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ICM’s Robert Gibbs promoted to head of department

Robert Gibbs has been promoted to head of contemporary music at ICM Partners, after 14 years at the company.

Gibbs moved from CAA to ICM in 2006 and was made a partner at the company in 2016.

His current roster includes artists such as J.Cole, PartyNextDoor and Ari Lennox and his work has earned him a spot on the Billboard Power 100 list for two years running.

“Robert is a fabulous agent, individual and an impactful leader. I am very proud of him and all that he has accomplished in his fourteen years at ICM,” said CEO, Chris Silbermann.

“We began discussing this well-deserved promotion last October and but for the pandemic, this would have happened sooner. He has earned this promotion with sustained levels of excellence in all aspects of the job and makes our organization stronger. I am thrilled for him and us.”

Robert Gibbs says: “ICM has built the best culture of any major agency and I am proud to take a leadership role within this organization.

“We have been fortifying the department even during the pandemic”

“We are the last and only major agency solely dedicated to the representation business and it shows in the manner in which we work for artists to achieve their dreams. We have been building and fortifying the department even during the pandemic and our contemporary music team is one I am proud to now lead.”

ICM’s international touring business includes artists such as Khalid, J. Cole, Migos, Good Charlotte, Charlie Wilson, Limp Bizkit, Sinead O’Connor, Suicideboys and Boyz II Men.

Other ICM clients include actors Samuel L. Jackson, Sir Patrick Stewart, John Travolta and Christoph Waltz, comedians Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, filmmaker Spike Lee and wrestler-actor John Cena. In addition to LA, the agency – formerly International Creative Management – also has offices in London, New York and Washington DC.

Earlier this year, ICM allied with Primary Talent International, one of London’s last major independent booking agencies.

Primary – home to the 1975, Stormzy and Dave – is retaining its name and team while benefitting from LA-based ICM’s “global scale”. While ICM’s international touring business will get a boost from the allyship.

ICM agent Yves Pierre, who represents artists including Lil Yachty, talked about navigating the world of livestreaming and why people must “put themselves on the line” to achieve a more diverse industry for IQ‘s Tales from Covid series.

 


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Paradigm promotes four to agent

Paradigm has announced four agent promotions across its New York and Los Angeles offices, including two within its music division.

New music agent Len Chenfeld began his career at APA, later opening his own agency, Modern Sound Entertainment. He joined Paradigm in 2018 as a coordinator in the music division, working with clients including Zedd, Skrillex, Oliver Tree and Whethan. His own roster includes Joe Kay, KennyHoopla, Rebūke, Ritt Momney, Soulection, TOKiMONSTA, Y2K, and Yung Bae.

“We welcome these talented colleagues to our agent ranks, and we look forward to their many contributions”

Brittany Miller, who has also been promoted to an agent in the music division, joined Paradigm in 2014 through the New York office of AM Only, which merged into Paradigm in 2017. She worked as an assistant and later coordinator to agent Alan Gary, working with clients including 4B, Audien, Bingo Players, Madeon, Porter Robinson, and SAYMYNAME.

Elsewhere, promotions were made in the motion picture literary and talent departments, with Melisa Baloglu and Ryan Theobalt becoming agents.

“We are delighted to announce the promotions of Melisa, Len, Brittany and Ryan, which reflect not only the hard work, tenacity and passion they bring each day as client advocates, but also their commitment to our values as a company,” comments Paradigm CEO and founder Sam Gores.

“We welcome these talented colleagues to our agent ranks, and we look forward to their many contributions.”

 


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UTA announces agent, exec promotions

Beverly Hills-based United Talent Agency (UTA) has promoted nine agents and five executives across seven divisions in its Los Angeles, New York and London offices.

Tessie Lammle (pictured), James Masters (pictured), Daniel McCartney (pictured), Ron Perks, Angie Rance (pictured) and Chris Visconti are new agents in the music division.

Elsewhere, UTA gained new agents in the television talent, independent film and speakers departments.

Allyson Chung and Ally Diamond are now executives in the UTA Foundation, with Rachel Hall and Caroline Long being promoted to executive level in the marketing division and Brendan Mulroy becoming an executive in UTA IQ.

“We’re pleased that the vast majority of our new agents and executives began their careers at UTA as assistants”

UTA also announced that 12 new coordinators have been named across its Los Angeles, New York and London offices in music, speakers, fine arts, independent film, emerging platforms, video games, corporate communications, digital talent and brand partnerships.

“We’re incredibly proud of this outstanding group of colleagues,” says UTA’s co-president David Kramer. “Each of them personifies exceptional performance and commitment to client service.

“We’re especially pleased that the vast majority of our new agents and executives began their careers at UTA as assistants, which is a reflection of our commitment to developing and fostering the growth of young professionals. As we continue to grow all aspects of our business, they will all play an integral role in driving our future success.”

The promotions follow the recent appointment of former Maverick management executive Alisann Blood as co-head of music brand partnerships at UTA.

