William Morris Agency

  1. Frank Barsalona Remembered by Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luukko, More

    November 25, 2012 6:57 PM EST While the seeds that produced the modern concert business were planted decades ago by pioneering agent Frank Barsalona -- who died Thanksgiving day -- and though he effectively quit the business when he merged his Premier Talent with what was then ...

  2. David Geffen on New PBS 'American Masters' Film: 'Wow, Did I Do That?'

    September 27, 2012 3:40 PM EDT David Geffen (right) with Joni Mitchel (left) and Mama Cass (background) from the PBS American Masters program "Inventing David Geffen," which will air in November. (Photo: Henry Diltz) American Masters creator and executive producer Sus ...

  3. Luke Bryan on How to Survive Rejection From Every Label in Nashville at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Team Bryan (L-R): Dustin Eichten, Director of Marketing, Capitol Records Nashville, Luke Bryan, Jay Williams, Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, and Kerri Edwards, Manager, Red Light Management. (Photo: Michael Seto) Luke Bryan finished ...

  4. How SOJA Topped the Reggae Chart and Played 360 Gigs in 18 Months

    March 12, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Referencing Bob Marley's 1979 album "Survival" (Island Records), his most overtly political release, Washington D.C. based band SOJA's "Strength to Survive" (ATO Records) has topped the Reggae Album chart for four out ...

  5. 5 Hot Fall Tours: Widespread Panic, Reba McEntire, Foster The People, Tiesto and Pretty Lights

    July 22, 2011 12:56 PM EDT WIDESPREAD PANIC VENUES: Theaters, amphitheaters, arenas DATES: Sept. 15-Dec. 31 SUPPORT: Trombone Shorty, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Futurebirds; most shows billed as "an evening with" BOOKING AGENT: Buck Williams, Progressive G ...

  6. Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac, Electric Daisy Carnival's Promoter: The .Biz Q&A

    June 24, 2011 8:40 AM EDT Electronic Daisy Carnival is staging its most ambitious event yet at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend (June 24 - 26) amidst public safety concerns. Nearly a year after the death of a 15-year-old girl and the hospitalization of 100-plus in ...

  7. Veteran Booking Agent Barbara Skydel Dies

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Barbara Skydel, a veteran New York booking agent has died, Billboard has confirmed. The cause of her death and age were unknown at press time. Skydel began her career in the music business in 1968 as the assistant to pioneering agent Frank Barsalo ...

  8. Keane Unveils U.K. Forest Tour, New EP

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. melodic rock act Keane has announced a series of outdoor live shows to take place next summer as part of the Forestry Commission Live Music (FCLM) series, following the global release of a new 8-track EP entitled "The Night Train" o ...

  9. Veteran Christian Agents Launches New Ventures

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Christian music booking agent Charles Dorris, formerly VP and head of Christian Music for the William Morris Agency, has launched two new companies: CDA Consulting and Charles Dorris & Associates. CDA Consulting focuses on live events, ...

  10. Cyndi Lauper In Legal Dispute With German Promoter

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cyndi Lauper's cancellation of seven concerts in Germany, which were to be held from July 4 to 18, has led to a legal dispute with the German concert promoter Moderne Welt. The dispute was confirmed by Moderne Welt CEO Henning Tögel in Stuttg ...

  11. Update: William Morris, Endeavor Agree To Merge

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Endeavor and the William Morris Agency agreed Monday afternoon to a merger that dramatically redraws the map for Hollywood's talent agencies. WMA's 20-person board and Endeavor's 28 partners, in separate meetings, approved the deal, ...

  12. Industry Vet Steve Blanck Dies

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dedicated talent agent and devoted Phillies fan, Steve Blanck, died February 10 in Hemet, Calif., at the age of 62. Blanck died while recovering from emergency surgery caused by his long battle with lung disease. Blanck was born in Philadelphia an ...

  13. Fonseca Announces 12-City U.S. Tour

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Colombian singer/songwriter Fonseca has announced the launch of the U.S. leg of his "Gratitour," so named after his new album, "Gratitud" (Gratitude). Fonseca's 12-city stint, which boasts five more stops than his 2007 U.S ...

  14. Enter Shikari Returns With Free Download

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST English electro-rock outfit Enter Shikari is offering the first taste of their sophomore album "Common Dreads" (Ambush Reality) as a free download. "Antwerpen" is available now from the band's official Web site. The band l ...

