Patrick Whitesell

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Patrick Whitesell
Born (1965-02-04) February 4, 1965 (age 50)
Iowa Falls, Iowa
Residence Beverly Hills, California
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Alma mater Luther College (1987)
Occupation Talent agent
Organization William Morris Endeavor
Spouse(s) Lauren Sanchez (m. 2005)
Children 2

Patrick Whitesell (born February 4, 1965)[1] is an American talent agent and co-CEO of WME, an entertainment and media agency.[2] He joined the Endeavor Talent Agency as a partner in February 2001, where he was a member of the company’s Executive Committee.[3]


Born to a Jewish family,[4] Whitesell is the son of Patricia and John Patrick "Jack" Whitesell. His brothers are Sean, Christopher, and director John Whitesell.[citation needed] He is originally from Iowa Falls, Iowa. A graduate of Luther College in Iowa, he resides in Beverly Hills, CA with his wife, news anchor Lauren Sánchez, and two children.[5][6]

Whitesell is an appointed member of the Governor's California Film Commission and an associate member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.[7]


Whitesell worked at InterTalent from 1990 to 1992.[8] He was an agent at United Talent Agency (UTA), from 1992 to 1995.[3][9] Whitesell served as head of the talent department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), from 1995 to 2001.[3]

Whitesell and WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel have been characterized as “rewriting the Hollywood script,” and they have been named to Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year list.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Patrick Whitesell Bio". IMDb. July 13, 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (April 27, 2009). "WMA, Endeavor approve merger". Variety. 
  3. ^ a b c Brodesser, Claude (February 26, 2001). "Whitesell exits CAA". Variety. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  4. ^ The Jewish Daily Forward: "Pope Francis Invites Hollywood Jews to Vatican" by Rachel X. Landes August 6, 2015
  5. ^ Lauren Sanchez and Patrick Whitesell Welcome a Girl - Babies :
  6. ^ "Lauren Sánchez Whitesell and sons attend Second Annual Kidstock Music and Art Festival – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies -". 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Patrick Whitesell Bio" (PDF). Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Solomon, Deborah (December 10, 2010). "Questions for Patrick Whitesell". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Eller, Claudia (October 14, 1992). "Ex-ITA exex cut deal to move to UTA". Variety. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Garrahan, Matthew (December 6, 2011). "Rewriting the Hollywood script". Financial Times. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  11. ^ P.N. (November 19, 2010). "Businessperson of the Year". Fortune. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 

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