Pictured (l to r): Top – Allyson Chung, Lucas Barnes, Tessie Lammle, James Masters; bottom – Angie Rance, Daniel McCartney, Kristen Sena, John McGrath

 


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CAA promotes three trainees to agent

LA-based Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has promoted three trainees to agent in its touring and sports divisions.

Anthony Brown has been elevated to agent in CAA’s touring division, which booked more than 32,000 music and comedy show dates in 2018. Brown will continue to operate from the agency’s London office.

Jesse Heussner and Erika Ruiz have been promoted to agents in CAA Sports’ Basketball department, which represents more than 75 All-Star and emerging NBA players. Heussner will continue to be based in the agency’s New York office, with Ruiz in Los Angeles.

CAA, which launched its music division 35 years ago, today represents more top 100 worldwide touring artists from the past three years than any other agency. CAA’s roster includes AC/DC, Beyoncé, Tame Impala, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Katy Perry Muse and the Cure.

 


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PRS Foundation appoints new CEO

UK-based music development charity PRS Foundation has appointed Joe Frankland as its new chief executive, effective 22 July.

Frankland has worked at the foundation since 2014, running the Momentum Music Fund and the International Showcase Fund in his first role as industry fund manager.

Since 2015, Frankland has held the position of senior grants and programmes manager, leading grant-making and partnership programmes.

He previously worked in talent development at Newcastle-based music development agency Generator.

“I am incredibly excited and honoured to have been offered the role of PRS Foundation chief executive,” says Frankland.

“I am incredibly excited and honoured to have been offered the role of PRS Foundation chief executive”

“I am proud to work with such an enthusiastic team and board and look forward to collaborating with partners and the industry to support the UK’s most exciting music creators and pioneering organisations.”

PRS Foundation chair and managing director of Bucks music group, Simon Platz says he is “delighted” with the new appointment.

“Joe’s years of experience delivering targeted support and developing talent will be a huge asset as he leads the Foundation into its third decade,” comments Platz.

Frankland takes over the role from Vanessa Reed, who held the top position at PRS Foundation for eleven years. Reed says she has “no doubt” that her successor will “do an excellent job”.

Reed was appointed president and chief executive of New Music USA in April.

 


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AEG promotes Jim King to CEO, EU festivals

AEG Presents has announced that Jim King, current executive vice-president of live music, is to take on a new role as chief executive of European Festivals.

King’s appointment will launch the newly created European Festivals division, as AEG Presents looks to expand its presence in Europe. In his new role, King will seek out new opportunities in the festival space.

King previously worked for club brand Cream, later launching and running Creamfields festival. Prior to working at AEG, King ran his own company, Loudsound, which promoted and produced several UK festivals.

Since joining AEG Presents in 2008, King launched and produced BST Hyde Park in 2015 and All Points East in 2018.

The European Festivals boss will continue to work from AEG’s London office, reporting directly to president of AEG Europe, Alex Hill.

“I really believe that AEG does something truly special when it comes to festivals,” says King.

“I really believe that AEG does something truly special when it comes to festivals”

“The music fans and the artists are always at the heart of our thinking and this has meant we have been able to curate shows that resonate with them and keep both coming back.”

Hill, who says King “is without a doubt the very best at what he does”, expects “great things” from the European Festivals chief executive and his team.

“We wanted to give him [King] the freedom to accelerate AEG’s activity in the festival space hence the creation of this division and his leadership role at the head of it,” comments Hill. “Being able to confirm him in this job as we approach the second weekend of BST Hyde Park seems very fitting indeed.”

BST returns this weekend (13 and 14 July), with headline performances from Florence and the Machine and Robbie Williams. Tickets for the Saturday are still available, with general admission priced at £73.60 and VIP packages starting from £163.95.

 


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Paradigm promotes in music division

Paradigm Talent Agency has made dual promotions in its New York office, appointing Daisy Hoffman and Jon Lampkin to agents in the music division.

Hoffman’s roster includes electronic artists Walker & Royce, Will Clarke, Medasin, Gryffin and Party Favor. She began her career as an intern at Creative Artists Agency.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Hoffman worked with two of Paradigm’s partner agencies, joining AM Only in 2014 as an assistant and booking coordinator, then the Windish Agency in 2016 as a booking coordinator.

“Daisy and Jon are unyielding advocates for our artists and their work”

Lampkin, who also worked at AM Only as an assistant, has live artists including Oliver Tree and Roy Blair on his roster, as well as electronic artists Whethan, Getter, Yultron, Melvv, Diablo and Perto and branded properties including Brownies & Lemonade.

The new Paradigm agent started his career in 2011 as a marketing intern for Active Management’s Will Bronson and Chioke “Stretch” McCoy.

“Daisy and Jon are unyielding advocates for our artists and their work,” says Marty Diamond, who became Paradigm’s global head of music in April. “We’re proud to see them take this big step in their careers, and we look forward to their many future contributions.”

Paradigm’s music division represents artists including Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, David Guetta, Kacey Musgraves, Missy Elliott, Shawn Mendes and Skrillex.

 


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TFA promotes Kemp, Baskin within senior leadership

Canadian entertainment talent agency the Feldman Agency (TFA) has announced a string of executive promotions and appointments, following the agency’s acquisition in February.

