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.
TFA promotes Olivia Ootes to VP of operations
Canadian talent agency The Feldman Agency (TFA) has announced the promotion of Olivia Ootes from director to vice president of operations.
In her new role, Ootes continues to work closely with senior staff on company structure, as well as overseeing the administration of day-to-day operations, including staffing, IT, budgeting and the intern programme.
Ootes has worked at TFA for over 20 years, joining the company’s Toronto office as a junior coordinator in 1998. She moves from the position of director of operations, which she held for five years.
Alongside agent and senior vice president, Vinny Cinquemani, Ootes works directly with leading Canadian artists including Bryan Adams, Burton Cummings, Michael Bublé and David Foster.
“The commitment to growing careers internally, as well the quality of work happening here, has made TFA one of the most reputable companies in the industry”
“Olivia and I have worked closely together for many years and she has been a key player in the development and career of many of Canada’s premiere artists,” says Cinquemani.
Ootes comments: “I am honoured to move into this increased leadership position at TFA, which has been a supportive and encouraging home to me. The commitment to growing careers internally, as well the quality of work happening here, has made TFA one of the most reputable companies in the industry.”
Talent agency and management group TFA has over 40 years experience in the entertainment business, representing artists including Diana Krall, Carly Rae Jepsen, Badbadnotgood and Jann Arden. TFA has offices in both Toronto and Vancouver.
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