Ed Sheeran‘s longtime agent, Jon Ollier, is leaving his position at CAA to launch his own company.
“CAA has been a wonderful experience and one I am incredibly grateful for,” Ollier told IQ, which first reported the news, adding that “starting my own company has been a dream of mine and I appreciate CAA’s support in this transition.”
Ollier served at Free Trade Agency for five years before joining CAA’s London office in March 2015, bringing Sheeran with him. CAA currently represents Sheeran worldwide excluding North America and Canada. Sheeran is represented in the U.S. and Canada by Marty Diamond at Ash Lewis at Paradigm.
Last August, Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) tour became the top-grossing trek of all time, according to Billboard Boxscore, raking in $776.2 million total across close to 9 million tickets sold from 255 shows. Dates outside of North America made up $597.4 million of that total across close to 7 million tickets from 167 shows, meaning a per-show average of about $3.577 million.
CAA co-head Emma Banks added to IQ, “Jon has been a great colleague and friend. We wish him the very best as he pursues an entrepreneurial path, and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
The coronavirus-related live music shutdown has shaken up the agent world and already led to the launch of several independent agencies. After Paradigm laid off or furloughed more than 200 agents in late March, five former Paradigm agents reassembled to launch the independent agency TBA in September. Weeks later, Paradigm’s Patrick McAuliff and Phil Egenthal, along with ex-WME agent C. J. Strock, announced the formation of Mint Talent Agency. Last week, another five former Paradigm agents linked with former Billions Corporation chief operating officer Matt Yasecko to launch Arrival Artists.