(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
CKX, Inc has entered into an agreement to acquire Morra, Brezner,
Steinberg & Tenenbaum Entertainment, (MBST) a leading management firm of comedic
talent and producer of motion pictures and television programming. In
addition, CKX will enter into long-term employment relationships with the
principals of MBST, Larry Brezner, David Steinberg and Steve Tenenbaum, who will
continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of MBST.
"MBST is one of the oldest and most well respected artist management companies in Hollywood with long standing relationships with some of the most important names in American film and comedy," said Robert FX Sillerman, chairman and CEO of CKX. "Larry, David and Steve have worked with their clients for many years to influence popular culture through comedy and films. I consider adding Larry,
David and Steve a major addition to CKX and I am confident that under the CKX
umbrella MBST will continue to grow their business as well as help us take
advantage of the shifting paradigm in the entertainment industry."
"Bob Sillerman is an entrepreneur who has successfully built unique businesses in the past and has
always given back to the community," MBST principals Brezner, Steinberg and Tenenbaum said in a joint statement. "He has demonstrated with CKX that he is
creating an artist friendly atmosphere in all areas of our business to encourage
the creation of content and permit the creators to keep an ownership interest in
their body of work. This will allow us the autonomy to continue to manage our
client's careers as we have in the past while giving us the platform for the
creation of new and innovative content. We are excited about being part of this
burgeoning creative community."
MBST is a full service management company with a roster of more than 35 clients,
representing Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy winning artists including
Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Woody Allen for more than 25 years each, jazz
legend John Pizzarelli for 10 years, and comedian/writer Jeff Ross, comedian Jim
Norton and Emmy award winning director Bob Weide, each for more than 3 years.
MBST has had an advisory relationship with Apple Corps, the holding corporation
for the Beatles, for more than 15 years (Tenenbaum's relationship
with Apple goes back more than 25 years). MBST also has had a relationship with
Alain Boublil, the author of Tony award winning Les Miserables, for more
than 15 years. MBST has also been responsible for the production of numerous motion pictures and television productions over the years, including Arthur, Good Morning Vietnam, Throw Momma
From the Train, The Vanishing and the soon to be released Disney motion picture,
The Greatest Game Ever Played, based upon the best selling book by Mark Frost. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner