William Morris Endeavor

  1. WME Sued for Age Discrimination by Former Assistant

    June 16, 2014 9:26 AM EDT Sean Bryan, who worked for four years as an assistant at William Morris Endeavor, has filed a lawsuit against the talent agency for alleged harassment and discrimination. He says he was denied an opportunity to enter WME's "agent trainee ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. William Morris Endeavor Launches Christian Music Division in Nashville

    January 23, 2014 2:23 PM EST William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has announced that it will launch a new Christian music division based in the talent firm’s Nashville office.  WME’s Christian division will be headed up 20-year music industry veteran Mike Snider, who previou ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. International Stars Get Shirty With Aussies in ARIA Awards Campaign

    November 27, 2013 9:38 PM EST Swapping shirts at the end of the match is a time-honored tradition in some sports. The Aussie music business is taking a slightly different approach to the same theme.   The Australian affiliate of advertising agency Droga5 is behind a multi-medi ...

  6. Live Nation's Banner Year Brings Azoff-Emanuel Feud To Light

    June 27, 2013 1:00 PM EDT A report in last week's  Financial Times recounting Live Nation’s banner year has inadvertently brought to light a simmering feud between the company’s former CEO Irving Azoff and current board member Ari Emanuel.   The FT story detailed Li ...

  7. WME Taunts CAA with ‘CAAN'T’ Poster Blitz, Website

    June 12, 2013 7:30 AM EDT Talent agency William Morris Endeavor has taken its spat with rival Creative Artists Agency to a higher -- more visible -- level. The Westfield Century City mall in L.A. has been the unlikely battleground for an advertising blitz which has repo ...

  8. Sara Newkirk

    November 28, 2012 5:03 PM EST Partner, William Morris Endeavor Client Integration A principal in William Morris Endeavor's music department, WME partner Sara Newkirk describes herself as the quarterback of a team that oversees the careers of such artists as Usher, Lady Ga ...

  9. Ketchum Launches Music Division, Ketchum Sounds, With Snoop Dogg, One Direction Deals

    November 27, 2012 7:04 PM EST PR agency Ketchum has launched a music-marketing division, Ketchum Sounds, to be headed by Marcus Peterzell, executive VP of entertainment for Ketchum Sports & Entertainment. With expertise in brand strategy, tour sponsorship and activation, m ...

  10. Back In Black: Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Celebrate Live Music's Comeback

    November 07, 2012 7:04 AM EST The artice below on this year's Billboard Touring Conference and Awards is from a Special Feature in the new issue of Billboard on the conference and the state of touring. You can buy this issue -- which also features a cover story on Alicia ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Shooter Jennings, AEG and Paradigm Execs to Talk Touring at Billboard Country Music Summit Panels

    May 16, 2012 7:00 AM EDT A pair of sessions will examine the role of touring in the country music business at the 3rd Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, June 4-5 at the newly-renovated Cannery Ballroom in Nashville. The Summit is presented in association with the Coun ...

  13. Billboard Power 100: Peter Grosslight

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 32 Peter Grosslight Executive VP/Worldwide Head of Music William Morris Endeavor The Calm In The Storm... In a world where some view being a jerk as a career strategy, Peter Grosslight remains a dignified, understated power player. He runs one ...

  14. Urban Power List: Cara Lewis

    January 14, 2012 4:27 PM EST Cara Lewis Agent Creative Artists Agency Website: caa.com Tour Maven Named Billboard's 14th most powerful woman in the music industry in 2011, Cara Lewis made even bigger headlines earlier this year when she jumped ship from William Morris En ...

  15. Cara Lewis Joins CAA; Eminem Expected to Join Her

    January 03, 2012 2:37 PM EST Billboard's 14th most powerful woman in the music industry has joined Rob Light's team at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Cara Lewis - Agent for Kanye West, Eminem, More - Leaving William Morris Cara Lewis, who was a top hip-hop agent at ...

  16. Drake Leaves ICM But Stays With Hip Hop Since 1978, Contrary to Reports

    December 01, 2011 2:29 PM EST Drake has parted ways with ICM but is still represented by Hip Hop Since 1978, despite a report claiming the contrary that appeared in the New York Post early today, a rep for William Morris Endeavor confirmed to Billboard.biz this afternoon. The ...

  17. Ron Baird, Influential Nashville Agent, Dead At 60

    February 04, 2011 3:46 PM EST Retired Nashville booking agent Ron Baird, former head of Creative Artists Agency's Nashville office and one of the genre's most successful agents of the 1990s and early 2000s, died in Nashville on February 3, of complications from Parki ...

