(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — On the heels of Agency for the Performing Arts' re-launch of its New York office with four new agents as previously reported, APA has also brought several new agents on board at its Los Angeles and Nashville offices as well as promoting from within.
"As many of the larger agencies have seen their hold on the marketplace crumble, we are more than happy to step into the void and take control of a larger share,” said Jim Gosnell, president and CEO of APA. “These new additions to our already exceptional team can only help us to achieve this goal."
In the Los Angeles office, Dan Baron, Tyler Grasham and Mike Wilson join the Talent department, the latter two promoted to full agent status; Tim Scally joins the Comedy department; and Scott Simpson, Michael Pelmont, David Boxerbaum and Lindsay Howard have joined the Television/Literary department; Howard was promoted to full agent status.
Baron joins APA after six years with Metropolitan Talent Agency. He began his career as a trainee at Abrams Artists
and The Gersh Agency before moving to MTA as an agent. He brings with him many new additions, including actors John Michael Higgins, Jeffrey Nordling, Pamela Adlon, Loudon Wainwright and Kevin Weisman.
Scally left Relevant Entertainment in 2004 to launch Tim Scally Entertainment, with a primary focus in booking comedians for corporate events, comedy clubs and national campus tours, which has increasingly become a profitable market.
Simpson has more than 10 years experience in television development and representation at ICM. He began his career as a commercial agent at the Flick Agency before moving to ICM in 1995.
Pelmont, who received a law degree from UCLA and previously worked as a bond trader on Wall Street, recently completed the agent trainee program at ICM.
Boxerbaum, who was previously at Metropolitan Talent Agency for four years, brings his entire client list with him. Former assistant Howard is now a full agent.
In Nashville, Scott Galloway oversees the company's Triple A/Alt Country/Blues division, which was formed just over a year ago. Galloway brings clients Cross Canadian Ragweed and Jake Shimabukuro, among others to the Nashville roster, which includes Rodney Crowell, Lee Roy Parnell, Sean Costello, Seth James and Maia Sharp.
–Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner
APA Re-Opens In New York With Four Agents
(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — APA has re-established its New York presence with the opening of a Big Apple office at 250 W.57th Street with four new agents — Christine Barkley, Fred Hansen, Mike Berkowitz and Avi Gilbert.
Barkley, formerly with Columbia Artists Management Inc., has signed Broadway on Ice and 3 Mo' Divas since she left CAMI. Hansen joins from Central Entertainment Group, where his acts included Alex Bugnon, Bona Fide, Braxton Brothers, Eric Marienthal, Slim Man and Wayman Tisdale, among others. His roster of acts for APA has not been confirmed. Berkowitz and Gilbert both join from Relevant Entertainment, specializing in comedy. Berkowitz brings with him Greg Giraldo, Bill Burr, Mike Birbiglia and VH1's Best Week Ever tour. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner