Veteran agent Dave Kirby has left his position as senior VP and head of the L.A. office for the Agency Group to form his own agency, the Kirby Organization (TKO), Billboard.biz has learned. Kirby had been with the Agency Group for 11 years.
With funding from a Wall Street investment banking firm, TKO opens immediately as a full service booking agency with offices in both L.A. and New York. Joining TKO president/CEO Kirby are agents Mike Monterulo and Andrew Goodfriend and general manager Rika O’Connor. Kirby says other agents will soon be joining the company. Monterulo will head the New York office, which will open in the coming weeks.
The initial client list of mostly hard rock acts includes Drowning Pool, Bloodsimple, (HED) pe, Hatebreed, Ill Nino, Motorhead, Mudvayne, Life of Agony, Riders on the Storm and Anthrax.
Meanwhile, the Agency Group’s L.A. office moves forward with senior agent Andy Somers at the helm. Neil Warnock, based in London, is chairman of the Agency Group.