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Meet The Five Former Paradigm Agents Who Will Lead Wasserman's Music Agency

Casey Wasserman
Rainer Hosch

Casey Wasserman

The five agents chosen to run Wasserman's music team are Lee Anderson, Marty Diamond, Sam Hunt, Jonathan Levine and Jackie Nalpant.

When Casey Wasserman takes control of Paradigm's music division in the coming weeks, he will manage the sprawling music agency that represents headliners like Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes and Billie Eilish with a five-person executive leadership group of agents who held senior roles in the music department under the ownership of Sam Gores.

Billboard has learned that the five agents chosen to run the leadership team are Lee Anderson, Marty Diamond, Sam Hunt, Jonathan Levine and Jackie Nalpant. Paradigm employees learned the identities of the agents yesterday when company officials announced that Wasserman was taking control of the agency, which will operate as a new entity, fully integrated into Wasserman Media Group.

Gores will retain control of Paradigm's literary, television and motion picture divisions.

As part of his arrangement with Tom Gores — Sam's brother who bought out the agency a year ago after it faced a liquidity crisis during the early days of the pandemic — Wasserman will manage and control the music agency while Tom Gores continues to hold an equity interest in the group.

Sources tell Billboard that the five-person team will oversee day-to-day management of the group and is comprised of senior agents spread out across four U.S. offices. Anderson officially joined Paradigm in 2017 when the agency brought Paul Morris' A.M. Only in house under the Paradigm banner, five years after acquiring the agency. Anderson's clients include Skrillex, Zedd and Disclosure.

Anderson will continue to work out of Paradigm's East Coast office with Diamond, who represents Sheeran, Coldplay and Janelle Monáe and was promoted to the position of Paradigm's head of global music in April 2019. Diamond founded Little Big Man Booking in 1994 and sold his company to Paradigm in 2006.

Hunt joined Paradigm in 2017 when the agency brought Windish Agency in house, two years after it had acquired an equity interest in the booking agency. Hunt represents Major Lazer, Run The Jewels and Matt and Kim. He works out of Paradigm's Bay Area office.

Levine and Nalpant joined Paradigm from Monterey Peninsula Artists, which Paradigm acquired in 2007. Both work out of Paradigm's Nashville office with a roster of clients that includes Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers — represented by Levine — as well as Tash Sultana, Vulfpeck and Cold War Kids​, who are represented by Nalpant.