  15. Touring Briefs: Ultra Music Festival, ICM, Celtic Thunder

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST - The Black Eyed Peas, MSTRKRFT, Shiny Toy Guns, Sneaky Sound System, Josh Wink, Stanton Warriors, Heidi, BT, the Bloody Beetroots, Riton and Rye Rye, among others, have been added to the 2009 Ultra Music Festival , to be held March 27-29 at Bicen ...

  16. Original Village People Member Sues Group

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Village People's first cop wants a revamped version of the group to stop using his likeness and voice. The lawsuit filed last week in San Diego by Victor Willis claims companies continue to use his voice and picture to promote the new Vil ...

  17. Touring Execs Weigh Grammy Impact

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST A recent study by Billboard parent the Nielsen Co. has examined the impact the Grammy nominations, wins and television performances have on album and digital sales (Billboard, Feb. 7). But what's the result on an artist's touring busines ...

  18. B.B. King Returns To International Stage

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST B.B. King will return to the stage in a series of arena concerts in the U.K., three years after announcing his retirement from international touring. According to a statement, "popular demand " has led the 83-year old blues legend to sch ...

  19. Brad Paisley To Kick Off Tour In June

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brad Paisley will begin his 41-city American Saturday Night tour, with special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne, June 5 in Charlotte, N.C. Booked by Rob Beckham at the William Morris Agency, Paisley has become one of country's biggest to ...

  20. Pinnacle Collapse A 'Nightmare' For Indies

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent labels' representatives have consulted a lawyer through trade body AIM after independent distribution company Pinnacle went into administration on Dec. 3, roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Around 60 labe ...

  21. Williams To Manage Ryman

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music business veteran Sally Williams has been named GM of Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. She succeeds G. Scott Walden, who is leaving to pursue other ventures. Walden will stay on as consultant through the end of the year and William ...

  22. 'Regis And Kelly' Call On Songwriters

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Live with Regis and Kelly" is calling all on aspiring musicians, composers and songwriters to take a shot at re-working the show's theme song, win $100,000 and perhaps get a break in the music business. The new theme song will be p ...

  23. Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Police Lead Touring Award Finalists

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and the Police are among the finalists for the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. All three of those tours are finalists for the Top Tour and Top ...

  24. Taylor Swift Lines Up 2009 Trek

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT TMG/AEG Live will produce the upcoming Taylor Swift tour, set to begin in early 2009 and hit secondary markets, Billboard.biz has learned. While Swift has performed headlining shows, it's her first tour as a headliner. Houston-based TMG/AEG L ...

  25. The Billboard Q&A: WME's Joel Zimmerman

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the recent launch of William Morris Electronic (WME), a joint venture between the William Morris Agency (WMA) and British DJ Pete Tong, the Los Angeles-based talent agency aims to create a "boutique agency model within the larger agency, ...

  26. Sneaky Sound System Tops Aussie Chart

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian electro-pop trio Sneaky Sound System's sophomore set "2" (Whack/MGM) has debuted at No. 1 on the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) chart. It is the sixth domestic album to top the chart out of 17 chart t ...

  27. William Morris Agency Forms Electronic Division

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The William Morris Agency will expand its electronic music roster through a new joint venture with British DJ Pete Tong. New York-based booking agent Joel Zimmerman will head up the new division, dubbed William Morris Electronic. Under the new div ...

  28. Update: Extensive AC/DC Tour To Begin In October

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, AC/DC will embark on an 18-month world tour beginning this October in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Creative Artists Agency managing partner Rob Light confirmed the news during a touring panel today (July 28) at the 83rd annual IAAM conference an ...

  29. The Agency Group Acquires Kork Agency

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Emeryville, Calif.-based boutique booking firm the Kork Agency has merged with the Agency Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kork Agency owner Christian Bernhardt and his team -- Ryan Craven, Andrew Skikne, Avery McTaggart and ...

  30. Juan Luis Guerra Preps U.S. Trek

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tropical star Juan Luis Guerra is preparing to kick off his first U.S. national tour in over a decade. The "La Travesía" (The Voyage) tour, so named after one of Guerra's hit songs, starts July 12 at the American Airlines Arena in M ...

  31. Swift In Denim Deal

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country sensation Taylor Swift is partnering with Jones Apparel Group. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter will be the face of the L.e.i. back-to-school print, mobile and online advertising campaign, which will be called "This is L.e.i. Country ...

  32. Brooks To Be Honored By ACM

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks will be presented with Academy of Country Music Crystal Milestone Award during the 43rd Annual ACM Awards on May 18. The award is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement. Gayle Holcomb o ...

