From the silent movie era to the age of CGI blockbuster films, the talent agent has been the backbone of the industry. Whether mentoring promising talent or broking multi-package deals, talent agencies put thousands of on-screen and behind the scene professionals to work. Agencies can be rated based on talent rosters and specific entertainment strengths.
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CAA is one of the top agencies that covers the world of entertainment and sports. Around since 1975, the agency was founded by rogue William Morris agents including Michael Ovitz. Top clients include, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Lebron James.
Los Angeles 2000 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, CA 90067 phone: (424) 288-2000 fax: (424) 288-2900
New York 162 5th Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10010 t: 212.277.9000 f: 212.277.9099
Nashville 3310 West End Avenue, 5th Floor Nashville, TN 37203 phone: (615) 383-8787 fax: (615) 383-4937 caa.com
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Over a century old and with historical clients such as Charles Chaplin and Elvis Presley, William Morris has a legacy of Hollywood excellence. In 2010, William Morris merged with Endeavor Agency, becoming second only to CAA in industry dominance.
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC 9601 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Fl. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 248-2000 wma.com
Founded in 1975, ICM is a full service company; film, television, live performance and publishing.
Top clients include Director Woody Allen and actors Al Pacino, Samuel L. Jackson and Halle Berry.
LOS ANGELES 10250 Constellation Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90067 (310) 550-4000
NEW YORK 825 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10019 (212) 556-5600
LONDON 61 Frith Street London W1D 3JL, England +44 207 851 4853 icmtalent.com
Finishing out the "big four," UTA had huge success in the '80s and '90s with Sienfeld and Johnny Depp. Always ahead of the curve, UTA created an online department that handles content and creators for the Internet. Top Clients are Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez and Director team The Cohen Brothers.
United Talent Agency 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500 Beverly Hills, Ca 90212-2401 (310) 273-6700 unitedtalent.com
The Gersh Agency
A major agency since 1949, Gersh handles talent--feature and television--as well as literary. It also has sports and comedy departments.
The Gersh Agency 232 N. Canon Dr., Ste. 201 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 274-6611 gershagency.com
This boutique agency was founded in 1992 by the late Bernard Weintraub. From motion picture and music to interactive departments, Paradigm has full service offices in Beverly Hills, New York and Nashville. Notable clients include Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the musical act Coldplay.
Los Angeles: 360 North Crescent Drive North Building Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 288-8000
New York: 360 Park Avenue South, 16th floor New York, New York 10010 (212) 897-6400
Monterey: 509 Hartnell Street Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 375-4889
Nashville: 124 12th Avenue South Suite 410 Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 251-4400 paradigmagency.com
Since 1997, The Firm has amassed an impressive roster of talent including film, television musical artists, from Leonardo DiCaprio to Audioslave to the hard rockers Korn. The Firm is innovative in branding and musical merchandising deals.
9465 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Fl. Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 860-8000
APA boasts impressive comedy, concert and speaker/lecturer departments. Comedy includes the Comedy Central Campus Tour and Adam Sandler. Speakers include Author Clive Barker and KISS rocker Gene Simmons.
APA Beverly Hills 405 South Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 888-4200
APA New York 250 West 57th Street New York, NY 10107 (212) 687-0092
APA Nashville 3010 Poston Avenue Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 297-0100
Abrams Artists Agency
With over 700 clients on its roster, Abrams is one of the largest mid-size agencies. Concentrating on commercials and voice over work, including a Spanish voice over department called Voces Hispanicas, Abrams was formed in 1977.
Abrams Los Angeles 9200 Sunset Blvd., 11th Floor Los Angeles, Ca 90069 (310) 859-0625
Abrams New York 275 Seventh Street, 26th Floor New York, NY 10001 (646) 486-4600 abramsartists.com
Innovative is a mid-size agency that specialises in actors and models. Established in 1982, Innovative prides itself on its stellar reputation and its passionate agents.
Los Angeles Main Office 1505 10th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 656-0400
Los Angeles Production Department 1617 Broadway, 3rd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-656-5151
Chicago Office 541 North Fairbanks Court Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 832-1113
New York Office 235 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor New York, NY 10003 (212) 253-6900
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