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  1. Veteran Country Music Agent Kevin Neal Joins WME as Partner

    May 12, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Veteran country music agent Kevin Neal, who for the better part of 30 years has called Buddy Lee Attractions his home, has joined WME as a partner. He brings with him acts such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Parmalee. Related ...

  2. Selena Gomez Signs With WME, Brillstein

    April 17, 2014 9:43 PM EDT Selena Gomez has found a new representation team. After she relieved her mother and stepfather of their managerial duties in early March, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the actress and singer, who previously was with CAA, has signed wit ...

  3. WME Partnering for Six Country Festivals

    February 20, 2014 9:52 AM EST William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, a founding partner in Lollapalooza, is building its portfolio in the festival sector with investment in six new strategic alliances in the country music fest space, Billboard.biz has learned. Much of WME’s a ...

  4. WME’S Marc Geiger Stresses Streaming in Vision of $100B Recorded Music Industry at MIDEM

    February 03, 2014 10:16 AM EST The recorded music industry can grow to a $100 billion-plus business within the next 15 years – but only if it abandons pushing music ownership and fully embraces the streaming subscription model, said Marc Geiger, WME’s global head of music, duri ...

  5. Inside WME's $2.4 Billion Play for IMG (Analysis)

    January 02, 2014 10:22 AM EST On the morning of Dec. 19, moments after William Morris Endeavor and financial backer Silver Lake announced a deal to acquire sports and fashion powerhouse IMG, WME co-CEOs Ari Emanuel andPatrick Whitesell addressed the combined troops in an all-s ...

  6. WME Names Peter Klein, Former Microsoft Exec, as CFO for Merged WME/IMG

    December 23, 2013 5:01 PM EST Peter Klein will be the CFO of the merged WME and IMG, as well. On the heels of its $2.4 billion acquisition of IMG, WME has hired former Microsoft CFO Peter Klein as its new finance chief, WME said Monday. Related WME to Acquire Rival Firm IMG Wo ...

  7. WME to Acquire Rival Firm IMG Worldwide, Home of Taylor Swift and Timberlake

    December 18, 2013 11:54 AM EST The agency beat out rival bidders CVC Capital, Chernin Entertainment and a consortium of ICM Partners and the Carlyle Group. WME and its stakeholder Silver Lake Partners have announced an agreement to acquire IMG Worldwide, a rival talent agency a ...

  8. New Signings: Lindsey Stirling Signs to Reach Music, WME Inks Wale, Paradigm Nabs Solange

    November 25, 2013 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to mitchell.peters@b ...

  9. CAA, WME, Windish, ICM, Paradigm, AGI Execs Discuss Agents' Expanding Roles at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 14, 2013 6:38 PM EST “Be the first one there,” Windish Agency president Tom Windish said when describing his process of securing new acts, like new client Lorde. “I need to hear about it before anyone else does,” the agent said during a panel on the closing day (Nov ...

  10. New Signings: Warner Music Nabs Ylvis, WME Inks Leah Turner, Maximum Artist Adds Lalah Hathaway, Warner/Chappell Signs Danny Orton

    October 02, 2013 7:45 AM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@billboard.com for inclusion in our regular report. Click here for the ...

  11. WME's John Marx on Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Gig, Sold-Out Arena Tour Strategy, Not Having Presales (Q&A)

    September 10, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Bruno Mars has not only proven to be a master at creating multiple hit songs, but he’s also solidified himself as one of today’s top live performers. In addition to being named the halftime performer at next year’s Super Bowl XLVIII, Mars re ...

  12. New Signings: August Alsina to Def Jam, Windish Agency Wins Bobby Womack, Frankie Rose Goes and Labrinth to Paradigm

    August 23, 2013 4:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters ...

  13. APA Names Former WME Partner Steve Hauser Senior VP

    May 30, 2013 4:56 PM EDT APA has appointed former WME partner Steve Hauser as senior VP. Hauser -- who brings with him such clients as Darius Rucker, the Charlie Daniels Band, Clint Black and Chris Cagle -- will focus on building APA’s Nashville roster. "I am beyon ...

  14. Florence + The Machine Ink Deal With WME

    March 07, 2013 5:02 PM EST Florence + the Machine has signed with WME for North American personal appearances and Worldwide representation in all other areas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The award-winning British band has released two critically-acclaimed albums, ...

  15. WME Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell Talks Strategy, Social, EDM, AEG, More at IEBA Conference

    October 09, 2012 2:06 PM EDT At the International Entertainment Buyers Assn. (IEBA) convention in Nashville Monday, from left: Greg Oswald, co-head, Nashville office, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO, WME; Bill Werde, editorial director, Billbo ...

  16. Guggenheim Partners Nearing Deal to Buy Dick Clark Productions

    August 30, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Guggenheim Partners has entered final negotiations to acquire Dick Clark Productions for an amount that exceeds its hefty asking price, multiple sources have told The Hollywood Reporter. The deal for the storied production company behind the Golde ...

  17. Body Rock: Is Zumba the Next Music Platform?

    June 20, 2012 1:05 PM EDT If you're a Zumba fan, you know what to do when you hear Pitbull's "Pause:" "go" forward for four steps, "stop" for four beats, "drop" for four (thrusting hips forward as you do so, of course) and ...

  18. Vital Talent Closes, WME Picks Up Clients

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST New York-based electronic booking agency Vital Talent, founded by agent Gerry Gerrard, has closed its doors. Gerrard has left the agency business to pursue artist management and promotion under his original company Chaotica. As a result of the clo ...