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Inventive Artists Company mentioned it might purchase the rival expertise group ICM, combining two highly effective stables of brokers amid sweeping adjustments in Hollywood and the worldwide sports activities trade.
The deal, which is predicted to shut by the top of the 12 months, comes after expertise companies have been compelled to dismiss employees because of the pandemic-related suspensions of dwell occasions and dear delays in filmed productions. Monetary phrases weren’t disclosed.
It could be the primary massive merger of expertise teams because the William Morris Company mixed with Endeavor in 2009. Endeavor, led by Hollywood impresario Ari Emanuel, was backed by the personal fairness group Silver Lake for a decade and went public in April. It has a market capitalisation of $12.5bn.
The deal will carry CAA’s shoppers — which embrace Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg — beneath the identical roof as ICM’s Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and Jodie Foster.
The personal fairness agency TPG invested in CAA in 2010, taking a majority stake 4 years later in a transaction that valued the expertise company at greater than $1bn.
The deal got here as monetary buyers sought methods of benefiting from content material rights that soared in worth as music and video streaming created new methods of monetising artists’ again catalogues and triggered a increase in tv manufacturing.
CAA, primarily based in Los Angeles, has strengths in movie, TV, music and sports activities. In addition to its core areas of movie, tv and theatre, ICM has a robust books division. ICM final 12 months acquired London-based ICM Stellar Sports activities, which has greater than 800 shoppers around the globe. Each teams boast of their power in rising areas equivalent to podcasting.
“The strategic mixture of CAA and ICM bolsters our collective sources, experience and relationships to ship much more alternatives for our world-class shoppers to construct their careers and their manufacturers throughout a number of disciplines and platforms in an evolving market,” CAA mentioned.