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Former Paradigm agents launch Arrival Artists

By | Published on Wednesday 21 October 2020

Arrival Artists

The mass redundancies at the Paradigm Talent Agency as a result of COVID-19 has led to yet another new agency being launched by former employees of the company. Agents Erik Selz, Ali Hedrick, John Bongiorno, Karl Morse and Ethan Berlin have teamed up with former Billions Corporation COO Matt Yasecko to launch Arrival Artists.

“We want to construct an environment that encourages collaboration, crossover and artistic risk-taking among our clients”, says Selz. “This is not high-minded, nor a vision with tight guardrails, but rather a practical approach to a platform best-suited for the creators we represent”.

Yasecko adds: “A diversity of artists yields a diversity of opportunities. Our goal isn’t to corner the market on one genre; it’s to be a home for unique, singular talents that we can champion”.

Those “singular talents” at launch include Khruangbin, Sufjan Stevens, BadBadNotGood, Mt Joy, Nubya Garcia, Car Seat Headrest, Andrew Bird, Goose and Chicano Batman.

The new US-based firm has also announced a partnership with London-based ATC Live in Europe, offering global representation on their shared rosters.

“There is a clear space in the agency ecosystem for agile, independent companies that can provide innovative worldwide solutions for artists”, says ATC Live’s Alex Bruford. “The relationship between ATC and Arrival has quickly blossomed through a mutual desire to put the artists first, and we are delighted to be working together”.

Arrival is the latest in a number of new agencies to be launched by former Paradigm agents. Avery McTaggart, Amy Davidman, Devin Landau, Marshall Betts and Ryan Craven launched TBA last month. Meanwhile, Patrick McAuliff and Phil Egenthal teamed up with former WME agent CJ Strock to launch Mint Talent Group, hiring former staffers from Paradigm, WME, CAA and Madison House. Not going the start-up route, Jeffrey Hasson and Matt Meyer joined UTA earlier this month.

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