Sam Gores

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Sam Gores
Born1954 (age 68–69)
Nazareth, Israel
NationalityAmerican, Israeli
Alma materAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts (BA)
OccupationTalent agent
Known forChairman of Paradigm Talent Agency
SpouseJensen Buchanan (2003–2013) (divorced)
FamilyTom Gores (brother)
Alec Gores (brother)

Sam Gores (born 1954) is the chairman of Paradigm Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, California[1] and has been ranked among the top agents in Hollywood.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Gores was born in Nazareth, Israel[3] in 1954[3] and raised by his parents alongside his two brothers and three sisters.[3] His older brother, Alec Gores, and his younger brother, Tom Gores, both founders of private equity firms, have been included on the Forbes list as among the wealthiest people in the world.[4][5] In 1968, when Gores was 14,[6] his parents sold their home and possessions to purchase plane tickets to immigrate to the United States.[6] They settled near Flint, Michigan.[3] Sam immediately went to work bagging groceries in an uncle's supermarket, and worked his way through high school as a butcher.[3] After graduating from Genesee High School, he began studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York,[3] and later graduated with the academy's first class in Pasadena in 1976.[7] Gores now serves on The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Board of Trustees.[8]


After school, he worked without salary as an agent at The Gage Group, Inc., founded by Martin Gage, for almost two years while selling shoes on the side to support himself. Eventually, Gage brought Gores on staff. After several years at The Gage Group, Gores left to open his own agency, SGA Representation,[1][3] and began to expand his business over time by acquiring other agencies. In 1986, SGA acquired The Jack Fields Agency and changed its name to Gores/Fields.

Gores represented Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman,[3] and was described as “the most un-agent agent in the business because he’s a human being first,” by another one of his clients, Laurence Fishburne.[3] Gores expanding his agency through acquisitions and mergers. By 1993, he had forged pacts with other agencies to form Paradigm,[3] which now has clients that include Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody, Emmy Award winner Julie Bowen, Emmy and Tony Award winner Fishburne and Antonio Banderas.

Paradigm moved into the former headquarters of MCA Inc. on Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills and expanded its list of customers to include a broad base of Hollywood, Broadway, literary, television and musical talent.[3]

In 2005, Paradigm's entered the music industry when it acquired Monterey Peninsula Artists[1] and its roster of clients expanded to include The Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band and Toby Keith.[1] It later acquired New York-based Little Big Man, adding Coldplay and The Fray.[1] As of 2014, Paradigm represents roughly 1,000 bands and artists,[1] including Ed Sheeran, Fun., Janelle Monáe and Jason Mraz;[1] and has grown to eight offices – Beverly Hills, Manhattan, Monterey, Nashville, Brooklyn, Austin, Hollywood, and London – and more than 300 employees.[1]


Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, Gores laid off a large portion of Paradigm's staff, drawing criticism from media and employees. Gores was accused of being misleading after firing more than double the amount of employees originally reported and cutting insurance for laid off employees, which Gores later extended until June 2020.[9][10] One employee filed a lawsuit, alleging serious misconduct from Gores including payoffs, prostitution and criminal misconduct.[11][12][13][14][15] Gores’ former executive assistant, referenced in the lawsuit, called the misconduct claims “blatant lies.”[16] In April 2020, Gores filed a counter lawsuit, denying all allegations of impropriety and characterized the accusations as “self-aggrandizing and delusional.” The case is headed to arbitration.[17]

Public advocacy[edit]

Gores is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Recording Academy.[18] Gores serves on the Board of Directors for the Geffen Playhouse,[19] is an active participant in Conservation International,[18][20] and is involved in Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish Arab Education in Israel.[6][18]

Personal life[edit]

Gores is father to three children and grandfather to five grandchildren.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing". Billboard. 11 August 2014.
  2. ^ McKee, Ryan. "Top 10: Hollywood Agents". AskMen.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Los Angeles Times: "Quietly Building a Talent Force - Sam Gores, chairman of Paradigm, shuns the spotlight. His company has been acquiring agencies, many of them in the music industry" by Claire Hoffman August 21, 2006
  4. ^ Brennan, Morgan. "Forbes Alec Gores". Forbes.
  5. ^ Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Tom Gores July 2014
  6. ^ a b c Palestinian Surprise: "TALENT AND LITERARY AGENT SAM GORES" retrieved May 21, 2015
  7. ^ "AADA: 125 Years and Counting". 25 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Board of Trustees | The American Academy of Dramatic Arts".
  9. ^ "Coronavirus unemployment: Paradigm staff say they were misled - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. April 17, 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
  10. ^ "Paradigm Revolt: CEO Sam Gores Backs Down After Music Agents Object to 50% Pay Cut".
  11. ^ "Paradigm Agent's Lawsuit May Be First of Many Coronavirus Breach of Contract Claims". Billboard. 4 April 2020.
  12. ^ Patten, Dominic (April 2, 2020). "Paradigm Hit With Blistering $2M Breach Of Contract Suit By Debbee Klein; Sam Gores' Agency Says "False, Frivolous & Scurrilous" – Update".
  13. ^ "Company funds used for prostitutes, alleges ex-partner at Paradigm Talent Agency". Los Angeles Times. April 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Former agent's allegations of company funds paying for prostitutes 'pure fabrication,' talent agency says". Los Angeles Times. April 10, 2020.
  15. ^ Maddaus, Gene (April 2, 2020). "Paradigm's Sam Gores Accused of Using Corporate Funds for Prostitutes".
  16. ^ Maddaus, Gene (2020-08-28). "Debbee Klein and Paradigm Agree to Settle Dispute in Arbitration". Variety. Retrieved 2021-09-02.
  17. ^ Patten, Dominic; Fleming, Mike Jr. (2020-04-09). "Paradigm Responds To Debbee Klein's Suit: Sam Gores' Ex-Asst Calls Prostitutes Claims "Blatant Lies"; Agency Seeks Arbitration For Case". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  18. ^ a b c Americada: "Gores, King and White Join Academy’s Board" Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine Summer 2004
  19. ^ Geffen Playhouse: "Board of Directors" retrieved May 21, 2015
  20. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-11. Retrieved 2014-09-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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