Tom Kemp has been promoted to senior vice president, joining Vinny Cinquemani as two of TFA’s longest standing agents. Kemp acquired the agency, along with president Jeff Craib, from founder Sam Feldman earlier this year.

Joel Baskin takes on the role of vice president, continuing with his responsibilities in artist representation and talent buying.

“I am honoured to work with an amazing team as well as an esteemed stable of artists, managers and partners at TFA,” says Baskin. “I look forward to working with the team to implement new strategies and ways to grow and maximise our clients live touring business for continued success.”

The appointments follow the recent promotion of Olivia Ootes to vice president of operations, after more than 20 years experience at the agency.

“These are all exciting and well-deserved personnel changes, further strengthening what I believe is already a strong and cohesive team”

Elsewhere, the company has promoted employees M’Kaylah Fridal and Izzy Martin within its general administration team and added Adam Shnitzer to its agent roster. The agency has also made new appointments in its financial and entertainment partnerships team, with Chris Lombos joining as controller and Morgan Claringbold as sales coordinator.

“These are all exciting and well-deserved personnel changes, further strengthening what I believe is already a strong and cohesive team,” comments TFA president Jeff Craib.

Co-founded in 1971 by Feldman and business partner Bruce Allen, TFA’s roster includes Diana Krall, Carly Rae Jepsen and Bryan Adams. Following Craib and Kemp’s acquisition, Feldman retains control of Macklam Feldman Management, which represents James Taylor and Elvis Costello.

Feldman also remains involved with management firm Watchdog, booking agency Bruce Allen Talent, and INF Influencer Agency and its parent company A&F Music.

The agency has offices in Vancouver and in Toronto, where TFA co-owners Kemp and Craib operate.

 


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CAA promotes 21 trainees to agent or executive

Creative Artists Agency has announced today that it has promoted 21 trainees to agent or executive positions within the agency’s television and touring divisions, as well as in its motion pictures talent, books, brand consulting, sports and speakers departments.

Five trainees have become agents in CAA’s touring division, which in 2018 represented nearly 40% of the top 100 music and comedy tours in North America.

Akin Aliu and Lizzie Holdforth have been promoted to agents in music touring. Olivia Farrell and Guy Howes are now agents in the music brand partnerships department, and Ethan Kurtzman has been promoted to agent in comedy touring.

New agents in CAA’s television division are Barry Buren, Carly Fromm, Nikki Goldfarb, Ilana Goren, Jacob Schiff and Jiah Shin, with Goren, Schiff and Shin serving in scripted television, and Buren in television talent. Fromm and Goldfarb are in the alternative television department.

CAA’s touring division represented nearly 40% of the top 100 music and comedy tours in North America in 2018

Layne Murrow and Harrison Waterstreet are now agents in CAA’s motion pictures talent department, while Natan Bogin has been elevated to agent in the company’s media finance department, specialising in the packaging, financing and distribution of content across a variety of formats.

Berni Barta has been promoted to agent in CAA’s books department, focusing on book-to-film, television and publishing activities.

In terms of executive positions, Maddi Mobley has been promoted to executive in CAA brand consulting and Alexandra Wakefield has become an executive in CAA Sports’ golf consulting group.

Elsewhere in CAA Sports, Sam Rose has been promoted to agent in the basketball department and Cavan Walsh is now an agent in the coaches department.

Kip Ludwig and Scott Zanghellini are now agents in CAA’s speakers and commercial endorsements departments respectively.

The agency announced the promotions at its annual company retreat.

 


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LN promotes rock specialist Stephanie van Spronsen

Live Nation UK has announced the internal move from associate to full-time promoter for Stephanie van Spronsen, who adds to the company’s female promoter base.

Rock and metal specialist van Spronsen joined the Live Nation UK promoter department in 2017, becoming the first woman to work on the Download festival booking team.

The promoter has since worked on tours for artists including J Cole, Zara Larsson, Architects and Parkway Drive, as well as helping to launch the World Wrestling Entertainment NXT UK live shows in 2018.

“It’s great news that we can add Steph to Live Nation’s growing female promoter base,” says executive president of UK Touring, Andy Copping.

“Steph’s ability and drive are phenomenal. Live Nation is wholly committed to recognising talent like hers and nurturing it for future leadership”

“Steph has been working with me on Download and her ability and drive are phenomenal. Live Nation is wholly committed to recognising talent like hers and nurturing it for future leadership,” adds Copping.

“Our long-term investment applies as much to our promoters as it does to our artists,” says Denis Desmond, chairman of Live Nation UK and Ireland. “The UK team just gets stronger and stronger and I am delighted for Steph and excited for Live Nation.”

Van Spronsen began her career at Visible Noise records, working with acts such as Bring Me the Horizon and Bullet For My Valentine. Joining specialist rock PR agency, The Noise Cartel, van Spronsen worked with Alice Cooper, Asking Alexandria and Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, as well as overseeing festivals including Sonisphere, Bloodstock and Hellfest.

 


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