  18. Business Matters: William Morris, Leahy Bill, Spotify and more

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. IMA Wants William Morris Endeavor Documents -- A California judge must decide if the William Morris Endeavor talent agency must turn over documents related to about 30,000 performances by its arti ...

  19. Reba McEntire Signs With William Morris Endeavor

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has signed Reba McEntire to its roster, Billboard.biz has learned. A Nashville-based team will oversee bookings, and Rob Beckham (Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley) serves as responsible agent. WME's Beverly Hi ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. William Morris Endeavor Acquires Joey Lee's 360 Artist Agency

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) has beefed up its country music roster with the acquisition of Joey Lee's 360 Artist Agency. The deal brings such country acts as Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack and Clay Walker, among others, into ...

  22. Departing William Morris Floater Sends Heated Email

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A floater departing floater at WME Entertainment's New York office sent an interesting goodbye email to the entire agency on Friday, according to Deadline Hollywood. The floater, Marcus Washington, worked for a short time for WME music agent ...

  23. Layoffs Impact Miami's William Morris Endeavor Office

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly five months after the William Morris-Endeavor merger was announced, sources say the agency has let go several agents in its Miami office, including Latin music agent Jeremy Norkin. William Morris Endeavor Entertainment VP/head of Latin musi ...

  24. Josh Groban Signs On With Azoff

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff, CEO of Front Line Management, has signed Josh Groban for worldwide career management. Azoff will personally represent Groban, who had previously been managed by Brian Avnet Management. Groban will be guided under the Azoffmusic Manag ...

  25. 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, ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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, ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Warner Music Entertainment Names Management Team

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Conrad Withey, president of the newly created video production and distribution unit Warner Music Entertainment (WME), has unveiled his new management team. WME was launched last December when Warner Vision, the audio-visual division of Warner Mus ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Senator To Join William Morris Agency

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Murray begins Jan. 1. California State Senator Kevin Murray will join the William Morris Agency as a senior VP, beginning Jan. 1. Murray will work primarily in the company's corporate consulting division, William Morris Consulting (WMC) ...

  36. Sources: John Mayer Signs With William Morris

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter departs CAA. Sources report that John Mayer has signed an exclusive booking agreement with the William Morris Agency. The singer/songwriter/guitarist had previously been repped by Creative Artists Agency. There is no word yet on ...

  37. New Titles At WMA Music Division

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The William Morris Agency has made a series of promotions in its music division. David Snyder has been named head of music operations. The William Morris Agency has made a series of promotions in its music division. David Snyder has been named hea ...

  38. Senior Agent Isaacs Heads To Endeavor

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Senior talent agent Adam Isaacs has left United Talent Agency to become a partner at the Endeavor Agency. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Senior talent agent Adam Isaacs has left United Talent Agency to become a partner at the Endeavor Agency. Isaacs& ...

  39. WMA Revamp Hits Music Dep't

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST The William Morris Agency has undergone a major management restructuring. Three of its top executives -- including Richard Rosenberg, executive VP/worldwide head of personal appearances for the music The William Morris Agency has undergone a major ...

  40. WMA Revamp Hits Music Dep't

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST The William Morris Agency has undergone a major management restructuring. Three of its top executives -- including Richard Rosenberg, executive VP/worldwide head of personal appearances for the music The William Morris Agency has undergone a major ...

  41. Evolution's Kirby Joins WMA

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sam Kirby has joined the William Morris Agency as a VP in the contemporary music department, based in New York. Kirby, who was previously at Evolution Talent, reports to WMA Music head Peter Grossligh Sam Kirby has joined the William Morris Agency ...

  42. Podell Exits Evolution, Starts New Firm

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music agent Jonny Podell has sold his partnership interest in Evolution Talent Agency and announced the formation of his new company, Podell Talent Agency. Music agent Jonny Podell has sold his partnership interest in Evolution Talent Agency and a ...

  43. Podell Exits Evolution, Starts New Firm

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music agent Jonny Podell has sold his partnership interest in Evolution Talent Agency and announced the formation of his new company, Podell Talent Agency. Music agent Jonny Podell has sold his partnership interest in Evolution Talent Agency and a ...

  44. On The Road

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The William Morris Agency's "Nashville Star" tour will feature the four finalists from the popular USA Network TV show. Read Ray Waddell's column. The William Morris Agency's "Nashville Star" tour will feature th ...