DAVID ZEDECK, 53
Global Head of Music, United Talent Agency
KEN FERMAGLICH, 49
JBEAU LEWIS, 37
Music Leadership, United Talent Agency
Last Year’s Rank: 48
CHANGING COURSE: Zedeck left his gig overseeing global talent and artist development at Live Nation to become the third-biggest talent agency’s global head of music, just in time to watch Guns N’ Roses’ Not in This Lifetime Tour win Top Tour/Top Draw at the Billboard Touring Awards after grossing $314 million.
EXPANDED OPPORTUNITIES: “When you’re dealing with the artist on the promoter side, it’s one aspect of their career; when you’re on the agent side, you have a seat at the table for multiple aspects of their career,” says Zedeck of his decision to leave Live Nation for UTA. The music leadership team offers music clients opportunities in endorsements, film/TV, book deals and other areas — one beneficiary being client and recent Weight Watchers spokesman DJ Khaled. Other multiplatform successes include Mariah Carey and Post Malone.