  33. Swift Signs With William Morris

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The William Morris Agency (WMA) has signed platinum country singer/songwriter Taylor Swift for representation in all areas, Billboard.biz has learned. Responsible agents are Nashville-based senior VP Greg Oswald, and on the West Coast, Dave Wirtsc ...

  34. CAA's Muller Jumps To William Morris

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a major move in the music agency world, Don Muller has moved to William Morris Agency from Creative Artists Agency, taking with him such acts as Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, Weezer, Tenacious D and Mars Volta. Muller will be reunited ...

  35. WMA, VCs, AT&T Launch Digital Investment Fund

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The William Morris Agency has teamed up with Silicon Valley venture capitalists Accel Partners and Venrock, as well as AT&T, to create an investment fund designed to back digital media startup companies. The $10 million-plus fund is targeted a ...

  36. Bicknell Splits With WMA

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ed Bicknell, head of international music for the William Morris Agency, has announced that he is leaving the company to return to "civilian life." WMA worldwide head of music Peter Grosslight says in a prepared statement that Bicknell di ...

  37. 'Ninja Assassin' Role For Korean Star Rain

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Top South Korean singer and entertainer Jung Ji-hoon, better known to fans around Asia as Rain, revealed Wednesday that he will be starring in the Warner Bros. movie "Ninja Assassin." "Ninja Assassin" is scheduled to begin film ...

  38. Noorderslag Weekend Takes Shape

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sean Moriarty, president and CEO of Ticketmaster, will deliver a keynote speech at the Noorderslag Weekend music event in the Dutch city of Groningen, from Jan. 10-12. Other key speakers include Ed Bicknell, senior VP and head of music internation ...

  39. New Janet Jackson Album Due In February

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Janet Jackson's as-yet-untitled debut album for Island Def Jam will be released in February. The artist is also prepping a worldwide tour to promote the follow-up to 2006's "20 Y.O." In addition, Jackson has signed with the Wil ...

  40. ICM Signs Aretha Franklin

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST After more than 30 years with the William Morris Agency, Aretha Franklin has signed with International Creative Management (ICM). Franklin's latest Arista release is "Jewel's in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen." In add ...

  41. Panelists Debate Artist Dev At Touring Conference

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST With physical album sales on a continuous decline, artist development -- especially in the touring world -- is more important now than it ever has been, a panelist of record label execs, managers, promoters and agents agreed today (Nov. 14) at the ...

  42. Police, Timberlake Among Billboard Touring Award Finalists

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Police, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney, and Genesis are among the finalists for the 2007 Billboard Touring Awards. The Awards, which will be presented on Nov. 15, honor the industry's top artists, venues and professi ...

  43. Dale Morris and Associates, William Morris Agency Partner

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dale Morris and Associates (DMA) and the William Morris Agency (WMA) have formed a strategic alliance focusing on concert booking and touring for Gretchen Wilson and former Alabama frontman Randy Owen. DMA and WMA have employed an informal relatio ...

  44. Constant Artists Adds Agency Division

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Manager/booking agent Ben Dickey has left his post as an agent at Ground Control Touring to open a new booking division at his Los Angeles-based management company Constant Artists. His company will oversee booking duties for Explosions in the Sky ...

  45. New Agent To MPA/Paradigm

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Monterey Peninsula Artists/Paradigm has hired Beth Hamilton as an agent in the company's fairs and festivals division, where she will be working the Eastern region of the U.S. She will be based in Nashville, reporting to Steve Dahl, MPA/Parad ...

  46. B.B. King Blues Fest To Feature Green, James

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT B.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 14-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards Theatre in Murphys, Calif., Billboard.biz has learned. ...

  47. Hank Williams, Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd To Hit The Road

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hank Williams, Jr., and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd will co-headline the Rowdy Frynds arena tour, Billboard.biz has learned. The initial run of shows includes 20 dates, beginning April 11 at the VBCC Arena in Huntsville, Ala. Other ...

  48. Making The Leap In 2007

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Having jumped from support slots in sweaty clubs to headlining for thousands in theaters and arenas, bands like the Killers, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco know a thing or two about paying their dues before becoming box-office sellouts. Whil ...

  49. William Morris Expands International Music Operations

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The William Morris Agency has unveiled the structure of its expanded international operations with the launch of a new London office. Ed Bicknell, former manager of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry, Gerry Rafferty and the Blue Nile, will s ...

  50. Rascal Flatts Gears Up For Tour

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rascal Flatts will begin the 2007 version of their Me and My Gang tour on Feb. 8 in Charleston, W.V. The tour will play 21 cities before wrapping in early April, at which time the band will take a break from the road to work on a new album. Jason ...

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