Primary Wave Acquires Evolution Management
Primary Wave has acquired Evolution Management and will merge the company into its talent management division, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The combined personnel — which will include film and TV talent and literary managers — will move to expanded offices next year.
With the addition of Evolution founder Mark Burg and his fellow managers Michael Menchel, Tiffany Kuzon, Brad Kaplan,Margot Menzel, Ben Press, Stephen Gates, Sekka Scherand Dan Patack, Primary Wave bolsters the expansion of its film and TV business, which includes development, management and production. Primary Wave’s strengths have traditionally been in music — its clients include CeeLo Green, Melissa Etheridge, Cypress Hill, Tank, Natalie Imbruglia, The Go-Go's and Ginuwine, along with Emmy winner Jane Lynch. The company’s two-year-old TV division has developed more than a dozen scripted and unscripted projects, including Green’s TBS reality show The Good Life.
“Mark and I have been friends for decades and over the years, we’ve completed many successful business deals together,” Primary Wave CEO Larry Mestel said in a statement. “This was an inevitable partnership and now as a formal alliance, we will combine our companies’ expertise and relationships in music, TV and film.”
Evolution financed last year’s Casey Affleck-Rooney Mara drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and the faith-based feature Grace Unplugged. Burg, whose production credits include Bull Durham, Can’t Buy Me Love, The Sandlot, John Q and the Saw franchise, recently executive produced Two and a Half Men and Charlie Sheen's follow-up series, Anger Management.