Paradigm Talent Agency

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Paradigm Talent Agency
Type Private
Industry Talent and Literary Agencies
Founded Beverly Hills, California, USA (1992)
Headquarters Beverly Hills, California
New York City, New York
Monterey, California
Nashville, Tennessee
Key people Sam Gores, Chairman and CEO
Website Paradigm Agency.com

Paradigm is a full-service entertainment agency based in Beverly Hills, with offices in New York, Monterey, Nashville, Texas and is considered to be one of the "Big Five" US talent agencies.[1] Paradigm represents clients in motion pictures, television, music, theatre, motion picture financing, book publishing, literary rights, digital media, stand-up comedy, commercials and voice-overs, personal appearances and corporate events.

Paradigm's clients include academy award winning actor Adrien Brody, two-time Emmy Award winner Julie Bowen, Antonio Banderas, Laurence Fishburne, Travis Fimmel, Andy Garcia, Domhnall Gleeson, Eloise Mumford, Ed O'Neill, Mandy Patinkin, Shailene Woodley, and musical artists including Aerosmith, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Ed Sheeran, Eli Young Band, Fun., Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, and Toby Keith.[2]

Background[edit]

Sam Gores, Chairman and CEO, opened his first agency, SGA Representation, Inc. in 1986. SGA acquired The Jack Fields Agency and changed its name to Gores/Fields. The agency expanded further the following year, bringing ATM & Associates into the fold. Gores next set his sights on a literary division.

During the years 1992 and 1993 he forged pacts with STE Representations; Robinson, Weintraub, Gross & Associates, and Shorr, Stille & Associates to create the agency now known as Paradigm. Since then, the firm has grown to more than 250 employees.

In 2004, Paradigm acquired the literary firm Genesis and the Writers & Artists Agency.[3]

Paradigm made a major strategic move in 2005 by acquiring Monterey Peninsula Artists, the premiere independent music agency, and followed up on that gain in 2006 by acquiring New York based music booking agency Little Big Man.[4] Expanding their footprint in the music industry, in 2008, Paradigm acquired Ellis Industries,[5] a leading independent music agency based in New York, and in 2009 acquired Third Coast Artists Agency,[6] the largest independent Christian Music agency, which was headquartered in Nashville.

In 2012, Paradigm expanded into the burgeoning Electronic Dance Music business by forming a joint venture partnership with AM Only,[7] a leading Electronic Dance Music agency whose client list includes genre superstars David Guetta, Skrillex and Tiësto.

In January 2014, in its latest strategic move, Paradigm acquired a 50% stake in the London-based Coda Music Agency, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012 and has grown rapidly in recent years, now representing more than 500 artists and DJs from a wide range of genres, including Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, the xx, Bon Iver, Rudimental, Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Bastille and many others. Strategically, the alliance plants a flag for Paradigm in London and, by extension, Europe and other international markets at a time when international touring has never been more robust. The combination of Paradigm Music Division, AM Only, and Coda Music Agency makes Paradigm one of the top music agencies in the world, with such renown clients as Aerosmith, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Dwight Yoakam, Ed Sheeran, Fun., Janelle Monae, Jason Mraz, Phish, and Toby Keith, among several others.[8]

The agency's Beverly Hills office is located on the old MCA Inc. campus built in 1932[9] where conference rooms honor the legendary entertainment moguls Jules Stein and Lew Wasserman who occupied the space.

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