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, 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.

The agency's Beverly Hills office is located on the old MCA Inc. campus built in 1932[3] where conference rooms honor the legendary entertainment moguls Jules Stein and Lew Wasserman who occupied the space.

Agency Growth[edit]

In 2004, Paradigm acquired the literary firm Genesis and the Writers & Artists Agency.[4] The acquisition added a dozen agents and also brought a potent TV client list including 24 creator/executive producer Joel Surnow and Two and a Half Men co-creator/exec producer Lee Aronsohn to Paradigm.[5][6]

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.[7] Expanding their footprint in the music industry, in 2008, Paradigm acquired Ellis Industries,[8] a leading independent music agency based in New York, and in 2009 acquired Third Coast Artists Agency,[9] the largest independent Christian Music agency, which was headquartered in Nashville.

Paradigm Chairman and CEO Sam Gores on what makes a good acquisition or partnership target when looking to expand: "It starts with who’s in charge, who’s at the base or foundation. I don’t think we’ll ever make a deal with people who lack integrity or are not revered by the community in general, or who have a trail of bad history behind them. If it’s a good cultural fit, or if you think you can help them grow by having them be part of a bigger infrastructure and more access in areas of branding, film and television, then how does that complement the rest of our business in that area? For instance, Little Big Man and Monterey complemented each other -- Monterey had all the legacy artists and big bands and [LBM founder] Marty [Diamond] had all the cool stuff that was up-and-coming. That really rounded out our business." [10]

In 2012, Paradigm expanded into the burgeoning Electronic Dance Music business by forming a joint venture partnership with AM Only,[11] 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.[12]

Further Expansion[edit]

In 2012, Paradigm began an aggressive strategy of hiring a group of experienced and well respected agents. The first agent to come over was Rand Holston,[13] whose clients include Stephen King, Wolfgang Petersen, Robert Towne, and John Moore.[13] Soon after, Holston was named the head of the agency’s Motion Picture Lit department.

In February 2013, Paradigm announced that former CAA agent Ken Stovitz would be joining the agency from Will Smith’s Overbook Entertainment, where he was a partner in the production company as a force in the industry.[14] Stovitz brought with him Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith, and went on to sign many other clients to the agency including directors Roger Donaldson [15] John Stockwell [16] and Amy Heckerling [17] as well as actors Julian McMahon [18] Greg Poehler,[19] Gustaff Skarsgaard,[20] Daniel Stern,[21] Eric LaSalle,[22] JJ Field, Ken Marino,[23] and magician/producer David Copperfield.

Bob Bookman joined Paradigm from CAA in March of 2013.[24] While at CAA, Bookman had been involved in several notable projects, including A Beautiful Mind, Silence of the Lambs, Jerry Maguire, and Jurassic Park.[25] Bookman brought to Paradigm many important clients including Academy Award winning writers Tom Stoppard, John Irving, and Ted Tally.

Iris Grossman joined Paradigm in June 2013.[26] Grossman clients Ed O'Neill, Mandy Patinkin, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Frances Conroy, among others,[27] joined her at Paradigm. Grossman is the former president and current president emeritus of Women In Film.

Manny Nunez joined Paradigm in January 2014, having spent 20 years at CAA, where he co-founded the agency’s Film Finance Group.[28] He was also responsible for spearheading the deal between DreamWorks’ partners Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider with India-based Reliance Entertainment’s Amit Khanna. With extensive international presence, Nunez represented high-net worth financiers all over the world. Following him to Paradigm was his long-time client Antonio Banderas.

In March 2014, Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer became the latest pair of veteran agents to land at Paradigm,[29] bringing with them notable clients including J. Michael Straczynski, Stuart Beattie, Carl Franklin,[30] John Stockwell,[16] Malcolm D. Lee,[31] and Joe Johnston.[32]

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